On Friday, I told you how much I love Cat’s Eyes. At that stage, I had gone through the printed manuscript and added everything I felt was missing after writing book 2 of the series and learning more about the people and the world. However, I still had to transfer my written notes onto the computer.
Today, I spent much of the day (on and off and between chores) locking myself in my bedroom and tackling that chore. At 3pm, the job was done and I started the final read through to ensure my additions didn’t distract from the flow. However, after two chapters my energy collapsed in a pile and I couldn’t resist being drawn to my bed for a nap.
An hour and ten minutes later I awoke feeling quite zombie like. I thought my chances of getting through the rest of the manuscript were remote. However, everything seems to be working in my favour this weekend (for a change). A cool southerly gushed through our house, pushing the humid air out and away. A light dinner helped restore some of that depleted energy. And at 6.30pm I returned to my bedroom and barred the door.
G, a true supporter, supplied me with endless cups of tea while I continued to read. Marathon reading has never been my style, but I managed to read half the manuscript by 8.30pm. However, due to poor concentration levels I had to have numerous breaks (every 20 minutes or so, for about 10 minutes).
Now, it is 10.45pm and I’ve finished the read through. Cat’s Eyes is finished. Yes, I know I’ve said that before, but these changes were necessary. I even managed to put something into book 1 that relates to book 3. I’m so proud of myself. Oh, I almost forgot to mention this – I beat my deadline! I was 90% sure I wouldn’t this time, but that shows you what determination can do.
Cat’s Eyes: Final word count – 25,450.
Now, I’m off to relax for a short while before heading off to bed. I’m exhausted.