Today . . .

24 01 2006

79,763 words, 316 pages later, I finished my novel. Let us all pause for a moment of celebration.

And now, let the rewriting begin.


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24 01 2006
allenb

CONGRATS!!!! That’s wonderful, you’ve given birth to a novel! And now you must murder your darlings … my deepest sympathies.

24 01 2006
allenb

CONGRATS!!!! That’s wonderful, you’ve given birth to a novel! And now you must murder your darlings … my deepest sympathies.

24 01 2006
allenb

CONGRATS!!!! That’s wonderful, you’ve given birth to a novel! And now you must murder your darlings … my deepest sympathies.

24 01 2006
jaezesse

congratulations momzy!! i’m so proud of you. you are the coolest.

What are you going to do to celebrate?

24 01 2006
jaezesse

congratulations momzy!! i’m so proud of you. you are the coolest.

What are you going to do to celebrate?

24 01 2006
jaezesse

congratulations momzy!! i’m so proud of you. you are the coolest.

What are you going to do to celebrate?

24 01 2006
scarlet_arts

Congratulations!

(You’re not tempted to hit 100,000? :P)

24 01 2006
scarlet_arts

Congratulations!

(You’re not tempted to hit 100,000? :P)

24 01 2006
scarlet_arts

Congratulations!

(You’re not tempted to hit 100,000? :P)

25 01 2006
Anonymous

yeah!

Way to go Jeanne Queenie!!!! What a great feeling. What an accomplishment. Do a little dance, okay?

From Mary in France

25 01 2006
Anonymous

yeah!

Way to go Jeanne Queenie!!!! What a great feeling. What an accomplishment. Do a little dance, okay?

From Mary in France

25 01 2006
Anonymous

yeah!

Way to go Jeanne Queenie!!!! What a great feeling. What an accomplishment. Do a little dance, okay?

From Mary in France

25 01 2006
Anonymous

meGAD

Her husband is the celebration party: we’ll have dinner tonight (Wed), chat, dance a jig, etc!
G

25 01 2006
Anonymous

meGAD

Her husband is the celebration party: we’ll have dinner tonight (Wed), chat, dance a jig, etc!
G

25 01 2006
Anonymous

meGAD

Her husband is the celebration party: we’ll have dinner tonight (Wed), chat, dance a jig, etc!
G

25 01 2006
gaia43

Wonderful! I am so excited (and exhausted!) for you!

25 01 2006
gaia43

Wonderful! I am so excited (and exhausted!) for you!

25 01 2006
gaia43

Wonderful! I am so excited (and exhausted!) for you!

25 01 2006
jeannedamoff

she slowly raised the pen, dripping with red ink

Thanks!

The good (?) news is my heart is utterly hardened. I hardly flinch when I commit murder now. πŸ™‚

25 01 2006
jeannedamoff

she slowly raised the pen, dripping with red ink

Thanks!

The good (?) news is my heart is utterly hardened. I hardly flinch when I commit murder now. πŸ™‚

25 01 2006
jeannedamoff

she slowly raised the pen, dripping with red ink

Thanks!

The good (?) news is my heart is utterly hardened. I hardly flinch when I commit murder now. πŸ™‚

25 01 2006
jeannedamoff

Re: meGAD

Did you say dance? Hot diggidy!

25 01 2006
jeannedamoff

Re: meGAD

Did you say dance? Hot diggidy!

25 01 2006
jeannedamoff

Re: meGAD

Did you say dance? Hot diggidy!

25 01 2006
Anonymous

Congrats!!!!

Happy, happy, joy, joy…

Huge Congratulations!

Mike S.

25 01 2006
Anonymous

Congrats!!!!

Happy, happy, joy, joy…

Huge Congratulations!

Mike S.

25 01 2006
Anonymous

Congrats!!!!

Happy, happy, joy, joy…

Huge Congratulations!

Mike S.

25 01 2006
jeannedamoff

Thanks πŸ™‚

Basically, I just kept telling the story until it ended. Good thing for me it landed at about 80,000 words, since that’s standard.

However, if you’d like to suggest some of your favorite words, I could throw them in here and there. As flavoring. For example, “conundrum” is a nice word. I could sneak it in thus:

Bob and Mary gazed into each other’s eyes, afraid to believe they were now free to love each other unhindered by his mother’s domineering ways and her ex-employer’s 401 K Plan. He sighed. “Let’s elope! Tonight!”

