Hello, all. I am happy to report the revision is going wonderfully. Throughout the summer I stewed and stewed, considering the novel from the first sentence to the last, thinking of its structure, forcing myself to be willing to get radical with it if need be. By August, clarity came, and I found exactly what I needed to do with the first chapter, which is really the essential piece when doing a re-write like this.
I believe I have the first chapter ready, and now am plunging ahead. The work is inspired and rapid. Enormous momentum and confidence. This is a special story, and my efforts are matching up with the potential.
I'll post updates from time to time. By the end of October, I may post the first two or three chapters for y'all to have a look.
Mightily fueled by gratitude. Last night, I told one of my patrons, a very fine poet from Ireland who is in the MFA program with me—David McLoghlin, Google him and check his work out—that I am working with such a happy sense of responsibility. I want to make good on the promise of Gaines, and to make everyone who donated feel that their money was well-spent. Y'all have made the work possible.