I finished.

MY. ROUGH.DRAFT.

Of the book.

That I wrote.

Ahead of schedule — 4 pages and about 5000 more words than I planned for the rough draft.

In the dark of the night, I got to type “THE END” for the first time in my life.

Man, it felt good.

Like great-good.

Like PUNCHING A MANTICORE IN THE FACE IN BETWEEN BLISTERING KEY-TAR SOLOS -GOOD.

Come on -- he freaking deserves it. WIPE THAT SMIRK OFF YOUR GOB, MANTICORE.

I know I’m a long way from being finished — I have a lot of editing, a lot of fleshing out, a lot of work still to do.

And let’s be honest — I’ll probably hate 45% of what I read, cutting and slashing with my seafoam green Sharpie.

And I know this is in no way impressive to the bulk of my WordPress pals — some of you with five or more novels under your name.

But this is my first time making it to base camp, before the final assault to the peak of BOOK MOUNTAIN.

So pass me some hot cocoa, and keep your snickering to a minimum.

"Where can I stash my keytar, y'all?"
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12 thoughts on “I finished.

  1. congrats! and it doesn’t matter how many novels you have under your belt, it’s still always a feat. also, that last picture reminds me of Alestorm. they are an awesome pirate metal band with a keytar.

  2. Congrats! When you get ready to query, do another happy dance – you’ll need it. Until then, have fun with the edits. Remember, it is never hopeless.

    1. Tough call — I do think that approaching with fresh eyes is important, so I’m going to wait as long as I can before cracking into it [probably a couple of weeks, if my willpower holds out.] — but honestly, the first half of the thing was written six months ago, and my memory is terrible.

  3. Great news! All the best with the edit :D! Also, fresh eyes are great yes, but if you have the feel for it now and are not worn out etc, go for it. When you get sick of it…take a break.

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