Tears sparkled in her eyes. “Yes! By the way, did I ever tell you I once had a dog named Conundrum?”

“I love that name!” They joined hands and skipped off into the sunset.

It would totally work. Send your words, and I’ll get on those edits.

25 01 2006
jeannedamoff

Thanks πŸ™‚

Basically, I just kept telling the story until it ended. Good thing for me it landed at about 80,000 words, since that’s standard.

However, if you’d like to suggest some of your favorite words, I could throw them in here and there. As flavoring. For example, “conundrum” is a nice word. I could sneak it in thus:

Bob and Mary gazed into each other’s eyes, afraid to believe they were now free to love each other unhindered by his mother’s domineering ways and her ex-employer’s 401 K Plan. He sighed. “Let’s elope! Tonight!”

Tears sparkled in her eyes. “Yes! By the way, did I ever tell you I once had a dog named Conundrum?”

“I love that name!” They joined hands and skipped off into the sunset.

It would totally work. Send your words, and I’ll get on those edits.

25 01 2006
jeannedamoff

Thanks πŸ™‚

Basically, I just kept telling the story until it ended. Good thing for me it landed at about 80,000 words, since that’s standard.

However, if you’d like to suggest some of your favorite words, I could throw them in here and there. As flavoring. For example, “conundrum” is a nice word. I could sneak it in thus:

Bob and Mary gazed into each other’s eyes, afraid to believe they were now free to love each other unhindered by his mother’s domineering ways and her ex-employer’s 401 K Plan. He sighed. “Let’s elope! Tonight!”

Tears sparkled in her eyes. “Yes! By the way, did I ever tell you I once had a dog named Conundrum?”

“I love that name!” They joined hands and skipped off into the sunset.

It would totally work. Send your words, and I’ll get on those edits.

25 01 2006
jeannedamoff

Re: yeah!

Thanks, cherie. As for dancing, you don’t have to twist my arm. A successfully scrambled egg is enough excuse for a hoedown. πŸ™‚

25 01 2006
jeannedamoff

Re: yeah!

Thanks, cherie. As for dancing, you don’t have to twist my arm. A successfully scrambled egg is enough excuse for a hoedown. πŸ™‚

25 01 2006
jeannedamoff

Re: yeah!

Thanks, cherie. As for dancing, you don’t have to twist my arm. A successfully scrambled egg is enough excuse for a hoedown. πŸ™‚

25 01 2006
jeannedamoff

Thanks, Crystal. How are the wedding plans coming? ♥

25 01 2006
jeannedamoff

Thanks, Crystal. How are the wedding plans coming? ♥

25 01 2006
jeannedamoff

Thanks, Crystal. How are the wedding plans coming? ♥

25 01 2006
jeannedamoff

Re: Congrats!!!!

Thank, thank, you, you! And thanks for all your encouragement along the way.

25 01 2006
jeannedamoff

Re: Congrats!!!!

Thank, thank, you, you! And thanks for all your encouragement along the way.

25 01 2006
jeannedamoff

Re: Congrats!!!!

Thank, thank, you, you! And thanks for all your encouragement along the way.

25 01 2006
gaia43

Thanks for asking! We put them on hold right now, because we are buying a house! Doing both was just too stressful, so we are keeping our date the same (8/26/06), but will continue planning after we move (hopefully in the next month or two!)

25 01 2006
gaia43

Thanks for asking! We put them on hold right now, because we are buying a house! Doing both was just too stressful, so we are keeping our date the same (8/26/06), but will continue planning after we move (hopefully in the next month or two!)

25 01 2006
gaia43

Thanks for asking! We put them on hold right now, because we are buying a house! Doing both was just too stressful, so we are keeping our date the same (8/26/06), but will continue planning after we move (hopefully in the next month or two!)

