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51,870 words. 14 chapters.

I did it. I actually finished the book when I did the last chapter. Some part of my undermind that knows better than my conscious mind picked up every single thing I foreshadowed and pulled it all together into a dramatic ending with twists I did not expect that rang so true. Like the best urban fantasy, it has strong fairytale elements. Like the best, it also has some bitter realism and my hero isn't a good boy or a healthy one. He is messed up. He was abused and he has cracks in his psyche like a smashed egg. But he also has strength of character and that came through in the terrible decision he made in the end -- the terrible and right decision he made in the end.

I could continue this in more books because his psychological recovery is only beginning and he's bought himself a heap of more external trouble, plus there's more I didn't lay on him in this book that could go into another.

It needs a title, but so what? It's finished and the end was just right -- the end was a turning point in his life as it should be. He is no longer without family. He has a mom and dad and a sister now too. Plus a very large cat of course, several well behaved if loud dogs and three small cats and a fae friend.

This book came out cool and it's going to rock when I do the rewrite. It'll expand but it'll come out right when I rewrite it. I know what the rewrite has to do and the hardest part, getting it down, is done. Now I know what happened.

Lisa didn't come over today to pick up the Affordable Art pieces for the show, but Kitten knows where to take them. She'll drive them over tomorrow. One of them sold to a friend and got pulled from the show. Bird of Paradise got sold, and I swapped its frame for the nice teak one that Ferns, Moss and Water was in because that looked better in the black frame and the nonglare acrylic glazing wouldn't fit in the black frames.

Acrylic glazing is much safer to mail, so off it'll go with acrylic glazing in a nice teak frame that looks very good on it. I may need to snap a photo before packing it. Packing and shipping will be sometime this week when it doesn't hurt to move.

I did a lot in November and I finished my November deadlines. Now I have an easier December ahead with one cool commission diptych to complete -- that may not get finished till January and still has no deadline but will come out all the better for what I'm doing -- two pieces of gift art to do in December and a cool upcoming commission that's taking my top slot for commissions. I'll either have it done for May or have it done for December 2009 -- and it is the sort of thing that I will be able to finish much easier because it'll go in stages and is one of my best subjects.

I'll post stages of course, and with that much time for it probably do a couple of preliminaries just fooling around with it to make it that perfect.

I did it. I'm done. Oh man that feels good to write THE END when the book came out right! And if I want to write more of them, then I know I did it right. This one's gone live.
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( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 30th, 2008 09:53 am (UTC)
*happydances* Woohoo! I knew you would do it!
Nov. 30th, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
Purr thanks! It was close this year, but oh what a joy to look back on it and realize that I have completed every one of my November goals. December's going to be a breeze compared to this, but I came out with one of my best Nanovels ever.
Nov. 30th, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC)
Very cool -- congrats!!!! :)
Dec. 1st, 2008 05:00 am (UTC)
Purrr thanks! It's an hour before the Midnight Hour... and I feel so... done. So tired. So brain-tired. It was a good month even if it was a hard book to write. It worked at the end. I feel so good about that.
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Dec. 1st, 2008 05:01 am (UTC)
YAYYYY purr congratulations to you too! Whoohoo!!! WOOT!
Nov. 30th, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
Hooray! :)
Dec. 1st, 2008 05:01 am (UTC)
Purr thanks! (happy cat dance)
Dec. 1st, 2008 03:36 am (UTC)
Dec. 1st, 2008 05:02 am (UTC)
Thank you! Purring and relaxing. It's now an hour before Midnight and I haven't got the slightest urge to do anything. Just rest!
Dec. 1st, 2008 06:28 am (UTC)
OH Robert! I am so happy for you! Congratulations & enjoy! The creative process is an amazing experience! *Cindy*
Dec. 1st, 2008 06:32 am (UTC)
Purrrr thanks!

This year's Nanowrimo was hard to write. It wasn't a lark. But it felt like I was going off into uncharted territory and plowing new ground, hitting rocks and pulling them out, finding and creating something so new it's going to be worth a fortune. It is the novel I've been hoping for so many years.

The one that opens up a new fascinating setting that I need to explore in much more depth in more books, and I think the Magical Pleistocene is one of those too. So I am very happy with this year's harvest. It feels like that.

If I get tied up in other things too much, I know I can count on Labor Day Weekend and on November for getting a couple of novels done in the year. And my 3 Day wasn't bad either! Another new cool place even if it is in some ways very classic fantasy setting.

Now for the rest of the year, the rewrites and submissions!
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