I don't know if they'll stay gone, though. More and more, these edits feel like I'm cutting the heart out of the story as well as the dead wood and typos.
I wrote a bit on sunday, about 5k words or so and I re-read part of it today to get some momentum for some fresh writing. It was...well, I wasn't pleased. Then I went back to the first introduction of this character...something I wrote maybe two years ago. And that old stuff was GOOD. Not perfect, but his voice was there and real and appealing.
I'm guessing, remembering back, that I was writing from a place of pure inspiration. At that time, I wasn't concerned with craft or all the other writing stuff that I've been reading this past year or so. I was writing for an audience of one. And it was good.
So I'm going to scrap what I worked on this past weekend. I'll re-read my old stuff and start anew. And later, when I'm finally done with this polished and mass-market-friendly draft, I'm going to go back to my first draft of Angel Odyssey. And if the new version isn't better than the old, I'm going back to the version that I wrote when this story burned through my fingers and I sat in the Throne of Writing and ignored beautiful days to write.