Wednesday, January 20, 2010

It's in the Bag!

I've been teetering on the edge of finishing Book 6 for some time.
I love that final stretch where the words spill out, tripping over each other in their haste to reach the finish line.

Last night, while the boys watched the footie, I unplugged Desdemona and wrote the epilogue, lying on the settee.

Then - I danced round the room ...
poured a large slug of Malibu into my camomile tea ...
ate some chocolate ...
a packet of crisps ...
two satsumas ...

Yeah, I really know how to party.

I'm looking forward to the 2nd draft refinements, which will be my first opportunity to see how it all hangs together, pruning the bits where the pace drops off and fleshing out the scenes I've skated over.

Then on to the the 3rd and final draft where I make sure I've always chosen the best word/phrase/image, before I enter the nail-biting phase where I send it off and wait for my agent's feedback.

Meanwhile, I have another 2 MSes to edit, so I'm izzy wizzy. Add that to continuing email problems and it means I might not get here much for a while.

But I'm close ... very close ...
What a ride!

14 comments:

Queenie said...

Woo HOO well DONE congratulations!!! I can't wait to read it!

Debi said...

Me too!

Rachael Dunlop said...

I'm dancing a jig for you - you had just started this book when I joined EDWG 18 months ago. You are inspirational!

L-Plate Author said...

2nd draft refinements? After a dirty first draft my 2nd drafts finally make the thing look like a book!

Well done, for getting that last chapter finished, and the last chapter finished and the...x

SueG said...

Mazel Tov!! And I can't believe you were able to finish it at night with the kids around. What concentration!! Can't wait to read it....xoxox

Meloney Lemon said...

Congratulations on the new baby. hope to read all about Switch's exploits at an EDWG meeting soon.

Camomile and Malibu though.

XXX

Tania Hershman said...

Wow, Book 6! You star, congratulations!

Debi said...

Thanks, all. Your encouragement means so much.

Rachael - I hadn't realised that timing. I'm especially pleased cos I took several months out when I was concentrating on the Revo Blog. As you know, it was the writers' group who provided the impetus once again to get me back in the saddle.

L-Plate - we haven't met in Real Life (yet) but I already feel you know me so well ...

Sue - I have deafness to thank for being able to concentrate in the middle of chaos.

Mel - I know! What am I like???

Cheers, Tania. You're more than starry yourself.

Debs said...

Well done, no wonder you had a celebration.

Debi said...

Any excuse, Debs, but this was a genuine one.

Marie said...

That's great, Debi. Well done!

Jenn said...

Congratulations!

I always celebrate with a couple of satsumas too... although I never stop at just two.

Liane Spicer said...

OMG! You love Malibu too? The rum-and-coconut Malibu? I take mine on the rocks, baby. :D

Huge congrats on finishing #6!

Debi said...

Cheers, Jenn and Liane. Hope one day we can get together for Malibu and satsumas.