So today at 4:30, I finished reading out loud. Here’s a look inside my mind:

Saturday: 9 pages in 1 hour
Tuesday: 9 pages in 1/2 an hour
Wednesday: 16 pages in 1 1/2 hours
Thursday: 52 pages in 6 hours
Friday: 84 pages in 9 hours
Saturday: 95 pages in 8 1/2 hours

Tally: 265 pages in 26 1/2 hours for an average of 10 pages an hour, which includes getting up to refill my mug or glass, grab some chips, and/or a Snickers from the freezer.

BTW, I checked my work with a calculator. Amazing that it’s such a lovely round number. Details like this fascinate me. Which is why I have the nickname scribe.

The good news is no major, or minor, problems–mostly sentence-level changes, some paragraphs that needed to be re-worked, lots of minor language adjustments, a bunch of unnecessary sentences, a few details to double check, and several opportunities discovered.

For the next two days, I’ll be very carefully putting my changes into the computer. Some pages I’ll need to print out and re-read. After all the changes are in the computer, I won’t have to sleep with my manuscript…


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