Monday, July 11, 2005


I'm done, I'm done, I'm done, I'M DONE!!!

Okay, let me strive for some decorum here. (Happy dance!!) Okay, trying again.

First draft of *Marks of Repentance* (aka Shann's story, which really turned into Taafa's story, but I digress...) was completed today at 95199 words.

Last night while my brain was relaxing and I was trying to fall asleep, I began playing with the ending scenes. And it hit me, that if Taafa happened along just a few minutes later than I thought...BINGO!!! It all came together. Then I had to flip the light back on so I could jot some notes down. After the *dream* the night before, I didn't trust myself to remember anything at all come morning!

And notes in hand and 3576 words into the keyboard, and we have a completed first draft in fifteen weeks. It's funny, it seems way longer than that!

The summer now belongs to revisions of *False Perceptions* and a crit of Mar's novel, Kyrnie. I hope my brain can shift gears now! :)


lindaruth said...

Yay! It's a wonderful feeling of accomplishment to write "The End" at the end (even if you know it's not really the end because eventually it will all have to be revised). :) But still, you wrote the whole thing. I raise my cup of coffee to you. (because it's only 8:30 a.m. and I don't do anything stronger than coffee most of the time, anyway.) Cheers!

Valerie Comer said...

Thanks, Linda! Mmm, coffee...

Jean said...

Awesome!! Congratulations and wonderful work. Smart move on jotting down your thoughts when you had them. Good luck with revisions. Mine are more work than writing, I think, but I chalk that up to the organic process.

Valerie Comer said...

Thanks, Jean. The only novel I've ever revised I revised twice--and then shelved. So I'm a little nervous about this process yet. And yes, I think its more work than writing. After all, I *used* to say, *but I can fix that in revision*, and now the time has come.

PiroEyes said...

Way to go Val!! ^^b
Had been following your progress quietly by the sidelines. I'm glad you made it through. You're a pretty quick writer!

Best of luck with those edits. Evil little bugs.. Show them who's the boss, make them be scared of YOU! :) And i hope the truck problems will get fixed too.

Take care.