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:
Posted by Paul Joseph