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.

10 thoughts on ““The End””

  1. 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.

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