past my First Reader (the Hubby), by reading it out loud to see how it sounds and how it flows, &c.
He had to leave for a four-day trip today.
Where did we stop?
Right at the part of the climax where one character gets shot in the head.
Poor guy has to wait four days for the last sixteen pages.
In other news, I still haven't heard from either Baen's or Writers of the Future, so I guess I'm going to send the Faerie Show fic to WotF for this quarter. Deadline's tomorrow. So what are you guys sending them?
ETA: I just checked the blog again, and they put up the finalists and semi-finalists for the quarter. I'm not on either list. le sigh.