Monday, July 16, 2012

I'm done!


I don't even know how to say this so I'll just say it: I finished my novel yesterday.

WOOT!

I had set a word count goal of 8,000 words for yesterday but by lunchtime, with only a couple of thousand words under my belt, I was closing in for the kill.

A bit later I was writing a paragraph and suddenly I realized it was the LAST paragraph. It was a stunning revelation. I had thought that writing the end would require more planning, more, I don't know, fireworks. I didn't even know this was the last paragraph... until those last few words appeared on the page and a flood of recognition washed over me in a feverish chill ... I typed a period at 2:31 p.m.

And then I started to cry.

I must say, if you're going to finish a novel, I would highly recommend you do it at a novel marathon among friends who are also writers. They truly appreciate the momentous nature of the occasion. Within minutes of that fateful finish I was hugged and high-fived, wooted, photographed, cheered and applauded.

I drove home from the marathon in a complete and utter daze. I still feel that way.

What I need to know is how I should celebrate this milestone.

Champagne?

Cake?

Dancing?

Tell me, dear friends, what I should do to celebrate.

A caveat – I'm going camping today and won't be online for about a week, but I will anxiously await your answers on my return.

Thanks to everyone for being so supportive, everyone – I am so fortunate. Hugs and big sloppy kisses to all you all. oxoxo

My novel marathon t-shirt, which I LOVE.
The caption, above, is what it says
on the back. Be careful, ex-husbands ...
you should never mess with a writer!


79 comments:

  1. Congrats on finishing! I'm doing a little happy jig for you

    ReplyDelete
  2. Congratulations! I know that's a big moment for me.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Congratulations!!! Um, I think you should celebrate by going camping. Yeah, that's it. Go camping and relax, relax, relax. Maybe lift a glass of wine or two. Then when you get back home, you'll be ready to start editing. (Or another book!)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hmmm, good idea, Susan! And I am well into the editing - to me, that's the easy part! Thanks!

      Delete
  4. Well done! Be proud of yourself - you've accomplished what so many people say they're going to do but never actually do.

    I vote for a good long nap, then some fun, however you describe "fun." :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Nap! YES! Now you're talking, Madeline!

      Delete
    2. I actually did plenty of napping - after the marathon I was wasted for a couple of days.

      Delete
  5. Camping is a great way to celebrate. Your mind will be so clear for fishing! Congratulations girl, we knew you could do it.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Congrats Cathy! How exciting for you. And I love the tee-shirt slogan.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Congrats and high-fives! Jezebel is wiggling with happiness for you. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. *giggling at the thought of Jezebel wiggling!!!!* Thanks Laura, you ARE my inspiration!

      Delete
  8. So happy for you, Cathy! Relax and enjoy the feeling. Have a great camping holiday. I can't wait to read your novel...

    karen

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Karen!!!! See you at the grocery store!

      Delete
  9. I hope it does better than 50 shades of grey

    ReplyDelete
  10. ^5! Good for you! I wouldn't know what you should do to celebrate - I've never finished anything.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Jeannie! (Hey, I'm notorious at not finishing stuff - this is nothing short of a miracle!)

      Delete
  11. Congratulations Cathy!!! I am proud of you!!! Not everyone can say their sister just wrote a novel!!! Can't wait to read it!!! Have a great vacation!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Wow, that's so cool! Congrats. I wish I had a writers group like yours.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Move to Muskoka, Clarissa, and come on in!

      Delete
  13. Awww Cathy, that's such a great moment! How wonderful to have reached that goal, and among friends. So, I'm sure everyone has advised you how to celebrate: all of the above and then some. Then sit down and start (or finish) your next book.

    I've sketched out the final chapters of my first novel, and I'll make that push soon to the finish line.

    Cheers from the Missouri River, and best respect.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Cheering for ya, Mike! Thank you so much for your kind and heartfelt words. Hugs and best of luck with your own novel, Mike!!!! oxoxo

      Delete
  14. CONGRATULATIONS!!! So, the fun part is over and now the hard work begins... can't wait to read it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh thank you EvalinaMaria! Am working hard on the editing and then am going to shop it around... hopefully somebody out there will like it - if they don't, I'm going to self-publish!

      Delete
  15. Cover your lawn with pink flamingoes, rent one of those light up mobile signs for the end of your drive way, take out an ad in the paper, indulge in something decadent....Whoo Hoo....celebrating over here for you.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. HA!!!!!! BEST suggestion!!!!!!! You rock, Delores!

      Delete
  16. Well done, Cathy!

    I have no idea what to suggest for a celebration - but make the most of it, because next comes all the angst of 'editing'! ;-p

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Sue! You know what? Editing doesn't bug me - to me, it's the easy part. The hard part is getting it down in the first place! Am already about a quarter of the way through the editing! Woo HOO!!!

