I feel like I have a greater degree of clarity, going through the manuscript a second time. The characters, and more specifically their personalities, stand out stronger in my mind. As I walk through the early scenes, I can see the moments that need to be stronger, that don't fit in with the characters' motivations or simply need more work. It is like a sculptor, gradually chiseling away at the rock, coming in for another pass, and the statue within begins to emerge.
I have also gotten in touch with an artist to do the cover design! It's gettin' real up in here. We've exchanged emails, so nothing is set in stone, but the ball is rolling. And let me tell you, it is going to be AWESOME. Cover design won't happen for a couple more months, but I won't lie, it is thrilling to be at the point of even contacting someone and getting on their schedule. I'll share links to his art when I'm certain this is the direction we're going - it rocks.
I have to give a HUGE shout out to my family and friends for being so supportive and downright amazing. I feel like I have so many people rooting for me. I am humbled and grateful to have so many people behind me. Thank you!!