The editing process has been meandering along at a fairly consistent pace. I finished making corrections on my printed copy of the novel a two weeks ago and have been making those changes as well as expansions to the actual document since. Currently the second draft is sitting at 20% completed (chapter 4 was just completed yesterday). I’m estimating that it takes around an hour and a half to go through and make the corrections and changes for the protagonist chapters and about forty minutes for the antagonist’s chapters). I think, if I actually buckle down over this weekend, I may have the second draft mostly finished. It may, in fact, be done before my birthday. After that I think I’ll print out another copy and let Kristine read it over. I also might look at formating it as an epub document so I can read over it on the go.
So far I’ve been able to work towards goals one and three for this revision. I haven’t quite hit goal two as Gwen has yet to appear (but will be shortly). The society theme is a bit tricky to work in and I’ve noticed that most of the observations come from the antagonist. There are a few places where I meant to include bits and pieces from the protagonist but for whatever reason I didn’t. The problem, I believe, is the way the view points are structured. The protagonist’s chapters are a stream of consciousness, essentially, as he experiences and reacts to the events of the story. And every time I consider adding the societal theme to his chapters it feels like it is shattering the pacing. The antagonist’s are more… of an introspective or philosophical debate. Slower, methodical, and are generally the musing of a pseudo-intellectual sociopath’s views on his place in society. Also killing, but that’s a given after the preview of the first chapter I posted a while back.
I’ve also started augmenting the various criminal elements that the protagonist runs into. I don’t know, I like the concepts of hidden blades that emerge from slits in a character’s finger tips, or a single shot shotgun blast from their wrists, or full cyberware embedded in their skull keeping them connected to the network all the time. Some scenes will need to be rewritten and certain events need to be tweaked but I like just getting to play around with these ideas.