The good-cop, bad-cop rhythm of responses from my mentor continues. Mostly he likes what I have sent him this time. And he adds “About the decision re Marcus Parent, I applaud your willingness to deal a killing blow to characters and plot lines that don’t carry their weight. Probably a good move.”
Yep, I did the deed—got rid of that new major character (the one I personally most identify with—my heart and soul.) Leaves me with no excuse now not to delve more deeply into Wernher in particular, and the other astronauts—even at the risk of boring the reader!
The manuscript is now down to about eighty thousand words—not bad, but I predict more cuts lie ahead!