Wheee!

I just wrote the words “The End” at the bottom of the last chapter of SUMMER BLUE, the novel I’m currently working on.

Whoo and hoo!

Am I finished? Could I send it in its current state to my critiquers? Hell no. There’s some major cleaning up that I need to do first. Total word count is currently about 90k. The novel will quite possibly grow another couple thousand words before I send it off on Monday.

But. Dude. The End. It’s such a good place to be.

Comments (38)

    • w00t indeed!

      And so am totally on schedule for mailing to you come Monday. . .How do you want to get comments back? Phone call? Send copy back to me? Email? Carrier pigeon?

  1. *envy envy!* I’ve got about 15,000 words to go on the project I’m working on currently, it looks like. Hopefully I’ll be able to write “The End” on that one in the next month, though!

    Summer Blue . . . what’s this one about? Inquiring minds are eager to know!

    • Best of luck on your project as well!

      But you know that even writing “the end” doesn’t mean the book’s finished. . .far from it, I’m afraid. I just keep telling myself that the end *is* in sight.

      As for SUMMER BLUE – this is the “sound bite” I have for it:

      We know Vikings reached North America. What happens if one Viking ship goes all the way south, into the Gulf of Mexico, and lands on the Yucatan peninsula?

      The book is written with alternating chapters. Some of the chapters deal with the conflict between the two groups of humans. Others deal with the conflict between the two pantheons of gods, the Mayan gods and the Norse gods.

      —Cause you *know* I can’t manage to write a straight narrative. This is the third novel with the same semi-mixed up structure. And I’m afraid that the next novel, probably the next two, are going to be the same. . .

      • Something about finishing a first draft is such a relief, though. As if with the beginning and end in place the middle is somehow more manageable. I’m looking forward to that point with this book. It’s more of a traditional plot-centric book, and I am very weak with adventure-style plotting. Fun for the first-readers!

        As for Summer Blue… whoo! Fabulous! I was just doing some reading up on the Central Americas myself (mostly Aztec, though, not Mayan) and there’s a lot of material there worth mining. The Aztecs in particular make me wonder if they weren’t actually aliens. Talk about strange ideas . . .

        The fact that the Mayans gave themselves cone-heads and hung stones between their eyes so that they’d grow up beautifully cross-eyed makes me want to shun them as main characters, though. I’d probably be giggling the entire time I wrote. *grin*

        • Glad you like the sound of SUMMER BLUE – I’m really excited about it.

          As for the Mayans – maybe I’m just strange, but I think the serpentine look that they’ve giving themselves is kind of cool. In an alien kind of way.

      • Summer Blue

        Yay! Go you!

        Z

        P.S.: I remember (now) your having told me this synopsis before.

        • Re: Summer Blue

          Hee! Thanks!

          I printed it this morning – will be sending it off to the critiquers this afternoon. I am taking the next two weeks off from the novel. Free I tell you! I am free! (Or at least relatively inexpensive. . )

          • Relatively inexpensive (WAS) Re: Summer Blue

            Does this mean I can afford you? ;-7 ::grin, duck, run::

            Z

            P.S.: Ah, got to post link to your other post to . I have been remiss.

          • Re: Relatively inexpensive (WAS) Re: Summer Blue

            Does this mean I can afford you?

            Honey – it depends on what you have in mind. *EG*

            And thanks for the post on the community! Appreciate it.

    • w00t indeed!

      And so am totally on schedule for mailing to you come Monday. . .How do you want to get comments back? Phone call? Send copy back to me? Email? Carrier pigeon?

  2. *envy envy!* I’ve got about 15,000 words to go on the project I’m working on currently, it looks like. Hopefully I’ll be able to write “The End” on that one in the next month, though!

    Summer Blue . . . what’s this one about? Inquiring minds are eager to know!

    • Best of luck on your project as well!

      But you know that even writing “the end” doesn’t mean the book’s finished. . .far from it, I’m afraid. I just keep telling myself that the end *is* in sight.

      As for SUMMER BLUE – this is the “sound bite” I have for it:

      We know Vikings reached North America. What happens if one Viking ship goes all the way south, into the Gulf of Mexico, and lands on the Yucatan peninsula?

      The book is written with alternating chapters. Some of the chapters deal with the conflict between the two groups of humans. Others deal with the conflict between the two pantheons of gods, the Mayan gods and the Norse gods.

      —Cause you *know* I can’t manage to write a straight narrative. This is the third novel with the same semi-mixed up structure. And I’m afraid that the next novel, probably the next two, are going to be the same. . .

      • Something about finishing a first draft is such a relief, though. As if with the beginning and end in place the middle is somehow more manageable. I’m looking forward to that point with this book. It’s more of a traditional plot-centric book, and I am very weak with adventure-style plotting. Fun for the first-readers!

