Mid afternoon today, I finished up a complete draft of the current longer WiP -- Sex, Lies and Bondage Tape -- at which point I went straight to the supermarket, because the cupboard was BARE! I've had so much on this past couple of weeks we just agreed to make do with whatever was in the freezer etc. Last night we had to eat a peculiar combination of tomato and herb chicken with Thai couscous. Don’t ask! Whilst tentatively tasting, incredulous looks were exchanged. The perfect antidote to that taste atrocity was of course a bottle of red wine; alas there was only one left in the house (yikes!) so we had to wrangle over that, and the dregs of a vodka bottle. I knew then that we'd hit rock bottom. As soon as I had a complete novella, I hit the shops. I’m now unwinding with a Westons premium cider. Ah. Such luxury.
After the uncertainty starting this project (I lost some time trying to find a snazzier title that worked for everyone,) I’m very pleased with the way it turned out. My lovely CP, Zaz, has been an absolute rock, seeing me through and dealing with my panics and insecurities. She has the patience of a saint, and I don’t know what I'd do without her. I’m expecting revisions, but I’m dying to know what my editor will think of it. It’s kind of exploded all over the place since she bought it. Hmmm. LOL
I did some things I hadn’t done before. One was the length. 40K. I’d never written that length before, so it was like walking into the wilderness not knowing where I was going to pop out. I plotted to account for it, but still felt very unsure. As it happens, I got exactly the right number of pages, by lucky chance. Weird. One of the other things I tried was to have a roller coaster first two chapters, where the action never let up through 3 long scenes – in a kind of non-stop erotic cabaret stylee. ;-)
I’m in the drained stage right now, but very soon I know I’ll want to party to burn it off, which is just as well because we’ve got a few events coming up over the next three weeks. Music, club nights, catching up with friends. Woohoo. Well timed. I’m actually taking a whole two days off writing, this weekend! Of course, I’ve got two short stories I want to finish before then... (cue manic laughter....)