I need to take a deep breath before I begin this one.
I have just completed 300 pages of editing, with 230 more to go.
I finished the manuscript at around 147,000 words and 478 pages.
The edit has just been supersizing this. I'm now at 165,000 words and 532 pages.
It's been a trip.
As in, I really tripped up in places. I need to rewrite the entirety of chapter 19, which is a lengthy battle scene involving horses...
Did you know the Sumerians didn't have horses?
Yeah, neither did I until a couple of days ago. So, there's plenty of depictions of Sumerians racing around in horse-drawn chariots, like the Standard of Ur (c. 2,600 BC).
Enough about horses.
As for the edit, it's been tough. Really tough. So far, the story starts strong, and it's getting better after halfway, but there was a real slump in the middle where I just couldn't face it for a few days. It is by far the roughest draft I've ever written, and a lot needs fixing. I'm just trying to get it to the stage where I can show it to Leif and get my historical facts checked, but I think there will be several more edits after that.