A couple weeks ago, I posted an entry titled, THE END IS NEAR.
Well, I am here to tell you, THE END HAS COME!
A couple days ago, in Biggby Coffee Shop, loaded up on gallons of caffeine, I typed (rather jittery-ish, I might add) THE END on Mind Over Madi.
Hang on one sec...
K, I'm back.
Anyway, I can't tell you how good it feels to have pushed through my procrastination (all five years of it) and diss distractions ("talk to the hand" Laundry pile!) and finish this book.
I rushed right over to Office Max and made four copies of my 306-page manuscript (Thanks so much, Cari, for lending me your discount card - saved me $45!) to hand out to three friends for proofing / feedback and, of course, keep one copy for myself. I sat and just stared at the humongous stack of paper that was my NOVEL for several minutes. I may have even shed a tear or two. I did it!
Not by myself, though. Oh, I was to blame for the procrastination but I could not have finished this thing without God. He is so good to me!
And then, there's all of you. Thanks to those who encouraged me, consoled me, critiqued for me, and reminded me to dig out the butt glue and get to work. You all ROCK!
OK, so I know it's the first draft. And I know my three friends and two online critiquers will send it back with all kinds of red marks and comments and suggestions and UGH's! There is much, much work still ahead.
But I'm not thinking about that right now.
For now, I'm basking in the moment because I will never - EVER - finish my first novel again.