Painful or simply complex?

Editors are amazing. Fabulous. Brilliant. I got my copyedits back yesterday and did a quick initial runthrough of the suggested changes. There were many magical changes that the wonderful Melissa wrought in order to shine up my manuscript to a bright polish, but among them was a subtlety that has escaped me through all these years of reading and writing:

torturous: causing torture; very unpleasant or painful; painfully difficult or slow.

tortuous: marked by repeated twists, bends, or turns; marked by devious or indirect tactics. (Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary)

Kiiiiind of an important distinction.

Happy writing!

Here goes nothing

I got my substantive edits today for Demon’s Heart. I had to wince a little, because the first point my fabulous editor raised was an issue I had recognized, but just sort of subconsciously pushed aside. And that, my friends, is why I love editors. They’re there to drag out all the snags and flaws that I, as the author, have pushed under my mental rug.

So I suppose it’s time to dive in. Wish me luck!