Wednesday, July 8, 2009

This is a VACATION?

For the most part, I've been in a stupor. It involved wiping faint traces of drool from my keyboard and staring at the laptop screen like it knows something I don't.

But I outsmarted it.

I finished the rough draft of my second manuscript yesterday despite my laptop's best efforts to lure me away with Solitaire and BBC news feeds.

Did you hear the important part? I FINISHED. The rough draft.

I ate carne asada and fried ice cream with my family to celebrate.

I am sorry I haven't been bouncing around your blogs the last couple of days. I'll be back prattling on (and on) soon in your comment boxes.

But today, I'm going to take a moment to breathe in the fresh air here at my lakeside writing retreat and enjoy the victory.

Then I'm going to figure out how to trim about 20,000 words out of my story.

Did I mention I prattle?

28 comments:

Steph @ Diapers and Divinity said...

If this motivates you at all, while you were gone, you won a MAJOR award. :)

Congrats on that big step in your drafts.

Lara said...

Better to have to cut 20,000 words than to have to write them, I say. Congrats!

And that darn solitaire is always tempting me to not fold laundry. It's evil.

Kazzy said...

Spider solitaire is an evil cousin! Ugh!

Congrats on your accomplishment!

Chantele said...

Congrats! That is such an awesome accomplishment.:)

Annette Lyon said...

Woohoo! That's an accomplishment. Congrats.

Becca said...

Rah! Rah! Rah-rah-rah! That's as cheerleader as I get, but it comes from the heart.

Vacations are beautiful!

You know, because we can get so much done.

Terresa said...

Love the fried ice cream & asado part (I'm a sucker for a good asado...are you part South American?!).

And congrats on finishing your rough draft!!!

Amber Lynae said...

Congrats! I think you deserve to celebrate.

I look forward to your prattling.

Emily said...

WOW. That is fantastic!

Cut out 20,000 words?! Good luck with that! :)

Kimberly said...

Congrats! Finishing the rough draft is such an incredible Wow-I-Think-I-Can-Fly-Now sort of feeling. Have fun with it!

Kristina P. said...

Prattle away, darling!

Aubrey said...

So excited for you! Can't wait to see what you've been working on.

And fried ice cream? How jealous am I?

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The Crash Test Dummy said...

YAY! You deserve a personal vay cay

Luisa Perkins said...

Woohoo! Well done!

Pass the carne asada, please.

DeNae said...

Yay! I can't wait to hear how your heroine, Princess Beulah DeNae Heartsandpuppies overcomes the trial of having such a long name her driver's license has to be worn on a chain around her neck.

I'm so glad I won that contest!!

Oh, and I heard on Tyra that there was this one lady who drooled on her computer keyboard and electrocuted her tongue, and now she can't taste anchovies. So be careful.

Erin said...

I am so excited that your rough draft is finished! You definitely need/deserve a vacation.

Heather of the EO said...

WHY do you have to trim 20,000 words???? That's just terrifying.

I love all your words. I wish you didn't have to cut any of them. Just sayin'

Heather of the EO said...

OH! And Congratulations too, of course :)

April said...

Woo hoooo!!! Congrats!!!

Carolyn V. said...

WooHoo!!! *happy dance while scooping up a spoonful of ice cream!* Congrats!

L.T. Elliot said...

CONGRATUALTIONS, MELANIE! I'm so happy for you! Way to go!

I prattle too. Thank heavens there's a delete key. (And a save file!)

BTW, I love Bear Lake too. =]

Debbie said...

That is huge! Congrats on finishing.

Eowyn said...

For some reason the phrase that has been running on and on through my mind lately is "I am a woman of many words"--in reference to me. Prattling is so much fun though!

Congrats on the finish!

Chris said...

Finished? (with the rough draft)

I think that is SO AWESOME! Good for you!!!

Prattle away. We all love it. ;)

Online Scrabble is what gets me.

Chaka said...

Congratulations!

CaJoh said...

Congratulations. You deserve it. Now just relax and enjoy yourself for a while. Get a clear head and then you can tackle the next part.

Good luck with your edits.