I thought I’d never finish this damn book.
Actually, I’m not even finished, but I did stick a fork in the first draft of book number two earlier this afternoon. That’s been my goal all weekend, and it’s been a moving target for a number of weeks. Before I went to the Saints & Sinners festival in New Orleans, it was “I want to finish this before we go.” Then it was “I’ll finish it on the ride down.” Which was followed by “I’ll finish it this week.”
Finally, “this week” got here.
It still needs a lot of work, but seeing the whole story put down in words is a tremendous relief. I got it out. Several times, it surprised me. I had the ending in mind all along, and once I got to the end, it changed. A lot.
Enough that I’m a bit nervous about it. It feels right, but I don’t know what readers will think. Thankfully, I’ve got a couple of beta readers who are good at giving feedback on these sorts of things.
Before I dive into the revision, though, I’m taking a day or two off. My “to be read” stack never gets shorter, and I decided earlier this week to start stacking them in order to be read. At the moment I’m a little over halfway through a novel I started reading last year: Retirement Plan by Martha Miller. I also picked up Rules of Civility upon recommendation by a bookseller at Left Bank Books, who set one aside when she found out how much I loved The Great Gatsby. I also have Saints & Sinners 2012: New Fiction from the Festival, which I picked up last weekend. On top of that, though, is a borrowed book, Catching Fire. I’m sure it’s only going to get worse.
So… what are you reading?