Wait, What Just Happened?

Sometimes I think my brain takes it as a personal challenge to prove me wrong about anything and everything I say. Honest, it happens so often that it has to be something like that. I’d like to say that it adds spice/variety/adventure to my life, but more often than not, it just leaves me dumbfounded and/or irritated. So much for being able to make plans. And yes, everyone has my permission to laugh at the hardcore plotter whose plans are often foiled by her own brain. God knows, I’m amused, when I’m not swearing about it at least. 😉

So, you know how I said last time that I figured I had 15k or so to go? I wasn’t that far off. It turns out I had 9,253 words to go. Yes, that statement means what you think it does.

I finished What Lies Beneath.

In 21 days.

132,580 words.

In 21 days.

What the…? I- That’s crazy even for me. The Camp NaNo website told me I’d averaged 6313 words per day. My first instinct was to wave that away as a mistake, then I looked at my own spreadsheet (yes, I keep one of those) and the daily totals there and realized it was probably right. Wow.

I’ve never done anything quite like this before. Even the Necromantic trilogy, which poured through me to the keyboard like molten lava, wasn’t like this. At the very least it wasn’t this fast, and I don’t remember feeling like it couldn’t be over quite so deeply. I know this one isn’t either, given there are two more books in the trilogy, but I wasn’t prepared for the ending. It left me a bit breathless when it arrived. Yes, I knew the end of the story, but the whirlwind that happened in the last few chapters was stunning.

The best measure of how unprepared I was, how unwilling I am for this fabulous journey to be over came today as my work day ended. My first thought was to sprint home so I could start writing. Then I remembered it was over, done until I’m ready to write book 2 (which won’t be all that soon). I won’t lie, I teared up a bit and I was really sad.

It’s not that the story feels unfinished, by the way. That volume of it is. It accomplished what it needed to. That arc is complete. I just want to keep writing this world, these characters. I miss Reah and Viz intensely and it’s only been a day. Like 24 hours since I typed the end. I feel like I’m in withdrawal.

With all these feels, I’m afraid of how much time I’m going to need away from this manuscript before I can manage even a shred of the objectivity needed to edit it. I’m a bit worried that I’ll never have that.

Oh well, that’s a concern for another day. Now I need to edit other things. Novellas to start with, then hopefully novels.

And of course, I need to make more notes for Spire of Time: Book 2. Must get back to Reah and Viz, before they miss me too much too. 😉

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About Julie

I'm a writer and photographer. I always have something with me to take notes for ideas or writing projects I'm thinking about or have on the go. I also like to go around with my camera and take pictures of anything that strikes me as beautiful or evocative. I'm perpetually working on one story or another, while waiting for enough distance to judge the last one (or more). I'm always working on several projects at once, developing the next book, even as I'm editing the last. Beyond that, there's always plenty of scraps and twists of ideas rolling around in my head, eventually turning themselves into full blown stories.
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14 Responses to Wait, What Just Happened?

  1. Leigh says:

    Bless your heart! Being obsessed with the fascinating worlds in books I’ve read is what inspired me to try to write. It must be amazing to create a world you enjoy, share it with others, and find they love to get lost in it too. Congrats on finishing WLB. Maybe you can get back in that world soon.

    • Julie says:

      Thanks! And from my experience with my one published novel (so far), it really is amazing to have people read and enjoy your work. I grin like an idiot every time someone tells me they couldn’t stop reading, or that I was resposible for sleeping problems.

      As for returning, as I said, there are two more, and I’m hoping to have the outline ready for the next one in time for July’s Camp NaNo. 🙂

  2. Dahlia Adler says:

    Holy. Freaking. Crap. Go J!!!!!!!!! That’s amazing!!!!

  3. Elisa Nuckle says:

    Congrats! That is awesome. You are a word-producing machine.

  4. Subtlekate says:

    You’re a writing machine, girl. 🙂

  5. Celtic Forest Dweller says:

    OH MY GOODNESS. :O CONGRATS JULIE!!!! 😀 *high five* That is seriously AH-MAY-ZING. O_O You continue to astonish me (in a good way) even though I was sure I was used to your mad-word-producing-ways.

    I know the feeling about saying goodbye to characters/worlds/books, even if it’s only for a while. I experienced that on my latest finished story in March. I saw an interesting post about it the other day too (http://www.siennanorth.com/2013/04/saying-goodbye.html).

    Meanwhile, good luck on your editing/whatever, and I’ll try not to be too unsurprised however soon you start the next one. 😉 Keep being an inspiration to us all!

    Cheers,
    Deborah

  6. Morgen Rich says:

    You are an inspiration, a testament to determination and persistence. I don’t think you could NOT miss Viz and Reah or writing. You clearly have a case of “author” in your gut.

    Thank you for the inspiration, and congratulations!

    Mo

    • Julie says:

      *Blush* Thank you! I really appreciate this. 🙂 I’m always rendered a little speechless when people tell me I inspire them. *hugs*

  7. Pete Denton says:

    Well done on finishing the draft. It’s good to feel sad about leaving the characters behind for a while as you work on other things. if you care about your story, your readers should as well.

    • Julie says:

      I certainly hope so. I mean, that’s the reason we do this, isn’t it? To write and share and have others love our characters and their stories? Or maybe that’s just me. 😉

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