After letting a couple people read part of my MS, there was a general consensus: "The story is great, but the writing stinks." I admit I made every mistake a novice writer could make, but that does not discourage me. After all, I am a novice writer; I should make mistakes. Something interesting happened while writing the book, though. My main character, who was born a semi-autobiographical character, separated himself and became his own person. I can visualize him reading his own story and shaking his head at me disapprovingly. So, Herb and I are going to try again to tell his story through the written word again, but this time better. I feel like shredding the MS and deleting all of the drafts from my computer and starting from scratch. If there was something worth keeping from the original, it should find its way into the second attempt, right?