Once I finish this ridiculous project, I will, of course, begin edits. This goes without saying.
However, thanks to the Writing Excuses Retreat, I think I may have a way of salvaging the new Ben & Janni story. Yes, that one, the one I vowed would never see the light of day. It may need to be split into two novels, but I will know more once I actually outline all the character arcs separately in the thing.
I'll be real honest here: I did not have the chops to write this story when I started writing it
. There's good stuff here, but it's buried under the wreckage of its broken structure. But now, I think I might. I at least have the knowledge to know what I need to do to make it actually viable. This is a step in the right direction. I know now what I didn't know then.
And since I'll have at least thirteen shorts under my belt on the year at the end of June, I don't feel bad about working on something that may or not bear fruit. I really do love this novel, and I would love to be able to tell an agent, yes, I have this one and also am working very hard on this second one, and also look at all this bonus material! I have enough bonus material to fill its own antho.
And, of course, if any anthologies have a call for subs in the next few months, I'll totally write stories for those as well.
It feels good to be back on track with this stuff. Very, very good.