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bear by san

Maybe when our story's over we'll go where it's always spring

the band is playing our song again, and all the world is green

Well, that's it. I hacked out a subplot that I never liked much anyway, found a more elegant solution for that character, and brought it in at ~450 pages/112,000 words--and it turns out I didn't actually need several of those scenes I thought I needed.

And it feels done this time. It always works this way on novels--when I get to the end of the first draft, it doesn't feel done. When I get to the end of the second draft, that's when the closure hits. I may go back and do rewriting, but the novel is done. It's moved to the finished part of my brain.

And more than that. The trilogy is finished, the more so because I just reread both other books this week, so I have the whole thing in my head all at once, as much as will fit, and pfft. Out the open window. Gone.

Fly away, little story. Fly away and be free.

I feel lightheaded. This always happens. It's very weird. I mean, there's still two rounds of revision, the copyedited MS, and the page proofs for this and for Scardown to go. But this is a significant step in the end of something I've been working on for two years. I hope it doesn't suck.

And this is so totally the theme song for this book, it's scary. My protag's middle name is even Marie.

The face forgives the mirror. The worm forgives the plow.

Comments

Hurray! Hurray! I so admire anyone who can write novels -- what you do is so difficult.
*g*

I like you.
Yowsas!
*g* Actually, I do have post-partum depression... or as I call it, post-novel ennui.

They are so very consuming that when they're not there, eating your head, it's hard to remember what to do with yourself.
Coolness. And once again: "Go Bear!"
thanks!
Congrats!
Thanks!

Ooo, look at me sleeping until nine AM on a weekend and getting upand NOT WRITING! *dances*
Congratulations!

This probably sounds stalkerish, but I really enjoy reading about your writing. You don't make is sound easy, which I wouldn't believe, anyway, but you make it feel real. I'm looking forward to reading the books you've written about here.

Thanks for the Tom Waits link. I've heard of him, of course, but I've never heard him. The lyrics were fabulous - he's on my list now for the next time I go to the CD store.
The wave print in your icon makes me smile every time I see it. I don't know the artist, but it's on the cover of my copy of Yukio Mishima's The Sound of the Waves. Stupid boy. You change more lives through art than suicide....

It doesn't sound stalkerish at all. Writing--I dunno. It's not *easy.* But for me it's not the torment some writers talk about either. It's work, hard work. Like digging ditches with the mind. But sometimes it's really rewarding, too, and--

best
job
in the
world. *g*

And I myself find it really reassuring when more advanced writers talk about the pitfalls.

Tom Waits, by the way, is awesome. *g* And you are very welcome here.
And a line of rodents conga through the room!

Hey, in another week or so you get to start in on another trilogy.

::Ducks::

Writing is a treadmill. Or an addiction, whatever. Like the laws of thermodynamics -- you can't win, you can't break even, you can't get out of the game.

But eventually, the book comes out.
conga-rats! heeeee.

I actually have... Well, I sold my fourth book. And my sixth book. And my tenth book (which I just finished). So the next trick is selling my option novel (which is written--book five) and its sequels (books eleven and twelve, although book eleven is a shared-world sequel and not a direct sequel)... meanwhile, I'm trying to conflate books one, two, and three from a sucky trilogy into a decent duology, and I have another historical fantasy duology (shared universe with the option novel but 400 years earlier) to try to sell. And a YA novel with *nothing* in common with anything, as it's historical mystery.

*cough*

Could be worse.
Thanks, Hanne.

It's... all a little dizzy. I think I need a bit of a break. or something.

I'm actually really looking forward to your virgin book, as an aside. And not just because Kit gets a mention.
*Steals the cut sub plot* :)

Congrats, dude! That second draft went fast. I remember writing a congrats on the first draft just a couple weeks ago. Hmmm... wonder what crazy project Bear will come up with next? Will it involve elves? Hmmm...

you know, the option novel does involve elves....
::a stray Random Janissary dashes in from stage left, dances an anachronistic jig and leaves again::

That's fantastic news!
Thanks!