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I've ground to a halt on the May story. For some reason, the motivation behind the secondary crime dissolved in the problematic world of the police procedural...erp!

So, I started working on my novel proposal for a workshop that's due in a little over a month. I haven't touched The White Queen since I finished the first draft some time ago.

I took the first two chapters to ArmadilloCon last year and ran them through the workshop there. I just reread my critiques from Julie Czerneda and Chris Roberson. They do not say the same thing. At all.

It's very telling--having read books by both of them--who said what. Czerneda said that the setting should be 'lush' and wanted me to put in a lot more detail and backstory info. (Since I don't really do setting in the first draft, that's a given.) Roberson basically wanted me to have TV endings to the chapters--and a better hook.

They are both right.

So now, I have to plump these up (and write out the outline (I currently have it on index cards) for the book). I really don't want to revise this novel until I've finished the revision of KD, but...here I am anyway.

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J. Kathleen Cheney

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