EDIT 1 YEAR LATER:
Well, not nearly as far as all this. But actually the story itself is in a much better place -- much more interesting, many more layers, and a tighter plot to boot. (No functional full draft, however...not even one in which characters have the same name the whole way through. You know that awkward moment when you meet someone who has your character's first name and it's an uncommon enough first name that you're like, "Well...I had the name picked out long before I met you but let's avoid awkwardness" so you change the character name? That happened. Twice for the same character. Ugghh.)
And I think honestly the main reason a lot of this didn't happen is that I was super busy. Summer was when I planned to get most of this done -- and I was way, way too busy but in the best possible way. A lot of learning and growing on so many levels, and I finished almost every day utterly exhausted but happy. Worth putting this off. But, as a result, what precious little time I had in the fall that was supposed to go to fine tuning was not so useable. With big overhauls, I need chunks of time to sit down and figure out what's going on and keep it all in front of me at the same time, and that just wasn't going to happen during an exceptionally busy period of my life.
Now that winter is here, there is some time to figure out how to fill in the last few remaining plot holes (which are already a lot less deep than they were a year ago) and hopefully have something approaching a polished full draft by the summer!
I like short-term goals much more than long-term ones, but here goes just one this New Year's...
By this time next year, I'd like to have a polished draft of the novel I'm currently refining. Right now, I'm fixing some major plot holes and really tightening up the plot; the next draft will probably require a critical look at a more detailed level, going through sentence-by-sentence, and making sure the dialogue is just right.
I plan on accomplishing this by finishing up the current draft by the end of the summer, so that the plot pieces are more or less all in place. No big fat gaping plot holes.mini-blurbWelcome to the world of mecks and mages, where an obsessive and odd young mage, nicknamed Sparko, stalks an aspiring athlete who, as it so happens, has a big wolfy secret that she is desperate to keep under wraps. Meanwhile Sparko and his unusual lightning obsession attract the interest of an idealistic extremist looking to shatter the divide between mecks and mages.
Will probably change Sparko's name to Sparks. Maybe? Anyhow, current draft was definitely not finished up by the end of the summer, but the world/character ideas have been fleshed out significantly. It was a busy summer! In the best possible ways.