On the fourth day there was a great light. And Elissa did call it an "aha moment".
The Good Book tells us on the fourth day God created the sun and the moon and the stars to separate day from night and to mark seasons and the passage of time.
So more washing up and more thinking and I decided to totally re-write from about chapter four onwards. I mapped it out and ......it sucked. I had a very busy day yesterday: appointments, errands and meetings and the fact my deadline is only days away and I'm having all theses revelations about the characters and the plot line and the conflict issues being resolved (or not) means that I really am no where near ready to finish this baby.
That doesn't mean I'm giving up - just realising that what everyone has been saying about how hard editing can be is true. But the fact it's hard and that I'm finding all these issues with my work shows me something else - that I know more than I did a year ago. Back then I would have probably already sent this ms off, thinking it was a pretty hot dish with an outstanding chance of being published. Now? Well now I'm applying all my research and I hope that my end product will be much better for it.