I just turned in the manuscript for Kitty 10. HUGE load off my desk, and my shoulders. Celebration time!
The process on this one got a little wonky, in hindsight. This is mainly because of the seven weeks on-and-off of hard travel I’ve done since July. It meant I really only had about three and a half months to write the book, which is shorter than usual for me. In fact, I ended up doing about twenty percent of the work on it in the last two weeks — 13,000 new words, plus revision and read-through before turning it in. I usually try to finish a couple of weeks before the deadline so I can let the book sit before the read-through. I didn’t have that option this time.
The thing is, I don’t think this is going to be visible in the finished project. It still feels like all my other books have at this stage — a heady mix of pride of terror. Is it great? Does it suck? What will people think? I just don’t know! I’m the only one who’s read it! I’m guessing the book got its rest time during all those stints of travel. All the same, I’d like to avoid the two-week intensive to finish in the future. That was a lot of work. I don’t think I could have kept up that pace for much longer.
What now? I’m taking a break for the next few weeks, at least until Christmas, maybe until the end of the year. All that stuff that I’ve been putting off for the last year or so while on my marathon of book production? Like cleaning out my office, sorting through and packing up all my old manuscripts and author copies, making a dent in the to-read pile, Christmas shopping and baking? Not to mention just enjoying the holidays. Yeah, that’ll be much easier now that I’m not thinking about finishing the book.
I’m still going to write every day (because I’m superstitious about it), but not on a particular project. I’m thinking a half an hour a day or so of messing around with potential novel proposals, outlining short stories, and so on. I’m looking forward to just playing with my writing for awhile.