Done, and submitted as I write this.
Total word count: 88,109
Total page count: 327
I’m sure you’ll all understand if I vanish for a while, now. I’m rather burnt out.
Gaming goddess and fellow occult-store-employee type Roo sent me the link to this strip:
Oh My Gods June 13, 2004
It’s funny and sad at the same time, because it’s true.
I have exercised my civil right and performed my duty as a citizen, and I have voted. Was anyone else surprised to find names they’d never seen before on their ballot? There were nine parties listed on mine, four of which I’d never even known existed in my riding.
It’s such a small thing - unfolding a piece of paper, picking up a small unassuming pencil, making an X in a white circle, and refolding it. So calm, as opposed to the emotional responses that watching political speechs evokes.
Speaking of emotional — if I have to deal with one more crisis arising from people assuming things, I will slice my wrists open or something equally inane.
Tonight I pick up the sewing machine that Debra is lending me, so I’ve been going through my bookmarks and notes on all the things I have to sew this upcoming summer. I have at least two robes that I know of, a handfasting dress, severe alteration to do on another robe (HRH has lost over 60 lbs, after all), various doll dresses, and of course I’m dreaming about Hallowe’en as well. With this book out of the way, I now have a life once again, and I’ve been wistfully wishing I had the opportunity to get crafty recently. (No pun intended, I swear.)
I’ve also been meaning to make proper curtains for the front window. And Ceri’s been threatening to get me to make a quilt, which has always been a mild interest of mine, just not a pressing one.
I’m quite happy about all of this. I go on sewing sprees where I sew madly for about ten months, then can’t stand the sight of a sewing machine or fabric for a while. Since my machine started giving me grief two years ago while I made the Arwen riding dress for Hallowe’en, I haven’t really had a good sewing spree. I’m looking forward to it.
Today’s word count: 3,470
Total word count: 80,473
My gods, it was like pulling teeth today, but I did it, damn it. I did it.
And no, I’m not finished; tomorrow will be polishing bits of Chapter 2, and brainstorming more examples for Chapter 11. But I’ve passed my contracted minimum, and there will be nothing new going into the manuscript. I’ll leave it for two days, then reread it on Monday to check finicky things (like have my references to other chapters been consistent?). And then, I think I might just submit it on Tuesday.
This is vaguely surreal. It certainly hasn’t sunk in yet.