74,124 words. Finished. I’ve been living with these people in my head since November. Now… well they’re still there, but not really ‘alive;’ their story is over, so now they’re just pieces on a chessboard that I move while editing Cursed Hearts for a commercial release.
I’ve done this twice before, so it keeps getting easier: fix the story, format pages and chapters, convert to PDF. I’m going to need cover art, so besides getting a quote from Createspace, I want to reach out to what little connexions I have in the ‘artist community.’ Friend Tracy made a sketch some months back; as I concept, I like it, but for marketing reasons I want photo-images rather than drawn-images, if that makes sense.
I’m sorry that there’s nothing under the fold, this time. Giving away the ending is, well, giving away the ending. I also tie up several plot threads I knew that I’d had dangling for the last few months.
I know I’ve yeoman’s work ahead of me, editing this, but… I’m really glad I got to know everyone: Chris, Cat, Maya, Anton. Seven months ago, we were all total strangers. What a story they let me see! Thank y’all so much!