It's been a busy couple of weeks. I managed to complete my first draft for 12x12 in 2012 and I'm still rather gobsmacked at how that got done. I went with the food stealing animals idea from lovely commenter, Alison from this post. By the time I had worked out how I was going to do it, the draft took about fifteen minutes - love it when that happens. My picture books (however rare they are) are usually written this way - weeks of deliberation; fifteen minutes of actual writing. It's almost an anti climax! Editing however is a whole other story which may come out at a later date.
The other biggie was that I finally gave away all 345 pages of Flirting With Magick to others to read. So far so good. There will be more on that when I get my critiques back before the next rewrite. But I have been told they 'can't put it down' which I assume is a good thing, unless it has been accidentally superglued to their hands and they literally can't put it down. Then that may not necessarily the feedback I require.
I swear allowing others to read it was one of the hardest things I have done - it would have been easier to give away one of my kids. Or give birth three times over, all over again.
And then I remembered that books are meant for other people whereas my kids are to stay with me. Damn!
Must make a mental note of that!