Victory is mine! Let the streets flow with wine and song!
Yes, earlier today I finished the first draft of Princesses In SPACE!!! (not the actual title). And since a while back I figured on being done by Memorial Day Weekend, I'm actually a month and a half early. Future editors, take note. Deadlines are nothing to me! Ha!!!
By way of some stats: the final word count of this first draft is 178,575 words -- under my target of 180,000, which makes me happy, especially since that word count is likely to plunge when I get to the editing. Since I started tracking my daily production, I've produced over 28,000 words, for an average of over 1500 words a day on the days that I've written. And in that time, I only missed three days -- this past Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, which I'm fine with given that Thursday involved preparations for a trip and Friday and Saturday were, you know, the actual trip.
In truth, I must admit that over the last couple weeks, I've felt a subconscious applying of the brakes, as if I wasn't really ready to leave this world yet. And in a way, I'm not...but it's time. This tale is done, in its first telling, and now I need to just let the manuscript sit for three months. I won't allow myself to even look at it again until July 16 at the earliest. I'm a firm believer in letting writing fade into memory a bit before moving onto the "Kill your darlings" phase.
So what now, then? No writing? Perish the thought! I'm going to move seamlessly right into the next project, "The Lighthouse Boy Who Ran Away" (not the actual title). Who knows -- I may even start that one tonight. I can't be stopped, man!
(By the way, how much of a dork am I? It was 80 degrees here today, which I deem 'too hot for overalls'. So for this photo I put 'em on, took the photo, and went back to shorts. There's a cautionary tale in that, but I'm not sure what it is.)