I feel like singing the Dora song, We Did It, and doing a little dance.
Wednesday I finished the last touch-ups on my Queen manuscript. It topped off at 139,000 words--big in my eyes, but small in J.K's. Then I printed 2 copies. One for LuAnn (thanks in advance) and one for me to read straight through. I've done quite a bit of rewriting over the last few months so I needed to make sure it flows. In fact, I completely changed the ending and the last 150 pages are relatively new material.
One of the last research items I worked on was finding an ancient snake charmer's chant. Something that might have been said in Aramaic in the tenth century, but has been passed down through the generations. I had some trouble. So I modified a goddess chant for now.
Thursday and Friday I read the 540 pages of Queen, making minor editing changes here and there. No fatal flaws stood out. So I hope I'm safe.
Interestingly enough, my son asked me Friday if anyone has found the Queen of Sheba's tomb and if she's a real person.
I said, "Those were my EXACT questions, and that's why I wrote this book."
Then he said, "Mom, you've been writing this book forever."
You can read the first few chapters on my website here.