Sunday, May 29, 2005
Hunting Jack Concludes
I made Gail breakfast and she went to collect Laura from her Grans then take her out for the afternoon to the park. I tidied up and got the laptop started up for an afternoon of writing. Things at this stage were about as good as I could hope for.
Then Ian arrived - usually not in itself a problem - but he promptly turned off all the electricity, leaving me with no power for the laptop or even to boil the kettle. The entire afternoon was ruined and I got pretty bored and annoyed very quickly. I couldn't even help out as it was all electrical work.
When the power finally came back on I checked my email. I had previously checked with my editor and offered a month's free subscription as a sponsorship prize for the PSH Poetry Contest 2005. The offer was gratefully accepted by the organisers, who are going to send me out more details now that I am on board.
After a salmon steak dinner I got the laptop out and wrote out three issues of Hunting Jack. It was the final three isntallments and it took me until 1am to cmplete. I still have to polish up the last nine issues for the usual things and for consistency, but ultimately, it is all done, complete, finito, fin.
It is a strange feeling. There is no more to be written and the story is now told. It is, in a way, anti-climactic, but at the same time a relief. I have feelings of emptiness and little euphoria. I wonder how I will feel in the morning, because with no more sub-plots to figure out or characters to develop I feel like I am in a void.
It may take time to sink in.
So, what's next? A sequel? Or are you going to take a break from serials?
Congrats on telling your story. That is quite an accomplishment.
You've written a novel.
You did it.
Most people yap about it or dream about it.
You DID it.
That's an enormous achievement.
Oh, and by the way -- great minds and all that --we both had salmon for dinner last night -- guess we needed some brain food! :)
Congratulations! That is wonderful, and it sounds like a good book!
You should be proud!
Be sure to do something to celebrate!
I felt the momentum build up to the finish line as you described your electricity being zapped earlier. To pardon the pun, I did feel a surge, a charge of happiness, for you that you were able to forge full-force ahead later.
P.S. I do wish you could have luxuriated longer in the morn. We have children, too. ;) Thank you for spontaneously putting up my link. Hopefully, I'll be inpsired to post more of my other writings and poetry...
I always feel sad after typing "THE END" because those characters story is all told. I suppose that's why I decided to embark on a trilogy (with the novel) becuase I'm not ready to let go of those characters yet (and they have a LOT more story left to be told). But I'm rambling here. I've missed reading my blogs since I was so ill this weekend. :) Congrats again!