Can you love and hate at the same time – I can
I have this love/hate relation with my writing. I love to write, the flow of words on the page, the way the scenes just come together, or when I have to ponder a challenging scene.
But oh my god, I just hate to edit, the checking of mistakes and plot holes, having to go over and over the book again and again.
I know there are some people (maybe they are crazy people?) , who enjoy this process as much as the writing, but what is there to enjoy by making sure you spelled the words correctly, that the grammar is as perfect as it can get?
And the formatting, I know I have a bald spot on my head, and I didn’t even manage to do the formatting right, not even close to that.
The concentration it takes me to listen to every small nuance to make sure words like then and than, or by and buy are used correctly? It’s not even like I misplaced the word – but if once in the entire book one of these words was misplaced, who’s to say it didn’t happen twice? And there are the little verbs, pesky things like shame and shamed, and I have to make sure that the d was there, either by moving over the word letter by letter, or listening carefully to the screen reader.
Ugh, the headache!
All that before the beta readers. Then a few times again after the beta readers (four times to be exact), twice more for the editor’s feeds.
So naturally, for this past month, my love/hate relationship with my book was beginning to tip on the hate balance . . .
And then, last night, my book cover arrived.
I was so excited, I sent it to my brother – I wanted feedback right away.
“It looks great.” He told me, and I could hear the delighted surprise in his voice.
So there I was at half past twelve, the entire house sound asleep, dancing to the sound of my mind’s happiness. Like a mad hag.
Or maybe just a little like Gollum, I just couldn’t help myself crooning to my book.
“My precious. My little precious.”
And my love/hate just tipped to love. There’s no way any hate can have even a foot on that balance, not even a toe nail.
I’ll be sharing the cover of my book with you guys soon. Stay tuned!
About my book
My book is about a young woman called Roxanne Fosch, a twenty-two fee hybrid who escaped a government research facility after spending nine years as a captive. As Roxanne is dodging mercenaries left and right, she discovers that her own clan had offered her to the human scientists as a scapegoat to keep the government away from them – because she’s a mixed breed, the offspring of a dhiultadh and a human.
Wanted neither by the Seelie or unseelie, the Dhiultadh are originally a mixed breed, part Seelie, part unseelie. They took refuge on earth where they thrived with their anonymity centuries ago, but those who knew them or knew about them considered the Dhiultadh one of the highest predators in the world.
Roxanne Whitmore Fosch had a perfectly normal life at the age of twelve. Cool, popular, pretty, smart. She had the perfect dreams of a successful and prosperous future. At the age of twenty two she was a commodity. A fugitive. She was being hunted.
As Roxanne embarks in the dangerous quest to search for half-truths about her past, she discovers she’s not just an abnormal human but a rarity even among her fee peers, and that scientists aren’t the only ones hunting her, but far more dangerous beings with other obscure
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