Well, not really finished. The first draft is, though, and is printed out and waiting impatiently in its sealed blue plastic case on the cushion on the rocking chair in the corner of the writing cave. It'll be staying there for the next two weeks while I gorge myself on new books, Season 4 of Castle, and sushi. Hopefully when that fortnight is up, I'll have enough distance to be able to revise it and improve it a bit before sending it off to Wonder Editor and Super Agent.
In the meantime: Whoooooooot!
Interesting facts about Book #2 of The As Yet Unnamed Trilogy (subject to change at the whim or myself or Wonder Editor):
The book has a title.
The title of the book is also the title of the final chapter.
The final chapter is eleven pages long.
The first word of the book is 'stealing'.
The final word of the book is 'home'.
For the first half of that final chapter, I was listening to the piece of music called 'Courtyard Apocalypse' from the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two sound track.
For the second half, I was listening to 'The Moment I Knew' from Taylor Swift's new album Red.
I listened to 'The Moment I Knew' twenty-three times before I was finished.
I cried for approximately three and a half hours while writing that chapter (which was not the whole day, but pretty much the whole afternoon).
Even though I call this the first draft, technically it's the third. That's because I write everything longhand in my notebook first, then type it up, revising as I go. And each day, before I start writing in my notebook, I read the day before's work and edit it again. This means that by the time Wonder Editor and Super Agent actually get to see it, it's really on the fourth draft. Which is sobering, when I consider how many drafts Wonder Editor and I normally go through...
In Other News! I'm very much hoping that I'm going to get to see the cover of The Night Itself soon, and that I'll be able to share it soon after that, along with the new series name (because it's not actually called The As Yet Unamed Trilogy, guys, okay?).
I think that's it for today, my lovelies! See you all for - I think - a writing related post on Thursday.