Monday, April 11, 2011

Free At Last! Free At Last!

Thank God Almighty...ok so I'm really not free.

But I did finally complete my initial draft for my WIP, The Dragonfly Warrior. This is a monumental thing for me, as I have had it rough for the past several months.

I started outlining and brainstorming for this Young Adult/Fantasy/Steampunk novel back in late October. I was in training for a new job, and the evenings I had alone in my Houston, TX hotel room were spent writing all of these ideas, graphs, and flow charts for an idea for a story I've had in my head for sometime.

There was my mom's diagnosis of breast cancer in August, along with my own tumor scare soon thereafter.

And lately, I've been dealing with a horrible financial crisis that has really left me emotionally spent and weary of big banks, especially Bank of America (bastards).  I am living proof that you can follow the rules and be responsible, yet get suckered into getting screwed.

But that's for another post, or maybe a counseling session with a licensed therapist.

It's been YEARS since I have completed an entire novel-length manuscript. And even if this thing never sees the light of day, it is still a victory for me. A victory for my soul. And hopefully it'll be enough to carry me through the tough days that lie ahead.

And the revisions that await.

18 comments:

Jenna Howard said...

Jay, this is fantastic news. Congratulations!!!

Celebrate. Take a nap because the next step is...

dunh-dunh-duuuuunh...

Editing.

(And sorry about all the crap going on...that sucks my friend.)

Tiyana, aka "Yoyo" said...

Mwahahaha, editing...

This is exciting news, Jay! I'm with Jenna on taking a nap--a nice looooong one--because it's crazy what a little distance can do for your own outlook on The Draft.

That, and you never know how many drafts you may have to go through later, so might as well catch some Zs (or at least take a breather) now, right?

Also, I hope everything with the bank situation gets sorted out. Getting suckered is no fun. No, sir...

Jay Noel said...

Jenna,

Yeah. Editing is going to be gruelling, and I'm sure my excitement will die quickly once I get into the thick of things. But I'm looking forward to getting into it.

Yeah, Jay vs. The Biggest Bank in the Universe. I've thrown up the white flag, and I just hope I'm not living in a van down by the river

Jay Noel said...

Yoyo, I plan on putting a little distance between me and the Rough Draft. I am happy it's done, though.

As far as the bank is concerned, it's sorted out - but not in my favor. The system is broken, and now I have to figure something out.

Mark Andrew Edwards said...

Congradulation on finishing your rough draft. That's a big accomplishment.

Go write some short stories, ignore this book for a month, then come back and read it fresh. You'll see what needs to change.

Hopefully you won't get caught in a revision trap. Believe me, you can over-revise stuff.

Again, congrats!

Jay Noel said...

Thanks Mark. That's fantastic advice, and I plan on taking it!

T. S. Bazelli said...

Echoing the congratulations! You're one step closer to being done that novel, and a break is well deserved.

h3roicwrit3r said...

Major congratulations, Jay, on this milestone!

Regarding the trials you are going through...I am reminded of what Dexter Yeager said, "No test, no testimony." :)

- E.J. Apostrophe

Laura Eno said...

Congrats! It is a victory to savor!

Ellie said...

That is the best news ever - you did it! Congratulations!

You really have been through some tough times and I pray both you and your mother are now cancer free.

Ellie Garratt

M Pax said...

Woot! Congrats.

There's been some class actions going against BofA. You should talk to somebody. Somebody legal.

Jay Noel said...

Thanks everyone. I am actually looking forward to taking a break with it, starting something new. And then going back to revise. Distance is good.

And yes,M, B of A is the debil. Absolutely lied and tricked me. I was dumb to keep paying them. I regret it, as I am a responsible person and would normally NEVER recommend not paying what you owe. But at the same time, I was stupid for playing by the rules, since they don't. It's amazing what they get away with.

The Desert Rocks said...

Congratulations on finishing. I remember writing a blog post when I finished and it felt like something jolted me back into reality. Now I'm revising and then I'm sending out queries. Love this post. Best wishes for you and your mom!

the weirdgirl said...

Congratulations! On the draft, not the bank. I am so incredibly excited for (and jealous of) you!! If you'd like any help with feedback just let me know. I've done draft critiques before, for books that were actually published. Now if I could just finish something of my own. :)

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