quarter to nine on a friday night, and the complete first draft of No Good Deed has just been finished.
i’m so jazzed right now. i want to dive right into the revision, give myself a carpal tunnel recurrence going all night typing it up, but i need to take a breath. it’s strange to think that it’s actually done. all this time talking about it, and finally getting there, particularly with the way the ending seemed to be one obstacle after another.
mind you, this is the first draft. the intention all along has been that this will not see the same number of revisions as Witness (11, 12, 13…?), but there are likely two more full scale revisions, and possibly a third, though i will do my best to avoid that.
be that as it may, the first draft of Witness took more than a year to complete. this one took three and a half months (starting the july 21, the day after readercon, and ending today – thank you again readercon!). that’s, like, 70% less time. like, oh, my gawd!
it’s also good to remember that the first two months were full time (yielding the bulk of the work) and the last month and a half has been as the unpaid third part-time job of my weekly existence (proving my ability to make this a viable vocational venture – verily).
anyway, now i’m babbling. so sue me. i just finished another book.
p.s. – there was one thing i wanted to note about today: i had lunch with a good friend i haven’t seen in too long, and she asked about Witness and about my progress on the new book. i told her about the various rejections for Witness, which are just part of the game, and being _this_ close to the end of the new book, but continuing to hit obstacles, even though i could practically taste the ending.
as i was relating these things, i was toying with the cap of my Jones Soda Co. bottle cap (cream soda, very good; apple also surprisingly delightful) and noticed some writing on the inside. Looking closer, I had to laugh out loud:
i mean, come on. how could i not finish today?