I've been working on Masquerade this last week doing line edits, to figure out what I need to revise, and so far am up to Chapter 10. William and Robert have enlisted Richard's help in the scheme to find Penny's tormentor, and alas, I think I have finally found the place I need to cut to bring it down to a reasonable 90-95K. Richard has to go.
I love Richard. He is sssooooo "Master & Commander". But as you know, he has his own book and so, with a little bit of an introduction and a little bit of help at the end, Richard and his horse must go. I'm sorry, I hate to do it, but I need to get this damn book down to a marketable size. Otherwise I'll never get it pubbed.
I'm sorry I have to be so brutal but I did take Ellis' whole scene out of this book. They say you can't have filler, and although Ellis and William had a touching brotherly conversation (the first, I think in their whole lives) and I thought it was a great way to introduce Ellis, I took it out. There's nothing worse than taking out a scene you love. But, it's all for the book.
And so Richard must go as well. And his lovely Belgian horse, Morpheus. This will also cause more re-writes for Penny, she plays in intregal part in how Richard can finally ride his beautiful Belgain horse, however it must be done. I hate to do it but I find I have no choice. (I awoke at 2:45am with this idea and anything that interrupts my sleep must be a good idea.)
So, I'm off to re-write. Again.