I'm still working on the third draft of TAINTED FROST (TF). I'm still excited about it, which I cannot believe at times, because I've been working on it for over two years now. There have been several novels in the past that I started working on and then gave up because I wasn't invested in the story enough. But with TF? I feel like it's a story that absolutely must be told, for whatever reason. I have a little dry-erase board on the wall by my bed and yesterday I wrote "Write the book you want to read." I don't know exactly where I heard or read that quote, but it definitely struck a chord. And I think TF is something I would want to read, especially once I'm done with this round of revisions. It's slowly becoming exactly what I imagined it would be.
Oh, by the way, a few days ago I stumbled up on yet another discouraging blog post about how hard it is (almost impossible) to get published and how hard it is to have success as a writer. I was bummed for about 24 hours, but then it went away. I think I still manage to remain optimistic because I've never queried a novel and, thus, never been rejected. (Although I've queried a short story and received about three rejections, but that's probably not enough to crush an aspiring writer's spirit.) I just hope this optimism holds once I start getting rejections that number into the hundreds. *fingers crossed*