After entirely longer than I thought it was going to take, I am finally done recreating the second chapter of Circle 2: Hidden. After the Great Laptop Crash of 2019, I had hoped that the process of rewriting everything I'd lost (a whopping 115 pages) and having to start over with nothing but my dialogue notes and a *very* rough first chapter would be quicker than writing it initially. Makes sense, right? It's not the virgin run, it's a second round--a first edit, if you will.
Well, I was wrong.
Turns out, it is actually harder for me to write these chapters the second time around. What took me maybe a few days to write the first time once I sat down and really got started, has taken several weeks to rewrite. At the height of my writing, I was knocking out an average of two chapters per week, not including edits and tweaks. I'd hoped to match that same pace, but I'm not quite there, and I don't think I'll be able to reach that kind of momentum again in the near future due to the rapidly approaching fall semester, in which I'll be taking another round of full graduate credits in a desperate bid to finish my master's before...well, it's a long story, and I probably won't talk about it here.
Anyway, slow as the recreation process is proving to be, hope is not lost. I have still completed the rewrite of chapter 2, and you know what? I think this second version is even better than the first. I've even made it a few pages into chapter 3 already, and I am definitely happy with the way that is turning out. Along with the brief teaser I posted on Facebook and Twitter, Circle 2: Hidden is the book in which a unicorn gets rubbed down with butter. You'll just have to read the novel itself when it's done to find out why.
That's all for now, my loves ~ back to writing I go!