Even though my blog's been mostly neglected, I feel obligated, I guess, to report that I finished the first draft of 'Talonshale' yesterday. I re-read it today, and my initial findings are that: one, it flows a quicker than I thought it was going to, and two, that maybe I shouldn't have read it so soon after writing it. The suspenseful and emotional parts had no impact on me because they were still too fresh in my mind -- I knew what was going to happen, and I was still seeing it in terms of 'what I meant', instead of 'what I actually wrote'.
Wouldn't it be nice if we could magically erase all knowledge of our own book, and truly experience it as if we were a first time reader?
I suppose that's why we need beta readers. (lil hint)