As some of the forum members may already know, I write together with my hubby and fellow mod @T.Trian. We have a ton of manuscripts, but none of them are polished enough, and it's starting to grind my gears. I want something finished, and we've decided it'd be best we dragged our contemporary novel to the finish line first. Reason: we wrote the first draft in 2010 and getting back to it in 2016 proved there were a lot of things we needed to re-write technology-wise. I'd rather we didn't have to do another similar update six years from now, so hopefully we'll get this thing finished-finished in 2017. WIP's name-in-progress is Three Waifs and One More. Logline: College student Fyen Caradas shoots a rapist to death in self-defense but is framed for murder by the victim's friends and the media. We're trying to shave it down to ~100k, which still feels like a lot, but at least it'd be a start. Based on the feedback from alpha readers, the beginning should take off a bit more quickly--so we'll def work on that. Yesterday we re-wrote a scene which triggered the main conflict of the story: the protagonist kills a man who attempts to sexually assault her. I'm fairly happy about the way it turned out, what was established and foreshadowed in it, but I think it could be better. More nuanced and subtle (I sometimes worry we are too on the nose). We'll let it sit and re-read it tonight or tomorrow. In the meanwhile I have to chew over the next major scene which concerns two other POV characters. It's a sex scene. Sigh. I actually have a tad stupid yet niggling concern: they have sex twice over the course of the story, and I guess I wanted those scenes to be a bit more different but somehow they turned out quite similar, only the POV is different. It feels like a missed opportunity--or is it just me? So I guess that's where we're at with this WIP. I really super duper hope we manage to finish this goddamn thing in 2017.