This has been a great writerly week for me.
It started on Tuesday, when I got an e-mail from Hogglepot, a fantasy webzine, that they did indeed want to publish my story, Bear Hug, in February. Yay!
Bear Hug is the first contemporary fantasy story I wrote, and I really wanted people to read it - not because I think it's the best story I ever wrote, but because I genuinely like the story. The ending came with a flash of inspiration, not planning. I think that is when my muse introduced herself to me.
I will post when it is up over at Hogglepot, in case you want to take a peek! I have been reading their webzine since I found the listing on duotrope and I've enjoyed the stories they have run. If you like quirky fantasy, I suggest you check them out!
Then, on Wednesday, I finally finished the first draft of Finding Meara. Yay!
However, my reaction when I put down the final period baffled me. I don't know what I expected to happen, but I can tell you what didn't happen.
A choir of angels did not come down from heaven to sing the hallelujah chorus.
A marching band didn't parade through my living room, playing kick-you-know-what music.
President Obama didn't call me from the Oval Office, offering congratulations on a job well done.
What did happen: I sat very still on my couch, and thought "That's it?" And then my next thought was, "Now what?"
I wondered if there was something wrong with me. I still don't have the need to do a happy dance. I could analyze myself to death about why I am feeling... well... nothing, really, but I think it would be a waste of time. This week I read an excellent post at The Write Practice called Your Successes Will Never Be Successful Enough, so I'm just going to link it here.
I'm not whining, mind you. Finishing the first draft of Finding Meara is a milestone on the journey to becoming a novelist, for sure. I am happy to have finished, and proud of the work I have done so far. But it is only one of those action steps every writer must take on the path to publication.
The answer to my "Now what?" is, of course, revisions, writing more stories, and learning how to write query letters, a synopsis, a "blurb," a pitch, and so one. Already I am planning my next few months, fitting my writing goals into the cracks of time left over in my everyday life.
But, I am going to take the lesson learned from Joe Bunting at the Write Practice, and enjoy this successful week for what it is.
Because I finished my first draft, I am going to take a four day holiday (instead of just two days) from writing, and enjoy my Christmas, and my family, and not worry about the novel.
And I am going to wish you all a very merry Holiday Season! I hope it is filled with peace and contentment and all the important things!