Success only flourishes in perseverance -- ceaseless, restless perseverance.
--Baron Manfred Von Richtofen

Saturday, June 5, 2010

I Did It!

626 handwritten pages (approx. 125k words) in two five subject spiral notebooks (one purple, one pink) with an uncounted number of black gel pens over a period of 14 months and 18 days, and I have reached


My second novel, The Ransomed Returning, is finished at last. Now I just need to figure out some appropriate way to celebrate. What would you suggest?

Of course, finished is a relative term. I still have to type 190 pages, proofread, get beta readers, collect critiques, revise, write a synopsis, a query, a one sentence pitch, and so on. Still the entire thing is there on paper on not just in my head.

Up next: I'm going to switch gears totally and try writing a love song. Remember my kissing scene? Well, I'm going to attempt to write the song that belongs in that scene. I've never done song lyrics, so we'll see how that goes. I even bought new guitar strings so I can write some music to go with it. Should be fun!

26 comments:

Stephanie McGee said...

Congratulations! It's an amazing accomplishment. I'm sure that revisions will go fast for you.

Again, congratulations! Good luck with your next projects!

As for celebrating, I'd suggest a good meal with ones you love. Or indulging in your favorite treat. (When I finished my last project I bought myself some Swedish fish.)

Linz said...

YEA!! Congratulations! What an accomplishment! I can't wait to read it!!

And your song will be wonderful!!

Amanda J. said...

Woo! Congratulations!! :) Now go splurge on something you've been wanting. Hehe. And good luck on your next projects and editing.

Karen Lange said...

How exciting, congratulations! What a nice way to head into the weekend:)

Rochelle said...

That's so exciting!!! Congratulations from the whole Rudd clan!

Melanie Goldmund said...

Congratulations! And hand-written? *faints in astonishment* Wow. Just wow.

JustineDell said...

Handwritten? I mean...wow. Nuf' said.

Congrats!

~JD

Nichole Giles said...

Hm. Celebration? How about you go out with some friends and see a movie? Maybe get some dinner? Or you could buy a new book for your reward. That's always fun.

Congratulations, though. That's a huge accomplishment. Excellent!

Lisa said...

Congratulations!!!

That is a major feat. I think you should take yourself out for some ice cream. That's what I would do. A nice candy bar shake.

Can't wait to hear how the next phase of the process goes.

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Angie said...

Thanks so much, you guys! I am very excited about it.

MT said...

Go Angie! *applause* Onward and upward. :)

Larry and CIndy said...

From Your Father and Mother...CONGRATULATIONS AND WAY TO GO!!! You are an amazing writer and we are so very proud of you!!! Treat yourself to whatever you want!!! Love To All:D

Jan Markley said...

Way to go! You should be proud of yourself! Rock on!

AstonWest said...

Congratulations! Awesome news!!!

Aubrie said...

Congrats on finishing!!! I think you should go out to eat to celebrate! That's what I like to do.

Good luck writing your song to go with it. I've never tried writing lyrics before, so I have no idea how hard it is.

Theresa Milstein said...

What a feat! Good for you.

I "write" directly on the computer but edit so many times, it doesn't make it a time saver.

Amanda said...

Congratulations and good luck on your current endeavers.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Awesome job! Celebrate!

Medeia Sharif said...

Congratulations. It's a great feeling, even though there is still so much work ahead.

Angie said...

Thank you all! :)

Danyelle said...

Congrats, Angie! *cookies with confetti* I love your new profile pic. You are lovely. :)

If you ever need a beta, feel free to send. :)

mandi said...

That's so awesome! Good job!

Terry W. Ervin II said...

Great news to learn you're finished...well one big step toward being finished and ready for submission!

Way to go!

Jewel Allen said...

YAY! Congrats Angie! And I can't wait to hear this love song.

Getting new guitar strings is like Christmas :-).

Shallee said...

Yay, congrats Angie! Definitely a great milestone. :)