Like the dog returning to its vomit, I am working on my Richard III novel again, having decided that the seven chapters I have completed are not quite the total write-off I thought, and with some polishing, may just do.
My idleness, general ill health, and tendency to start other projects - I have at least three other potential novels lined up - have delayed this shamefully. There have been some technical problems too, the latest of which is that I've too fairly significant characters both called Elizabeth. This may be confusing for the reader, but I will not change one of them to Gladys or something, and I'm a bit hesitant to use diminutives given that these are rather grand ladies, one a queen, one a duchess. They both feel like 'Elizabeths' to me!
So I think I shall just plough on and leave it to the edits, unless anyone has any better ideas. One can but hope for intelligent readers.
I pass lightly over the fact that most of the men not called 'John' seem to be 'Richard'. Gaaah! Why did not medieval people get their babies' names off the internet?