How long do I shelve my first draft, before reading the manuscript and re-drafting?
Sometimes 10 years, the elves have waited since 2005, I did do a bit in 2012 then got busy with my fairytale of 25 years and much beyond start in 1986 and finish 2014 - many adventures inbetween; gardening, computer death and all saved files, storytelling, then the door open for self-publishing and so the fairytale finish and on the web. Rhyonna is flying from here to there on the vast web. She is waiting for marketing.
Then I wrote about 6 storytelling books which are now waiting - one is finish and almost published, which took about 10 years. The premise change several times: humble heroes, able women to damsels and their value.
So the elves are shelved and waiting, impatiently. They have many tales to tell and now a village, which is a colony of 36+ individually.