I finished draft #5 of Two Graves at the end of July. Since then I've been waiting for comments. Now I wasn't sitting on my rear doing absolutely nothing. I did do my 2006 taxes. (When I handed them over to my accountant for review, he said, "What? It's not October yet.") In addition, I saw my first non-kids first-run movie in a blue moon (The Bourne Ultimatum), watched Barry break the home run record, went to Davis to see my niece in Beauty and the Beast, lunched with friends, celebrated my wife's birthday, and hung out with #1 while the rest of the family spent five days in Montana. Those lazy, hazy days are over.
Today I got the comments pack on draft #5 of Two Graves. It's getting close.
When my father, #4, and I went to see The Legend of Zorro, a mediocre sequel to The Mask of Zorro (which, in turn, was a pale imitation of the best swashbuckler ever, The Mark of Zorro), my dad said, "Needed more action." Now that's #4's catchphrase for any movie that does not keep his eyes glued to the screen. Why do I bring this up? Because essentially that was the comment on this draft: "Needs more action in the first hundred pages."
Gotta get going. En garde.