As of today, my completed manuscript is now in my agent's possession. What was, at the year's end, a bloated novel of more than 151,000 words is reduced to a sleek 129,800 words (and is still the biggest book I've ever written.) Over a decade has passed since I had the initial idea, and since I began researching and crafting the story in earnest about 4 years have gone by...during which I did a lot more than just write. As any regular blog visitor knows.
Let the celebration begin!
I waited approximately 15 minutes before starting on the next novel.
The other news headline is that I spotted another type of rodent today. I happened to be gazing out the kitchen window towards my front garden when I saw a small furry ball skittering across the ground. A vole! I went out there with my camera but he saw me coming, and being a shy sort slipped down into his vole hole. (I now know where it is and can keep a close watch.)
The weather has taken a cold, wet turn and will only get worse as the week wears on. I'll be indoors a lot, at the State House.
Mind you, delivering the manuscript is merely the next--and necessary--step in process of creating a book. But it's a major milestone.