Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Ladies And Gentlemen, I Have Written A Book


I finished my first book last night. It took three years and three drafts to reach this point. I earned a Master's Degree in less time. I wore braces for even less. In fact, I spent fewer days as a middle school student. That puts things in perspective. Those were some pretty long days.

This last draft was the first I completed ahead of schedule. It is now in the hands, or soon will be, of my first tier of readers. I'm relaxing until their feedback arrives.

The feeling of extra time has me pretty buzzed. When I leave work today, I'm not rushing to a bookstore or coffee shop, and that's a liberating feeling. I'm taking my time at dinner and avoiding indigestion. I hardly remember what proper digestion feels like. I hope my body has the sensation stored in some archive.

I'm looking forward to catching up on blogs, tackling my TBR list, and checking in with friends. Some days at the pool are in order. And I'll be taking my time in the gym. No more rushing could mean no more neck injuries. We will see.

I want to thank everyone who stuck around for this journey. Your support keeps me motivated and holds me accountable. Without you, I would have an easier time walking away without a finished product. I don't like letting people down, and I don't like setting a bad example. I look forward to the day I can share my work with you.

Thanks to my good friend Josh Harris for writing and recording his song FIND MY WAY. I looped it over 100 times while revising the last chapter. It locked me in the zone.

In other news, how did I just learn THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER was made into a movie? Who wants to join me on September 21? 

And how am I feeling about everything? I think this sums it up:

10 comments:

  1. I really want to see the movie, too. I wish we could see it together! And I didn't know Paul Rudd was playing his teacher. :)

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  2. So happy for you, friend! I knew you could do it! I can't wait for my chance to read it and for you to share it with the world. Enjoy your time right now, soon it will be time for more editing and/or book 2! Writers rock but rarely rest;)

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  3. Paul that is awesome! Congratulations. Takes me forever to finish a book so I know the feeling.

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  4. Congrats! Love that song btw.

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  5. Congrats, Paul! That is totally awesome.

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  6. Feel free to watch Big Brother 14 guilt-free this summer! I know I will. :-D

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  7. I'm so glad for you. It feels so wonderful to finish the book.

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  8. congrats, buddy! glad to hear you've reached the end of this journey.

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  9. Congratulations my friend! I doubt there is anyone out there that deserves to enjoy this 'holiday' as much as you ..!

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  10. So, obviously, I'm really far behind on things. I think I gave my congrats on FB, but I can't remember. So congrats!! Enjoy the time. I can't wait to see it on shelves. :)

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