I'm so glad I workshopped The Novel at WisCon this year--everyone seemed to like the book and had really good points. Because the piece is so polished, most of the work I need to do now is big-concept stuff that either I just didn't pay enough attention to when I wrote it originally, or are things that didn't make it through all the changes I made in the last few Big Edits.
This means that while I do have fixes for most everything, there's a lot of time-consuming searching through the whole manuscript for every instance Thing A is mentioned, tweaking it or deciding it doesn't need to be tweaked, and then moving on to the same for Thing B, Thing C, etc.
There were also a few plot points I needed to work out that meant I spent several hours this afternoon yapping with my roommie-and-muse and then writing down my thoughts and counter-thoughts. I oftentimes don't see good answers to problems until I talk them out with people or until I write down the solution and realize it wouldn't work/is too complicated.
There's a lot more to work on, but I do actually need to get up and go to work tomorrow, so I'm reluctantly putting aside the critiques for the night.
Book rec: finally read Karen Healey's The Shattering--loved it! Great mystery with enough subtle terrible twists to keep me going. I love the three main characters and the diverse cast as a whole. Guardian of the Dead is still my favorite of her books, but I really enjoyed The Shattering. Check it out if you like YA mystery!