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you guys I've written a book.
Anyway, the feedback I've gotten has pointed out quite a few things that I was aware of as I was writing and knew that I would have to go back and fix. However, the group who've read it are have noticed a couple of things that I didn't know about: I didn't realize I was avoiding a couple of scenes that need to be there (no spoilers yet) that are important to both plot and character development. There are issues with switching points of view, lots of bad science and issues with how some of the characters age. (Not a spoiler.)
It's all good stuff. It's all given to me with concern for the story and not so much for my feelings. The story matters more than what I think about it. Don't get me wrong, I love this book more than anything else I've written and I want to see my baby get out into the world for others to enjoy. I've been through the birthing process and now I have to nurture it, raise it and let it go to be its own thing. What I'm hearing from my compatriots is that it's a worthwhile project at this point. I am, indeed, a proud Papa.
Sure it's akin to everyone looking at your newborn and saying, "He's got your eyes and your grandfather's chin." I get that. I understand. What's important is that the opinions that are coming back are from people I trust, who will tell me the hard things that no parent wants to hear. "Too much head-hopping", "I don't believe this part" and "Really, what were you THINKING?"
The Cold Distance (and it may be retitled again, so don't get married to it) is the best thing I've written. My focus now is on getting this up to a readable first draft and finding a new group of readers for some more feedback. That should happen in February. My aim for a submittable draft is by May. I need you loyal readers here to hold me to this so I don't get distracted (Oooooh, SHINY!) by holding my feet to the fire.
2012 is off to a great start.