Friday, December 26, 2008


I finished Maelstrom last night. Or rather, this morning.

Sometimes I get a crazy notion and just won't let go, and yesterday that notion was that I would finish, no matter what. It took until 4:00 am, but what the heck, I don't go back to work until January 5. In spite of my earlier worries that I was going to go wildly over my anticipated word count, the draft came in around 93K words. Whew!

I'm not too crazy about the final scenes of the book, but we all know the drill--you can edit crap but you can't edit a blank page. Well, no more blank pages. I'm on to the editing phase!

Overall, this is a pretty clean draft so I'll be needing beta readers sooner rather than later. More on that soon.

For today, I'm just loving my Christmas present to myself--a completed draft!


Thomma Lyn said...

Yay, Bunnygirl! Huge congratulations on finishing the first draft of Maelstrom! What a fabulous Christmas present. And I'm glad that the rough draft is clean -- you lucky duck, you! :-D

Good luck with the editing, and whenever you're ready for me to beta-read, I'm here... just give me a holler!

Anonymous said...

Oh Congratulations! I am hugely impressed and can't wait to read more :)

Jack Payne said...

I admire your guts and stick-to-itiveness in editing your own novel. I went through 2 editors, fired both, and ended up editing my own--on my Six Hours Past Thursday.

Don't know your sales plans. But, I run the first two chapters of mine on my web site...

free of charge

For some strange reason, many of the books have gone to libraries--500 public, and 400 school (mostly law schools). But, as an intro "teaser" this has worked out.

You might decide to consider something similar.