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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

And So We Come to an End...

I finished editing the last chapter of Under a Dark Star this morning. This evening I handed off all 33 chapters to my beta-readers on CC.

The chapters will be returned by mid-August full of corrections, questions, and general Logic Hammer Moments that will need fixing. I already know some of the major issues that need to be addressed. I know UDS isn't truly Done. It isn't Polished. It isn't ready to query.

But I do have the full novel drafted and finished.

I didn't flake on the ending like I have on other books. I didn't abandon it for other shiny ideas like the plot whore I am. I didn't give into Isuckitis or Perfectionism and quite writing.

Those are all major accomplishments for me.

I'm not sure how many more drafts I need to get UDS perfect. It needs at least one major rewrite on the first 12 chapters. After that... who knows?

Last year I wanted to be agented by my birthday (August 16th in case you're wondering). This year I'm a little more realistic. Writing and editing sound easy, but once you get in the trenches... it's all blood, guts, and tears. Usually my own.

But for now... A Toast! To the end of drafts, good beta-readers with sound advice, and bright new shiny plots ahead!


  1. Have some sparkling cider. Yay for finishing! Good job! Congratulations!

    *flaming pom poms and zombie cheerleaders*

  2. Congrats again at having a draft done. ;)

    *clinks mugs*

  3. AMAZING! I really am proud of you!!! If you were closer I'd totally take you out to dinner.

    So what happened to that kid in the waiting room today?

  4. Congratulations on finishing your draft.

  5. Whoohoo! *breaks out - drat, Dani beat me to the pom poms. How about, making lots of things go boom around your house?*

    Finishign a draft is wonderful! As is finishing an edit..or so I hear.

    Agent will come in good time. :)

  6. Party time! Cheers to the finished draft.

  7. Congrats! I know how thrilling that is :)

  8. congrads thats awesome Liana!!

  9. Liana, fantastic. I am so happy for you. So few have done what you have. Good for you.