I finally decided to stand back from the first novel and get it to the editor. For the past week, I’ve been reading through the story and making minor adjustments. I’m more or less satisfied with a lot of it, so I’ll have to see what happens next.
During the six days of polishing the work, the characters came alive in a special way and I have a feeling I will miss them. I always feel sad when I get to the epilogue – in many ways, those final moments remind me of Dorothy’s farewell to Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion just before her departure from the land of Oz in the film The Wizard of Oz.