This week I put Shadowkill on temporary hold and edited a short story for submission into the "Writers of the Future Contest." I know I don't stand much of a chance at winning, even honorable mention, but at least I'm trying. At least I'm submitting. I read it at this week's writers' group. Evelyn and Jo liked it, despite the few corrections I had to make to it--even after so many edits, I can still find things to fix.
My deadline of next Friday, May 31st, for the first draft completion of Shadowkill is fast approaching. I may not make it. But I'm going to give it one heck of a shot. I am currently on chapter 45, with over 56K words written. Ideally, I'd like to see 75K, but the first draft will probably not see it because I am nearing the end--several plot points are converging, and one was even tied up. I don't believe I can sustain another 19K worth of words.
I'm also in the process of putting together Beholder's Eye for self-publishing. I'm still trying to nail down just the right cover, and I'm doing a final, final, final edit. I've made a few minor changes. Nothing drastic.