In other news, I have been burning the midnight oil on finishing my novel, Scarlet Letters: The Tail of the Vampire Mailman. After a several-months hiatus (life threw our family a major curve ball last fall, and my writing screeched to a 3-month halt) I decided to start over and revise from the beginning. I knew that there were existing plot holes the size of Meteor Crater in the first act, and I couldn't finish the story knowing those were there and that the whole story could change as a result of fixing them. Now that I've bridged those gaps, I feel a lot better going forth. There is something to be said for the act of writing being easier when you're sure about what you're doing. I have noticed that when my enthusiasm flags, it's because I've painted myself into a plot corner and I have to retreat, gather my energy, and attack it with new aplomb. I have also received new vigor in the form of validation. It feels good to be getting published again (see the news blurb on the upper-right if you didn't see it coming in).
This draft almost feels like someone else's work, so revising it has actually been a treat. I realized as I was reading it that it was far better prose-wise than I thought it would be. My beta readers will undoubtedly make it even better.
Let's hope this momentum continues.