Took another 3 chapters of Led to the Slaughter to writer's group last night. Grasping at straws, but when I finished Pam said, "That was really good." I know, I know. That's what people always say, right? But not really, not voluntarily out of turn, not in a genuine voice.
I'll take whatever small encouragements I can get.
In the course of rewriting this week, I thought it was really good too. And I don't normally think that about my own work. Usually I have much more doubt.
I worked out the ending of Blood of Gold yesterday, and I got an euphoric creative rush. I think the surprise at the end is sufficient to justify all the rest. Now I just need to sit down and finish the book, and therefore the trilogy, starting Friday.
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