Their response: “Wow.”
I was so nervous before I read it, almost wanted to just pretend I hadn’t brought it, hide it away. As I read, I feared it was boring people, that they didn’t like it.
But then I finished and they said, “Wow.” As in, a good wow. As in, impressed. A few helpful suggestions, but otherwise anxious to find out how the rest of the story is going to go. It also excited the curiosity of our published author, who recently released a World War II novel.
Yes, this is the massive, complete rewrite of Unwilling Time-Traveler. The reaction of the Club is encouraging, of course. This story has filled my head for the past year, and still continuously drives me on. I have to stop for a bit and read Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, but the ideas keep spinning in my head.
I have to get back to research to help put the puzzle of the ending together. I know where I want things to go, but there are some details about the war that I need to get straight first. It’ll also help me smooth out some difficulties in the midsection of the novel.