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So much for estimation

I'm done. I can't believe it. Going to take a little while to sink in. It's like I've been living with someone for the last month and they've just left on some far off journey, but in my mind it still seems they've only stepped out to the corner store.

Something about this makes me get all metaphorical. Excuse it.

Final count: 59,500 words. Nearly 240 pages.


My hands are shaking a little. It's kind of funny, really. It's not like I haven't ever finished a novel before. I don't think I've ever finished one I felt so strongly about, though. But now it has to sit, until at least September, until I can wrap my mind around it and figure out how to make it what I really want it to be. Until then it'll be a little break, and then more shorts, unless the Loki idea really knocks me over. I'd rather let that wait. Shorts are nice because then I have something to be sending out. The more you have out, the more you can hope for.

Blah blah blah.

Anyway, in other news, my article "What's in a Label?" is now available in Specficme! which is a great market newsletter that I would highly recommend even if I wasn't published in it (I did subscribe before I got the acceptance, which hopefully gives me a little credibility ;)).

And, the wonderful poetry generator, stolen from some anonymous poster in another journal:

Changeling at it went, through much
tweaking, but I read it goes.
I had time to speak of. hours before. I
also have borrowed
the concept behind this story dark
fantasy/Written: mostly
by instinct, feeling my own particular sensibilities.
The title fits.

Hee. That's from the Current Stories page. It almost makes sense, except the first bit. Make your own, here.

And now I think I need a little time, just to breathe.



( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 17th, 2003 03:25 pm (UTC)

What an accomplishment, and knowing you, you've probably got a near-perfect draft. ;)

Tonight you should go do something nice for yourself- go on a book buying splurge or go see a movie.

Oh, and more excerpts please!
Jul. 18th, 2003 04:14 am (UTC)
Re: Yea!!!
Heh. You can only say that ("near-perfect") because you've never read one of my rough drafts. ;)

I don't know if I'll be posting any more excerpts, because I don't want to spoil any of the ending, but I will be asking for reviewers for the whole thing once I have an acceptable rewrite done.

And I did have a very nice evening. :)
Jul. 17th, 2003 03:58 pm (UTC)
How exciting! I look forward to hearing about your revision process this autumn. You are always full of great hints and tips.

I agree that you should celebrate.
Jul. 17th, 2003 04:00 pm (UTC)
Wow, congratulations!!! That is beautiful. I find your perseverance and commitment to your projects very inspiring, as those are exactly the qualities I lack. See, you're my role model now, so you'd better not do drugs or anything...
Jul. 18th, 2003 04:16 am (UTC)
*holds up hands* Drug-free! :D
Jul. 17th, 2003 04:18 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's awesome. ^^ I need to start getting myself to do that. I hope you show some more of your novel/story. I would love to see it.
Jul. 18th, 2003 04:28 am (UTC)
Like I said to urbanwheelbarro, once I get the next draft done, you'll be welcome to read the whole thing if you want to. :)
Jul. 17th, 2003 05:38 pm (UTC)
Take a deep breath and SMILE!! Congrats...I think my hands were shaking when I typed the last words of mine too..lol. Now the real fun begins...trying to sell it...I wish you nothing but the best of luck...
Jul. 20th, 2003 03:15 pm (UTC)
YOU FINISHED!?!?!? That's like....only a month!!! AHHHH!!!!!!!

*needs to catch up*
Jul. 21st, 2003 05:32 am (UTC)

I've said it before, I'll say it again. :) Everyone works at their own speed. Everyone writes in their own way. I may have taken a month to write the rough draft, but it's taken me nearly ten years to write a novel I'm probably going to see through (as close as I can get) to publication. For all you know, you'll take three years to write a rough draft, but that novel will be the one you get published, when you're younger than I am now.

There is no catching up. There is only going onward.
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