As I’ve been working through the first round of revisions to BLOOD IS THICKER, I’ve also been rereading parts of A CIVIL CAMPAIGN by Lois McMaster Bujold. Not just because it’s my favorite of the Vorkosigan Saga books, though it is. Also because it’s a good model for how a smart man can blow up his own love life–and then fix it again by realizing his own mistake.
That’s one of the things that happens in BLOOD WILL TELL, although obviously in a very different way, and it didn’t come off quite right in the first draft. It was too flat and a bit stereotypical. So, how to fix it. Well, it never hurts to try to pick up pointers from somebody who handled a similar situation extremely well.
I think I’ve made it better. It still may need some tweaking, but that’s what revisions are for.
BTW, I’ve finally built up some momentum in this one. I’ve passed the half-way point in this revision. Yay!
That’s good, because I’m very soon going to have three revision projects going at once:
- The ongoing revisions to MAGE STORM as critiques come in.
- BLOOD IS THICKER
- And the start of the first round of revisions to THE BARD’S GIFT.
And that doesn’t count three (soon to be four) short stories that need some attention.
Well, at least I know I won’t get stuck. I’ll always be able to switch to something else if I do.