I did it!

I reached the end of my novel!

Not entirely sure what got into me, but once hubby was up, I set myself up on the PC and got stuck into the edits. Amazingly Ivy decided it was a good day to harrass Daddy instead of me, and Lauren was perfectly happy chilling out, playing by herself or her sister – they took it in turns to come get cuddles from me, one every half hour or so, but otherwise I was left to my own devices.

That never happens, I can’t remember the last time I had five hours of relative peace and quiet to get some solid work done, I mean it’s been weeks since I’ve had a day where Lauren didn’t need semi constant contact because of colds or teething, so it was such a blessing to get this massive stretch yesterday morning.

And Lifelines is good, I got quite caught up in it so I’m going to make sure I do a double check on the end when I get back to it. I’m not looking at it again til Monday though, at which point I’ll start reading through aloud and see what that nets me.

A friend asked me if I was getting another opinion on it but I’ve decided not to. My reasoning is that it’s in good enough shape to shop around because no novel is perfect, and if I happen to find someone to take it on, no doubt there will be changes that need to be made. I’ve had about 8 different sets of opinions on it now and the next set of opinions I need will be from the professionals. Β Just about time to set this baby free.

Oh, I did a little fresh writing yesterday on Snow White, fingers crossed I can find the time to finish that off today, it would make two short stories this month – 2 less than I had hoped for, but still better than normal! Am feeling really on fire with my writing at the moment, and it’s nice to be able to look back and actually see that I’m making progress.

On the reading front, I’m working my way through The Vector, which is the novel for this round at the efiction book club – I’m enjoying it so far, initially images which sprang to mind were like those in 24 Days. While there don’t appear to be any ‘zombies’ in this novel, there are lots of viruses and intrigue, why not read along with us?


15 thoughts on “I did it!”

  1. Congratulations on finishing the novel. Professional eyes are important in deciding if a novel is publishable, so I suggest asking a published author to take a quick read-through.

    All the best.

    1. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment πŸ™‚ Nice to see a new face.

      Good advice too, I hadn’t thought of that! I guess there are a few people I could ask, I’m just worried about getting caught up in endless cycles of revision.

      This is that ‘first novel’, the one that people would say almost never gets published, so while I’d love to get it accepted, at this point it’s more about putting myself out there and taking that next step. I would hate to be that person with 20 novels sitting in a box under my bed whose never submitted a thing. At some point we have to trust ourselves and just do it.

      That said, maybe I will ask some of the published people I know. Thanks again πŸ™‚

  2. big big BIG congrats!!! sometimes things conspire for us, sounds like your girls did just THAT!

    I agree; let that baby fly. you’ve given it a fair share with others, gotta let it go sometime… πŸ™‚

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