        As for Summer Blue… whoo! Fabulous! I was just doing some reading up on the Central Americas myself (mostly Aztec, though, not Mayan) and there’s a lot of material there worth mining. The Aztecs in particular make me wonder if they weren’t actually aliens. Talk about strange ideas . . .

        The fact that the Mayans gave themselves cone-heads and hung stones between their eyes so that they’d grow up beautifully cross-eyed makes me want to shun them as main characters, though. I’d probably be giggling the entire time I wrote. *grin*

        • Glad you like the sound of SUMMER BLUE – I’m really excited about it.

          As for the Mayans – maybe I’m just strange, but I think the serpentine look that they’ve giving themselves is kind of cool. In an alien kind of way.

      • Summer Blue

        Yay! Go you!

        Z

        P.S.: I remember (now) your having told me this synopsis before.

        • Re: Summer Blue

          Hee! Thanks!

          I printed it this morning – will be sending it off to the critiquers this afternoon. I am taking the next two weeks off from the novel. Free I tell you! I am free! (Or at least relatively inexpensive. . )

          • Relatively inexpensive (WAS) Re: Summer Blue

            Does this mean I can afford you? ;-7 ::grin, duck, run::

            Z

            P.S.: Ah, got to post link to your other post to . I have been remiss.

          • Re: Relatively inexpensive (WAS) Re: Summer Blue

            Does this mean I can afford you?

            Honey – it depends on what you have in mind. *EG*

            And thanks for the post on the community! Appreciate it.

  3. Wow!

    I’m quite thrilled to discover that you have a live journal! After learning of ‘s corner of web space I thought I’d give you a looksie as well.

    I’m roughly half way finished reading Paper Mage, and to be quite honestly I’m alarmed to discover that you seem to be a new author! Honestly, I don’t read much (although I do listen to audio books) because I have a reading disability but Paper Mage has managed to hold my attention in spite of my difficulties. Take this as a big compliment, because it is intended to be one. : ) While I was in the grocery store today, I purchased The Cave of Buda not knowing that it was only your second printed novel.

    Congrats on your success! I too am an aspiring writer sooooo, who knows. Perhaps in a while I’ll be seeing you at a convention! Thanks for the fabulous reading!

    • Re: Wow!

      Thanks for the big welcome! I’m glad that you’re enjoying PAPER MAGE. Yes, I am a “new” author – PM is my first novel, and CAVES is my second. I did have a few short story sales before I sold the novel.

      I’m very curious though – you found CAVES in a grocery store? I am very pleased to hear that. Could you tell me the name of the store? Thanks.

      And best of luck with your own writing. I’ll be at WorldCon and World Fantasy this year. . .

      • Re: Wow!

        I actually found both books at the grocery store. It’s pretty often that I sweep by the magazine and paperback section when I go grocery shopping just to see if anything catches my eye.

        The grocery store, here in Washington, is called Safeway. I don’t know if you have them where you are it may just be a Pacific Northwest chain. 🙂

        I’m glad to hear that you’re pleased by it!

  4. Wow!

    I’m quite thrilled to discover that you have a live journal! After learning of ‘s corner of web space I thought I’d give you a looksie as well.

    I’m roughly half way finished reading Paper Mage, and to be quite honestly I’m alarmed to discover that you seem to be a new author! Honestly, I don’t read much (although I do listen to audio books) because I have a reading disability but Paper Mage has managed to hold my attention in spite of my difficulties. Take this as a big compliment, because it is intended to be one. : ) While I was in the grocery store today, I purchased The Cave of Buda not knowing that it was only your second printed novel.

    Congrats on your success! I too am an aspiring writer sooooo, who knows. Perhaps in a while I’ll be seeing you at a convention! Thanks for the fabulous reading!

    • Re: Wow!

      Thanks for the big welcome! I’m glad that you’re enjoying PAPER MAGE. Yes, I am a “new” author – PM is my first novel, and CAVES is my second. I did have a few short story sales before I sold the novel.

      I’m very curious though – you found CAVES in a grocery store? I am very pleased to hear that. Could you tell me the name of the store? Thanks.

      And best of luck with your own writing. I’ll be at WorldCon and World Fantasy this year. . .

      • Re: Wow!

        I actually found both books at the grocery store. It’s pretty often that I sweep by the magazine and paperback section when I go grocery shopping just to see if anything catches my eye.

        The grocery store, here in Washington, is called Safeway. I don’t know if you have them where you are it may just be a Pacific Northwest chain. 🙂

        I’m glad to hear that you’re pleased by it!

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