Since my daughter's wedding, I've been coping with a home remodel and then dived into landscaping at our weekend house. I've spent more time on finishing up these long-delayed projects and less time on figuring out why I wasn't happy with the book.
When I had time to work on the book, I was bum-fuzzled because I couldn't put my finger on why it didn't please me. After all, this book is an expanded version of a previously-print published book. Frustrated, I'd shove it aside and go to the other projects.
Finally, I confronted the issue, went back to square one, and started over. Now, I'm "into" the characters and the story. As I was fine-tuning a couple of chapters today, I found myself smiling -- pleased with what I was reading.
Dolly Parton, a really smart lady, said: "If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one."
That's what I did. It worked.