What's Going On
There are now five people who've read Drivers—besides me. I've gotten some good feedback, and version 3 is coming along well, I think. Sometimes it's hard to implement a suggestion, like adding emotional impact to the beginning of a scene. No ideas yet. If none come, I'll just leave it. With this manuscript, I'm much more wary about making major changes. Everything seems to be working so well in a broad sense.
Drivers is dark. When people started telling me this it kind of took me by surprise. It's dark? It's sad? It's really depressing? And I smile, because that's what I was going for. It doesn't seem that dark to me, though. Maybe because my eyes have adjusted to the dim light after five months.
But it ends well. I love it, anyway, and no one's complained yet—except about what does or doesn't happen to the bad guy. To be honest, I'm leaving him available for a sequel. Drivers stands alone, but it doesn't have to. There are possibilities.
There are always possibilities.
But, oh, what I'm thinking would be so cruel. Poor Ash and Zephyr.
I'm smiling, now. Am I sadistic or what?
Anyway, once I'm done with this revision, it's off to a couple more beta readers. And then another pass or two of editing. And then—I guess I'll query. Speaking of which, I keep changing the query. The latest version is on the DRIVERS tab at the top of this page. You can even leave comments, dear readers, if you wish. Oh, and the first scene is there as well.
And that's what's going on with me. What about you?
p.s. Hey, relatives-who-live-nearby, if you don't want to wait for version 3, I have a printed copy of Drivers version 2.5 you can read.