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03 January 2008 @ 07:15 pm

Email from der agent indicates der editor has only minor revision comments on HANDS OF FLAME.

I’m so relieved I could cry.

That trilogy has been the hardest thing I’ve ever written. I wrote at *least* five books worth of material. I rewrote HEART OF STONE three times before it got bought, and a fourth time to editor spec. I had to throw out two thirds of HOUSE OF CARDS and rewrite the remaining third in revisions. I tore HANDS OF FLAME apart six times before I got it right, and at that point I was, as you can probably understand, not at all sure I’d *gotten* it right. It’s been about a month since I turned it in and I have been living in utter terror of having to rewrite it all again. Getting notification of minor revision comments is just…exhausting, it’s so relieving.

(This has been a genuinely weird road, with this series. I have no feel at *all* for HEART OF STONE, and so the highly positive reviews and responses I’ve gotten from it have been just wonderful, if a little mind-boggling. I actually think HOUSE OF CARDS is the better book, so I’m really wondering how people are going to respond to *it*. And after tearing HANDS apart six times and bleeding over every. damned. word. (and hearing that there are only minor revisions), I am halfway confident I *did* get it right, and I think it makes a strong end to the trilogy, and has the potential, once revisions are done, to be better than the first two. But my *God*, what a hard road it has been.)

I’m going to go eat the dinner what my wonderful husband has cooked, and I am going to sit on the couch under a warm blanket and I am going to rot my brain for the remainder of the evening.

miles to Minas Tirith: 378
ytd wordcount: 4200

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Jannejanne on January 3rd, 2008 07:44 pm (UTC)
Heart of Stone
I suspect the LJ review on this one only got written in my brain, not actually posted -- but I did get around to reading Heart of Stone, mainly while waiting at the emergency room this christmas. It was really fun revisiting the final version after having read that early beta -- haven't re-read the beta since, but could definitely spot the changes. Well, a number of them, there may have been others I missed. (A couple of changes had me giggling, though maybe I should mention them next time I see you.) Very enjoyable read, and the pacing was indeed improved from the early version. Looking forward to the next two!
Alix (Tersa): Kitties--brotherly love (tersa)tersa on January 3rd, 2008 07:46 pm (UTC)
*hugs you bunches*
Big Ferretbigferret on January 3rd, 2008 10:53 pm (UTC)

Dear lord that last one was spelled badly!
Steve Nagystevenagy on January 4th, 2008 12:05 am (UTC)
Congrats. Looking forward to reading it all. :-)
Lauraskeagsidhe on January 4th, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! That's great news.

And yes, the reviews that say HoS is great are correct. I enjoyed it a lot and so did the people I told to go and buy it.
Childlightchildlight on January 4th, 2008 04:25 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed Heart of Stone and there was a line that seemed like a friendly poke at one of my favorite tv shows from the 80's. That was fun. Also I really liked the fact that we had a supernatural character that wasn't a vampire or werewolf for a change.