My back hurts and my brain needs rest, but it's worth it. I've been chained to my desk for days now. I'm finished with a task that I wouldn't have forced upon myself, if not for wanting to publish my trilogy as an omnibus.
I was straddling the fence of smoothing out the language in Luminescence (Rayne Trilogy #1). I'd long-since decided to leave it alone, but the omnibus made me change my mind.
I've grown to know and understand Rayne so much over these past three years. When I first started writing her back then, I failed to listen to her shouting, "That's not who I am. That's not what I would do."
Not only did I smooth out the way her species speaks (their language is based on Latin), but as I went through it, I realized I made a gross error. Rayne loves our language, and her nemesis even declared that she thinks in the "barbaric tongues." I didn't heed my own cue and write the narrative in a "normal English way." Looking back, it was hard to write, because I made it so. I made it too much. Mea maxima culpa!
It's impossible for everyone to like or dislike the same book for the same reasons. But when I, as the author, find myself on the fence for why some readers dislike it, I know it's time to give up the ghost and make some changes. So I did.
After cleaning it up and cutting needless sentences and paragraphs, it's over 40 pages lighter than the original. Three years ago, I had it in my head that it had to be well over 70k+ words, or it was too short. That was stupid. It's well under that word count now, and it's better and stronger because of it.
I've also added and changed a lot to express what was in my head but failed because I didn't quite know her world three years ago when I started writing it.
If I could do it all over again, I would be patient and wait. I would wait until the first draft of book 3 was complete before I published book 1. But I live and I learn.
Ultimately, I have no regrets.
For anyone who read the original version of Luminescence, I'm happy to send you the second edition for you to check out. It won't change or confuse anything for books 2 and 3, and there are some nuggets and references which I would be equally happy to summarize for anyone only interested in that. (Eg, why are her parents afraid for anyone to know what's happening to her; planting inferences throughout that she's not the only one, it's just her story of discovery. I wanted her to be the eyes through which we learn about her Earth and all their abilities. So this isn't a spoiler as much as it's necessary to know - Rayne isn't unique when it comes to her abilities. How so? To answer that would be a spoiler.)
I'm very much looking forward to when all this is done, and I can sit back and know that whatever readers think about the Rayne trilogy, the books are written as I envisioned, and the story is exactly how I want it to be.
Cheers, and may you find yourself delightfully lost in your current read.