But after much tap, tap, tapping, it's finally finished! For now...
Soon my editor, Jo Holloway, will read the revisions I've made. And while it's certainly an improvement on the raw material that was my first rough draft (I can't believe I submitted it to the Rose & Crown competition - or that it actually got 3rd place!), I'm sure there will be further editing required.
I've also sent the rewrite to my cousin, Adele Jones, herself a prolific writer with a recently completed Masters of Letters in Literature (she's a very busy woman!). She's pinpointed some key areas in the draft that could do with some polishing. And while I'm extremely grateful for her valued insight, I now feel like I'm back where I started (almost):
Tap, tap, tap...!