I'm going to try one more thing before I start making cuts. I'm going to try to critique one piece each day before I start my own writing. I will see if that will resolve the backlog that keeps building up. But it still feels like a chore, rather than a pleasure. There are good things that come out of critique groups, if nothing else it's made me a firm believer in getting someone else's eyes on your work. There are things (like overuse of the word 'was) that I am blind to but that other people can see. My first drafts also seem to be a bit 'dirty' with mis-chosen words (I blame my brain for typing 'by' instead of 'my') and occasional comma shenanigans. Some of that will diminish as I get better at my new craft.
Well, anyway, I'll work on my critique backlog today and if/when I get that done, I'll move on to Angel Odyssey. This fourth draft is turning out more and more to be true re-write. Still, we'll salvage what we can.