Well - it took longer than I expected, but the full edit - line by line, word by word - of Loremaster is done. The file is saved in four different places and I am happy with the result.
A line by line edit is an arduous task. I can only sustain that kind of editing for a few hours before my eyes cross and I really need a break. I am glad I took the time to do it. I found numerous opportunities for improvement, overused words, awkward structures and the odd grammatical error. Loremaster is a much better manuscript today than it was a few weeks ago.
I have a number of projects that need attention, but where to start?
Do I jump right in to the Loremaster sequel that I started a few months back? Might make sense - I have the first book fresh in my mind.
Do I finally finish fleshing out Patriot or Herne to novel length?
Do I revisit The Witch, a little story that grew and one I'm very fond of?
Do I start something new?
I suppose the first thing to do is take a deep breath, look at what I have on the go and decide where my energies are most profitably spent.
I'll take the weekend to figure it all out.