Friday, March 11, 2011

Friday's at the Piedmont Grille

On Today's Menu -- Quesadillas, Sudo'hone, Shrimp Lo Mein, and just for giggles, The-Two-Guys-in-Vermont-who-make-that-ice-cream Cherry Garcia.

I know, I have an eclectic sense of taste today. Goes along with the week I've had.

After the high of Monday, the rest of the week pretty much went downhill on a personal level. Okay, not all the way down, but just enough to make me grumpy. I don't honestly know how people live through a 'rainy season'.

On a writing level however, I couldn't have had a better week. I know most of you don't pay any attention to my sidebar and that's okay, but I just wanted to let you know I'm closing in on the end of Ellis and Violet's story. 77,301K as of last night at 7:45 pm.

Eight thousand more words. That's it and I'm done. I have three plot lines to tie together, a wedding to plan, and a villainess who needs to get her comeuppance. I also found a surprise surprise totally big freaking surprise NEW character who is totally freaking going to blow the doors off the end of the story. (And he will get his own book out of the deal. How cool is that? His name is Rory.)

I wrote some end notes while waiting in the pick-up line at school so I know pretty much where I'm going with the whole thing. And you know, I have to say, as much as I write in my pants, this outlining thing isn't so bad -- especially if I don't force it.

I'm sorry I don't have any links this week. I tried to get around to as many of you as I could. There's a lot of great stuff going on. Yay Roland! Yay Talli! Yay Lisa and Laura!

The writing took up a lot of time, and as you know, the writing comes first. I also got lost for two hours one day doing research, but it was important so ...

I hope you all have a great weekend. I'll be digging a trench.


**6:15 am I just heard about the massive quake and tsunami in Japan. I will be praying for those affected, and for those of you on the West Coast and Hawaii. Stay safe.

32 comments:

Laura Pauling said...

Reaching the end like that is a mixed feeling. Excitement b/c the first draft is almost done. Sadness b/c I love writing the first draft. And dread - I'm actually going to have to salvage something out of this mess! Congrats!

Anne Gallagher said...

Laura -- I know. I hate writing the end. I usually cry b/c I fall in love with them. But this time, I think b/c of the new character I might just finish it and get onto revisions so I can start the new book.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Quesadillas! Sounds good to me. 8000 words - you can do it!

Jennifer Shirk said...

Awww...yeah, writing the ending can be bittersweet. But just think how great it'll be to start something NEW! :)

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

Congrats on the forward momentum! Rory is a GREAT name -- I'm instantly intrigued. Good luck with the ending :))

Christine Danek said...

Great job on teh writing. Go Anne! Sounds great. I also write notes in the pick up line at school. :) Good luck and keep going.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I'm always excited to finish the first draft. I can't wait to read it and start the revisions. :D

Anne Gallagher said...

Alex -- I wish I could wave a magic wand and make the weekend last 3 days. 8k would be a piece of cake.

Jennifer -- Once this one is done, I'm going to revise Masquerade, then revise this, THEN start on book 3, THEN 4, THEN this new one. He needs some time to stew a bit.

Nicole -- Thanks so much. Rory is actually a shorter version of his given name. He's an Earl by the way. Oh lala.

Christine -- I get most of my best ideas in the pick up line. Kind of like the shower but not as wet.

Stina -- I've been revising a lot as I've gone along, so I think for the most part, I'll just be tightening up and adding descriptors. At least I hope so. We'll see what I find.

Christi Goddard said...

I got up early this morning to finish my chapter, but I spent the first two hours reading about Japan and New Zealand. I've got an hour before I leave, so I might make some headway now, but I kind of doubt it.

Al said...

By the sounds of it your Rory and my Valentina have been plotting together!

Anne Gallagher said...

Christi -- Even 15 minutes is worth it. You know that.

Al -- He came from out of NO WHERE. And he's just so COOL! I can't wait to write him up.

Linda G. said...

Congrats on closing in on the finish line -- and on "meeting" Rory! :)

Bish Denham said...

Congratulations on being so near the end! (Then of course comes the hard part...revising.)

Have a wonderful week-end. Sounds like you're going to be eating well.

Anne Gallagher said...

Linda -- Thanks. A 'surprise' if ever there was one.

Bish -- Revisions won't be as daunting as I thought. I've been going along with them with the book so I just need to tighten it a little bit more. And no, that's just fantasy food. My plate will more likely be filled with grilled cheese and apples.

Liza said...

Fantastic week for you! And Rory! Love the name and just on that alone want to know more about the character! Good luck on the finish!

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

ooh! New character excitement! I really like the name Rory

Bossy Betty said...

I would like all of the food delivered to my house, please.

I knew a Rory once and he had an unusually large body part. Work with that idea, my writer friend.

Anne Gallagher said...

Liza -- Thanks, typing away mightily as we speak.

Sarah -- His real name is...oops, can't tell until the big reveal next year.

Betty -- First you get a date with Ellis, now you want my food? lol

I think Rory will be wearing a kilt more often than not.

The Las Vegas Writer said...

Yay! Only 8,000 more words! You'll be done by next week I'm sure :) Congrats.

Jamie Burch said...

Way to go, Anne! Good luck with your ending and have fun with your new character. So exciting!

Love Quesadillas! Just had some last weekend and now they're sounding good again.

Enjoy your weekend...:)

Anne R. Allen said...

Nice be so close to the finish line. I love that feeling. More important than blogging.

Great piece in the Literary Lab anthology--loved it!

Anne Gallagher said...

Natascha -- Have ust written 2300 more today so I am officially over the 80k mark. Maybe by Monday????

Jamie -- Quesadilla's do sound good. Maybe I'll make some as a treat.

Anne -- Almost done. Almost done. Almost done. Thanks. I wish I could redo it though. Much I'd change I think.

Lydia K said...

Good luck on your end! It's a bittersweet feeling, isn't it?

Have a great weekend!

jbchicoine said...

Anne, with a name like Rory! Well I don't think I need to say anything more, except do I get to read!?

Anne Gallagher said...

Lydia -- I'm waiting to cry. It's coming soon.

Bridget -- Do you want to read? I'd be more than happy to send it to you. You'd have to read the whole thing though, Rory doesn't appear until the last 10 pages. Or I could just send you the last 10 pages. lol

The Words Crafter said...

Rory, I like that name!

I'm wondering if I need to move to Europe. I love rainy days, just not the torrential kinds.

As for nearing the end, all I can say is goodygoodygoody!!!

Theresa Milstein said...

YaY, you're almost done with the book! I have about 10k to go on mine.

I'm waiting for Amazon US to have Talli's book so I can order one for the winner on my blog from my last contest and one for my mother. I've already read it.

The poor people of Japan. This morning, I heard about the nuclear reactor.

Anne Gallagher said...

Becky -- I think either England or Washington state. I think it rains like 200 days a year in WA.

Theresa -- Yay US!!! I know, I'm waiting for Talli's book too. Isn't that awful in Japan. The nuclear is scaring me silly.

Hannah Kincade said...

Congrats on all the writing!! That's always a great thing to do. You are right, writing always comes first.

I can't wait to do more writing this weekend now that I bought myself a celebratory new desk chair. It's so comfortable!

I see many hours of writing ahead.

Have a great weekend!!

She Writes said...

Congrats on all the writing!

I live through a rainy season and I do not like it! It is worse than you can imagine.

Talli Roland said...

Thanks for the YAY! And a big YAY! for you. Sounds like you've had a fantastic week, Anne! :)

Deniz Bevan said...

Woo! Congratulations on the word count and on being so close to the end!