Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Cue the Angel Choirs

Hal-le-lujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hal-le-lu-jah!

After weeks of hair-pulling, teeth-gnashing, endless pacing, and ceaseless whining, the major rewrite is done!

(Cue those angels again!)

I owe everyone a big thanks for your support (and for not slapping me for annoying the crap out of you with the teeth-gnashing, whining, etc.). To all the folks who held my hand, talked me down off the ledge, told me I could do it (and even told me to just shut up and do it), and listened to my rants—gracias. Muchas gracias.

My poor CP is covered up with chapters—once I got the big stuff done, the rest fell into place and the chapters just poured into her mailbox. She’s a champ, though, and she’s working her way through them in record time (Big Smooches!!). Barring any major issues she finds, I should have it ready to go to the next (final) reader in the next week or so, and off to New York shortly thereafter.

So I’m celebrating. Feel free to pop the top on some cyber-champagne and join me. Later, after the ms is on its way back to the editor, I’ll start questioning myself again—“Did I do what she wanted? Is it any good? She’s going to hate the changes. I didn’t change it enough. I added a cat—how stupid was that?” But today, my friends, we are simply celebrating the fact
I DID IT!
And I’m very proud of myself for that fact. I was afraid I wouldn’t figure out how to do it. I was afraid I wouldn’t like the book after I changed the plot around. Regardless of what happens, I’ve learned a lot about my writing and my abilities, and a little of what it takes to be a writer.

Sure, it will hurt if it’s rejected after all the angst I’ve put into it, but this is a major milestone in my career. I don’t suck. I have the ability to put together a decent story (and then take it apart and rearrange it). I may have some more work to do on my craft, but I’m at least on the right track. An editor told me she loves my voice, and she liked my book enough to ask me to rewrite it.

Life is good.

While I’ve got the choir handy and the bubbly is flowing, share your own milestone or personal success you've hit recently. Each milestone you reach in pursuit of your big goal—whatever your goal is right now (writing, career, weight loss, whatever)—should be celebrated. It makes you realize the next milestone is achievable as well.

And it gets you that much closer to the dream.
PC

9 comments:

Jennifer Y. said...

SQUEE!

Playground Monitor said...

I'd like to second that SQUEE!

Linda Winstead Jones said...

Congratulations! What a great feeling. Celebrate! :-)

LJ

Angel said...

SQUEEEEEE!!!!!!

Congratulations, Kim! And you didn't even mention this last night?!?!

Personally, I'm celebrating my recent contest wins and finishing chapter 3.

I'm so excited for you! I know how much you've worried and worked over this. Enjoy this moment before the angst begins again! (And you thought you didn't have angst in your books! It's all just behind the scenes. :)

Angel

Instigator said...

SQUEEE! I'm with Danniele. That major milestone deserves a huge celebration. You should be shouting it from the rooftops :-)
Congratulations.

Instigator

Smarty Pants said...

The great thing about this group is that there's always something for us to celebrate. Always something to keep everyone motivated, even when a roadblock or an R comes our way.

Great job PC!
SP

Kathy said...

That's SQUEE-rific, PC! Way to go.

Kathy

Kathy said...

While you're deservedly on cloud nine, PC, I'm whining this morning. Even though the Times called last night, my son only got mentioned in the scores section. Instead the article focus was on the Buckhorn girl's win. While they deserve to be congratulated, we're disappointed that the HG boys team only got 3 one sentence paragraphs for their County win.

My boy was disappointed this morning, as was I. But hey I should cheer up, the bright side is...he's got two medals in his room and no one can take them away.

So no matter what happens now, PC, cherish this feeling. Nothing can take it away!

J.B. Thompson said...

Whatever "SQUEEEE!!" is, you get one from me, too! (Hey, I'm new here.)

I'm giving you props on my blog again today:

http://jbtauthor.blogspot.com/2006/04/aloha.html

Tremendous accomplishment, PC - way to go!! You inspire us all.

=) JB