I wasn’t going to work on Vicki until next year. But I was listening to music on my iPhone last night and Need You Now by Lady Antebellum came on. So I couldn’t help but pull up her file.
That song speaks to me so loudly. The back and forth angst is totally Vicki and Elias. They need each other so badly, but they’ve screwed up, swore they weren’t going to call or get back together, but it’s late. Cold. Lonely. I need you now. Then Jesse comes along, and Elias has to be there, at first, to make sure she’s okay. Then he can’t tear himself away, even though he’s uncomfortable.
Last night I got through the first 40 pages. They’re pretty smooth because I’ve had them done the longest (and read those pages the most). Latter sections will take much more work, and somewhere, I need to find room for 5-10K more words to make it a nice length. I know I have several [fix] and [add] notes, so I’m not going to stress about adding too much right now. Let me get a good, solid, polished meaty draft, and then I’ll see where I am on length. I think expanding emotions during the steamy scenes and filling the known holes will be enough.
I adore the ending. ADORE. Absolutely love it. It’s just the middle that needs work!
Goal: be ready for beta readers by Christmas. Synopsis and submit by end of the year!