25 01 2006
Anonymous

Today …

yay! It’s a wonderful feeling to write The End, even if much rewriting awaits.
Linda (in Kansas)

25 01 2006
Anonymous

Today …

yay! It’s a wonderful feeling to write The End, even if much rewriting awaits.
Linda (in Kansas)

25 01 2006
Anonymous

Today …

yay! It’s a wonderful feeling to write The End, even if much rewriting awaits.
Linda (in Kansas)

25 01 2006
Anonymous

Congratulations, Jeanne!! I’m sure it’s fabulous!
Sharon (aka Mike’s favorite sister-in-law *east* of the Mississippi)

25 01 2006
Anonymous

Congratulations, Jeanne!! I’m sure it’s fabulous!
Sharon (aka Mike’s favorite sister-in-law *east* of the Mississippi)

25 01 2006
Anonymous

Congratulations, Jeanne!! I’m sure it’s fabulous!
Sharon (aka Mike’s favorite sister-in-law *east* of the Mississippi)

25 01 2006
jeannedamoff

Re: Today …

You’re right, it is a great feeling. And thankfully, I edit as I go, so it’s not the train wreck it could be.

Now to get started on the sequel . . .

25 01 2006
jeannedamoff

Re: Today …

You’re right, it is a great feeling. And thankfully, I edit as I go, so it’s not the train wreck it could be.

Now to get started on the sequel . . .

25 01 2006
jeannedamoff

Re: Today …

You’re right, it is a great feeling. And thankfully, I edit as I go, so it’s not the train wreck it could be.

Now to get started on the sequel . . .

25 01 2006
jeannedamoff

That Mike. What a flatterer. πŸ˜‰

Thanks, Sharon. I hope it’s at least almost as good as you’re sure it is.

Love, the west-of-the-Mississippi fave

25 01 2006
jeannedamoff

That Mike. What a flatterer. πŸ˜‰

Thanks, Sharon. I hope it’s at least almost as good as you’re sure it is.

Love, the west-of-the-Mississippi fave

25 01 2006
jeannedamoff

That Mike. What a flatterer. πŸ˜‰

Thanks, Sharon. I hope it’s at least almost as good as you’re sure it is.

Love, the west-of-the-Mississippi fave

25 01 2006
scarlet_arts

Re: Thanks πŸ™‚

Here are some of the more interesting words taken from my last coulple of LJ entries:

frugal
snorkel
albatross
ornithorincus
penitentiary
onomatopoeia
kumquat
guacamole
spleen
notwithstanding
spoon
galoshes
spatula
tuberculosis
roustabout

Good luck for the next stage of your elucubration.

25 01 2006
scarlet_arts

Re: Thanks πŸ™‚

Here are some of the more interesting words taken from my last coulple of LJ entries:

frugal
snorkel
albatross
ornithorincus
penitentiary
onomatopoeia
kumquat
guacamole
spleen
notwithstanding
spoon
galoshes
spatula
tuberculosis
roustabout

Good luck for the next stage of your elucubration.

25 01 2006
scarlet_arts

Re: Thanks πŸ™‚

Here are some of the more interesting words taken from my last coulple of LJ entries:

frugal
snorkel
albatross
ornithorincus
penitentiary
onomatopoeia
kumquat
guacamole
spleen
notwithstanding
spoon
galoshes
spatula
tuberculosis
roustabout

Good luck for the next stage of your elucubration.

25 01 2006
Anonymous

Congratulations!!!

Congratulations!!! I’m excited for you!

25 01 2006
Anonymous

Congratulations!!!

Congratulations!!! I’m excited for you!

25 01 2006
Anonymous

Congratulations!!!

Congratulations!!! I’m excited for you!

26 01 2006
ldamoff

i would take you out for a beer to celebrate but i am under 21… cheers just the same.

your affectionate son-like creature,
luke

26 01 2006
ldamoff

i would take you out for a beer to celebrate but i am under 21… cheers just the same.

your affectionate son-like creature,
luke

26 01 2006
ldamoff

i would take you out for a beer to celebrate but i am under 21… cheers just the same.

your affectionate son-like creature,
luke

26 01 2006
jeannedamoff

Re: Congratulations!!!

Thanks, mystery person. πŸ™‚

26 01 2006
jeannedamoff

Re: Congratulations!!!

Thanks, mystery person. πŸ™‚

26 01 2006
jeannedamoff

Re: Congratulations!!!

