Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Drum Roll Please

As of 11:32am on Monday morning, I finished my manuscript. TA DA! I totally blew off all the stuff I was supposed to do and sat down and finished it. I cried like a baby, yes I did, when I wrote those two little words. The End.

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to each and every one of you who have given me support over the last few months. I could not have asked for a better cheering squad than you guys. This blogging community is so full of awesomely talented people and I wouldn't be where I am today without all of you.

I can now help my mother with a clear conscious. lol. I'm taking the rest of the week to do all the things I didn't do on Monday, and will hopefully start on edits next week. I've been revising as I've gone along so there isn't much to do in that sense, however, I've got those nasty line edits. I think those are the most time consuming.

I will also be making my way back around the blogs to visit. I've been so busy trying to get this ms. done, I've neglected you all and I'm sorry. But you all know how it goes. The writing comes first.

THANK YOU again, so much for your kindness and support. It really means the world to me.

Now, I'm off to unscrew the cabinet doors for Mommy Dearest. I'll see you all on Friday at the Grille.

Love you!

43 comments:

Jayne said...

Hooray! Anne, that's fantastic news. 'The End' - two little words that have so much determination and effort behind them. I hope you find time to celebrate a little between unscrewing cabinet doors and starting on edits. Let's start here - Congratulations!

Laura Pauling said...

That's great! and yes, writing the comes first!

Anne Gallagher said...

Jayne -- Isn't that funny, I never thought of celebrating. I keep thinking about line edits and tweaking the ending a tad. Maybe I will. Thank you.

Laura -- It took a long time to acknowledge it, but writing MUST come first.

The Words Crafter said...

Woohoo!!!! Congrats on the completion!!! It's been busy here with random stuff....life happens. And you're right, the writing has to come first.

Have fun with the reno!

Suzie F. said...

That's quite an accomplishment! What a great feeling that must be. Congratulations, Anne!

Anne Gallagher said...

Becky -- That's the one thing I've learned -- The writing HAS to come first.

Suzie -- Thanks so much! I'm giddy all over.

Tracy said...

Yay, Anne! There is nothing quite so uplifting, yet somewhat depressing, about being able to type out those two little words.

Just wait until you have to write the query letter for this one. Oh . . . I probably should have let you bask in the glory of the moment a little bit longer.

Anne Gallagher said...

Tracy -- The query letter has been written since January 19th. It came to me one day and I hastily wrote it down. My sticking point in the synopsis, but I outlined this book and stuck to it, so it shouldn't be too hard.

Christine Danek said...

So awesome. I knew you could do it. It's so nice to have a clear conscious. So great.
Have a great day!

Anne Gallagher said...

Christine -- I'll tell you what. I feel SO FREE, like I've just been let out of a dungeon. Have a great day too!

Laurel Garver said...

Congrats! I know what you mean about weeping over writing "the end"--it's a mixture of elation and relief and beginning to miss your beloved characters already.

Anne Gallagher said...

Laurel -- You are so right. It's devastating to think I may never see them again. But, in all my books, characters come and go into each story so it's nice I get to visit with them again.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Congrats!!!! The first draft isn't my favorite part, so I'm always thrilled when it's finished.

Now you get to do the fun stuff. Edit. :D

Stephen Tremp said...

Congrats! on the milestone. Now go do something crazy. Just don't get caught.

Liza said...

Hooray Anne, for sticking to it! Now, as a result of reading this post, this is the last blog post I'm allowing for the day. Yup, back to "real" writing!

Anne Gallagher said...

Stina -- Oh yes. My favorite part. I also have to write the synopsis too. And that is just plain yuck.

Stephen -- Thanks. I get to unscrew cabinets today. That's about as crazy as I get these days.

Liza -- And I am thinking exactly the same thing. Time to get off the blogs.

Lydia K said...

Woohoo! What a great achievement! You deserve a little reward. :)

Lynn said...

Congratulations! Hope your celebrating today beyond unscreweing cabinet doors!

Linda G. said...

Congratulations! Enjoy the afterglow. :)

Deniz Bevan said...

Woo! Congratulations! Confetti shower!
Good luck with the edits. I'm mired in my own edits at the moment...

Bossy Betty said...

I am applauding! Can you hear it?

Bish Denham said...

Yahoo Anne! Hear those glasses of champagne clinking?

Matthew MacNish said...

Congratulations Anne! That's wonderful.

D U Okonkwo said...

Woo -hoo. Are you still doing your victory dance? :)

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

Yayayaay! Congrats! I hope your "The End" dance was epic and contained the moonwalk

Tara said...

Congrats to you! Have a great week :)

jbchicoine said...

You have a lot to be proud of with this story, Anne! Congrats on a great job :)

Domey Malasarn said...

Anne, Congratulations! That's so exciting! :)

Terry Towery said...

Congrats! Now all you to do is start querying that beast ... ;)

And yes, I got a bit teary-eyed when I finished mine, too. It's one hell of an achievement to write a novel. No matter how many times one has done it. Best of luck. And I honestly mean that.

Melody said...

Yay!!! Many, many congratulations!!!!! :D Look out publication, here comes Anne! :)

B. WHITTINGTON said...

Anne,
You need to celebrate girlfriend. QUite a feat getting that thing finished.
Enjoy enjoy enjoy the bliss of knowing you've written the end to a story.
Quit an accomplishment. A goal I've only finished once in my life time. Still hope to finish a few more.
Blessings on your week, Barb

Anne Gallagher said...

Thank you so much everyone! This really means a lot to me. You guys are the best.

I can't remember if I did a dance or not. I think after I wiped my tears I may have screamed a little bit, gave a woo-woo or something.

I do need to celebrate. Maybe I'll go out and buy something nice. Like a new hoe. Or shovel. Maybe I'll splurge and get both.

Donna Hosie said...

Congrats, Anne!

Talli Roland said...

Wooooo! Fantastic, Anne! Congrats!

Michelle Davidson Argyle said...

Sweet! Congrats on finishing! SUCH a good feeling. :)

The Las Vegas Writer said...

CONGRATULATIONS!

Jamie Burch said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! I'm so thrilled for you, Anne. Enjoy your catch up time and good luck next week! *Happy Dance*

February Grace said...

YES!!! So happy to hear it!!!

~bru

Anne Gallagher said...

Thank you, you guys are totally amazing. I wish I could give a cocktail party and invite you all. How much fun would that be?

Les Edgerton said...

CONGRATULATIONS, Anne! That's one of the biggest milestones in writing!

E. Elle said...

Congratulations! I'm so happy for you and am looking forward to hearing more about your experience - and seeing you more actively around the circuit, I won't lie. ;o)

Paul C said...

Your project was probably filled with 'sturm and drang'... and exciting creativity. Congratulations.

Dawn Simon said...

Congratulations!! That's awesome! Woo-hoo!