Yes, I finally did it, I gave my mother my ms to read. Seeing as how she is the orgininal Ashenden, I thought she’d better have a look just in case it actually sees the light of day and on the off chance she didn’t want her name being attached to anything she didn’t like. I did feel compelled to tell her that it had ‘sexy bits’ in it. She just gave me a slightly exasperated look and said, in very dry tones, “It’s not like I don’t know anything about that, Jackie.” Cue nervous laughter from her daughter.
Anyway, am feeling totally weird. I know everyone said to relax before the revisions come but I just can’t. I keep thinking about the ms and wondering if the things that are wrong with it are the things that they thought too or are they something completely different! But that’s a rhetorical question and a pointless rhetorical question at that – no way of knowing until I hear back. Currently the ms is in its fifth draft (whenever I make significant changes I always save it in a new draft so I can go back to the old one if need be) so you can see how many times I’ve changed the wretched thing. The main problem is that I’m retro-fitting an older ms that I wrote before I had a real idea about conflict. Consequently I had to redo the conflict which means heaps of rewrites. So hard! I probably should have put in the story I wrote for Nanowrimo instead. That’s all done and semi-polished and the conflict is much better. Ah well, too late now.