“The End”

Today I finished the first draft of the third and final book in my Above World series. I’ve written my fifth book and my first-ever trilogy!

Although my feelings are mixed — I’ve been with these characters for over five years now — I feel good. Epically good. I hear birds chirping and see unicorns dancing on rainbows everywhere I look.

This last week was my “make-it-or-break-it” week for the novel. I wrote about five hours a day (more during the last few chapters), and here’s how the word counts played out:

2700 Sunday
2600 Monday
1400 Tuesday
1500 Wednesday
1900 Thursday
2000 Friday
2500 Saturday
1500 Sunday

That’s over 16,000 words from Sunday to Sunday. I want to cry from exhaustion, cry with joy, and then sleep for a hundred hours. I want to heap gifts and praise on Chris East and Stephanie Burgis, who selflessly read each messy chapter as I went and encouraged me to keep going.

I can’t believe it’s over. Well, except for 3 to 10 rounds of revisions and edits, of course. But those are milestones for another day.


Comments

Greg van Eekhout 5 years ago .

You did it!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! Congratulations!!!! KICK EFFIN’ A x 1000!!!!!

In Awe 5 years ago .

Yay you! That is some mighty wordage. Done-done!

Jon Hansen 5 years ago .

Woooo! Congrats!

Deb 5 years ago .

It deserves saying twice–YAY!!!!!

Sally Felt 5 years ago .

You are now the producer of the kind of epic tales that kept you sane growing up. And what a tale it is! Way to pay it forward, my friend. I’m proud to know you.

Allison Moon 5 years ago .

Congratulations Jenn. Those numbers are truly inspiring. You’re going to make a lot of kids (and adults) very happy soon!

Kudos to you.

Karen 5 years ago .

So damn proud of you. YOU DID IT — and you did it WONDERFULLY!

Christine Ashworth 5 years ago .

I am beaming for you! I am SO beaming! Huge, huge congrats my dear!

Jenny Lundquist 5 years ago .

Congrats Jen! You’re a rock star!

Marty 5 years ago .

I AM SOOOOOOOOO THRILLED for you Sweetheart!!!!!!! Congratulations…..I am SO proud of you!!

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