A few months ago I finished the zombie novel I have been working on for almost three year(it still needs lots of edits so maybe finished isn't the right word, I got it to a point where I'm not embarrassed to show it to people I respect) . Five months ago I sent it out to twelve friends who had all expressed an interest in reading it at some point. I've only heard back from two. I'm guessing this is not a good sign. Granted it is a zombie novel so it isn't everyone's cup of tea(I'm pretty sure this is why my wife hasn't read it) but I was expecting to hear back from a few more people. I've been working on new projects since then and I feel like my writing is better now but how bad was that first novel? This week I'm going to sit down and read it. Not edit it which is a different, much-less-pleasant, type of reading but try to read it for pleasure. I haven't really messed with it all summer so maybe I can come at it with fresh eyes. Wish me luck.