      Delete
  17. You did it!!!! Well done!!!!! I'm so happy for you and you deserve the camping trip. When you get back, check my prior blog posts for an award!!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Fantastic, how could it not be & the overwhelming relief must have also been quite the feeling? Celebrate? Who is throwing you the party? Congrats Cathy !

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Seriously, there SHOULD be a party! And cake!!!!! (Always cake!)

      Delete
  19. I've been catching up on all your posts (luckily I subscribe by email!) after returning from holiday, and am still rushing about, but had to jump on to congratulate you. That is beyond words fantastic news. Totally exciting and so happy for you that you finished and had fun and had good writer friends there to celebrate with you. What an awesome feeling. :D

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Awww, thanks so much Carrie! Means so much!!!!!

      Delete
  20. Congrats!!!!! Giving you a virtual chocolate cupcake as your reward for finishing the novel!
    Catherine Stine’s Idea City

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Mmmmmm... chocolate..... Thanks Catherine!

      Delete
  21. Woohoo! I always celebrate with BFF's, drinks and then I tank into post-partum depression for a few days. Ummm, but we get to do that because being a novelist means you're a little crazy, right!

    ReplyDelete
  22. Um, I don't know how you should celebrate. I didn't do anything when I finished mine, although I did tear up the first time I held a copy of the physical book in my hands.

    Congrats! Can't wait to read it!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Congratulations!!!!!! Big time. If I AM in it somewhere I hope you were kind.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hmmm... that depends on who you are, Anonymous!!!!;)

      Delete
  24. I'm really proud of you, Cathy. I knew that you could finish that thing off. Consider me one of those in line to read your book.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You knew better than me, my friend. Thanks so much, Alan!

      Delete
  25. Good job. Well planned, there. Write a book and leave town. I'm anxious to hear more.

    ReplyDelete
  26. Really, massive congratulations to you, Lady! That's great for you, something you've plugged away at so diligently and hard. You ought to celebrate in a way that helps you unwind, but if you want specific items, I encourage the goofiest jumping jacks you can perform.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. What an awesome comment, John! I know you appreciate how much work it is because of your own ginormous efforts!!!! HUGS and goofy jumping jacks coming your way!

      Delete
  27. Congratulations! I know how this feels ^_^ If it was me I'd celebrate with a nice glass of wine ^_^
    Whatever you do have fun and relax!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I know you do, you famous author-woman you!!!! Congratulations on 'Shadows!' I hope it sells like proverbial hotcakes!

      Delete
  28. Congratulations on your success, and your enjoyment of the friends with whom you shared it!

    Hope you have fun camping, and don't get carried off by mosquitos or eaten alive by block flies.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The black flies and mozzies were gone but, man oh man, those horse flies and deer flies were nasty. They were fine at our actual campsite but once you got off the beaten track they were like land yachts with a bite like Jaws.

      Delete
  29. Congratulations! I think you are doing the best thing after accomplishing such a fat--relaxing with family in the great outdoors. Peace...

    ReplyDelete
  30. Hooray and holy cow! Congratulations Cathy. I think it's ice cream and cake time (my substitute for tying one on these days). And start shopping it around!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ice cream and cake are ALWAYS my favourite ways to celebrate. You know, I couldn't take cake camping but I DO have to go shopping today and I think cake may possibly be on my list....

      Delete
    2. Oh, and yes, I will start shopping it out soon... I'm about a quarter into the editing process... I want to get it done as soon as possible because I can hardly wait to send it out to the wild blue yonder. It's been such a LONG road to get to this point!

      Delete
  31. Way to go Cathy! I can't wait to read it.

    ReplyDelete
  32. In awe and super happy for you!! Congratulations. I hope to know that feeling one day myself :).

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Aww, thanks Brooke! So good to see you here.. and YES, get writing!!!!

      Delete
  33. Woo hoo! Congratulations! Let the confetti rain!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Deniz! Watch out, some of the confetti is getting on you!

      Delete
  34. Congratulations! Maybe camping and relaxing is the best way to celebrate ... and being away from the computer.

    Kathy M.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It was weird being without internet for that long, Kathy, but I did take my laptop and managed to do a fair bit of editing, which I actually thoroughly enjoyed. Nothing like editing in the great outdoors!!!

      Delete
  35. P.S.: Hope you didn't go camping in Algonquin Park, amid all the fires. We don't want 'smoked reporter" for our next meal.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. HA! Yes, we did Rob! Luckily we weren't anywhere near the fires. Still, everything is so dry it's just a tinderbox waiting for a spark. We desperately need rain here.

      Delete
  36. Congrats! I would have cake. And pie. Perhaps a cake made out of pies.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh Tim! A cake made out of pie sounds like GENIUS to me, my friend!

      Delete
  37. An achievement well worth noting. Brava!

    ReplyDelete
  38. How fantastic for you!
    Congratulations. I know you have tried this before.
    Hope you were able to raise some funds for the reading program too.

    ReplyDelete

How's it going, eh? It's SO good to hear from you. Tell me every darn thing...