Thanks, mystery person. πŸ™‚

26 01 2006
jeannedamoff

Aw, aren’t you the sweetest little sonny-wonny! How quaint that you would take me out for a beer. I musta done raised you right.

x-tie o-sies,
Mmmmz

26 01 2006
jeannedamoff

Aw, aren’t you the sweetest little sonny-wonny! How quaint that you would take me out for a beer. I musta done raised you right.

x-tie o-sies,
Mmmmz

26 01 2006
jeannedamoff

Aw, aren’t you the sweetest little sonny-wonny! How quaint that you would take me out for a beer. I musta done raised you right.

x-tie o-sies,
Mmmmz

26 01 2006
jeannedamoff

Thanks, Grace. I may be the coolest, but you are “the cutest one.”

xo, Mz

26 01 2006
jeannedamoff

Thanks, Grace. I may be the coolest, but you are “the cutest one.”

xo, Mz

26 01 2006
jeannedamoff

Thanks, Grace. I may be the coolest, but you are “the cutest one.”

xo, Mz

27 01 2006
Anonymous

This Deserves A Woo AND A Hoo!

I’ve so thrilled for you! I hope you’re the next one with the rave reviews in PW. That’s EXACTLY what I hope… Love. Katy http://www.fallible.com

27 01 2006
Anonymous

This Deserves A Woo AND A Hoo!

I’ve so thrilled for you! I hope you’re the next one with the rave reviews in PW. That’s EXACTLY what I hope… Love. Katy http://www.fallible.com

27 01 2006
Anonymous

This Deserves A Woo AND A Hoo!

I’ve so thrilled for you! I hope you’re the next one with the rave reviews in PW. That’s EXACTLY what I hope… Love. Katy http://www.fallible.com

29 01 2006
traci37

How many days did it take?

29 01 2006
traci37

How many days did it take?

29 01 2006
traci37

How many days did it take?

30 01 2006
jeannedamoff

Re: This Deserves A Woo AND A Hoo!

Thanks, Katy. Rave reviews would certainly rock, but what I REALLY want (once I actually have a book in print) is to be interviewed on fallible.com. πŸ™‚

Love, J.

30 01 2006
jeannedamoff

Re: This Deserves A Woo AND A Hoo!

Thanks, Katy. Rave reviews would certainly rock, but what I REALLY want (once I actually have a book in print) is to be interviewed on fallible.com. πŸ™‚

Love, J.

30 01 2006
jeannedamoff

Re: This Deserves A Woo AND A Hoo!

Thanks, Katy. Rave reviews would certainly rock, but what I REALLY want (once I actually have a book in print) is to be interviewed on fallible.com. πŸ™‚

Love, J.

30 01 2006
jeannedamoff

That’s an interesting question, Traci. I wasn’t on a deadline, so I didn’t push myself. I don’t even remember exactly when I started this book, but I think it was about a year and a half ago. If I stacked actual writing days (including rewriting, which I do as I go), it probably took about three months. But part of my creative rhythm involves time away from a story–to let the paint dry a bit. My brain works best when I can let ideas percolate for a while. I also think plunging myself into other projects (like choreography) renews my imagination, and I come back to the page refreshed. So, if I’d written the whole thing in three months, it would probably be a very different story.

How’s that for a long answer to a short question? πŸ™‚

30 01 2006
jeannedamoff

That’s an interesting question, Traci. I wasn’t on a deadline, so I didn’t push myself. I don’t even remember exactly when I started this book, but I think it was about a year and a half ago. If I stacked actual writing days (including rewriting, which I do as I go), it probably took about three months. But part of my creative rhythm involves time away from a story–to let the paint dry a bit. My brain works best when I can let ideas percolate for a while. I also think plunging myself into other projects (like choreography) renews my imagination, and I come back to the page refreshed. So, if I’d written the whole thing in three months, it would probably be a very different story.

How’s that for a long answer to a short question? πŸ™‚

30 01 2006
jeannedamoff

That’s an interesting question, Traci. I wasn’t on a deadline, so I didn’t push myself. I don’t even remember exactly when I started this book, but I think it was about a year and a half ago. If I stacked actual writing days (including rewriting, which I do as I go), it probably took about three months. But part of my creative rhythm involves time away from a story–to let the paint dry a bit. My brain works best when I can let ideas percolate for a while. I also think plunging myself into other projects (like choreography) renews my imagination, and I come back to the page refreshed. So, if I’d written the whole thing in three months, it would probably be a very different story.

How’s that for a long answer to a short question? πŸ™‚

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