mainly sunny, warm (but not hot) - 25
Perfect summer day - almost no humidity, and lovely temp...25 is about 75, I think. Warm, but, as I said, not hot. And sure not the heat many have suffered the last few days!
And now - my big news -
I finished the first draft of book 9!!!! God, it feels like I just barely staggered across the finish line - and I think the last couple of chapters are a little ragged....but there and done. And there will be many more drafts.....but the main work is done. The characters, the plot, the main structure.
I feel when I've finished the first draft the work on the book is about 75 percent done. Now I'll take a few weeks off - and start in on the second draft. That should take a few weeks. Scary, because of the changes and decisions...and the fear that the first draft really is a pile of piping merde. But, as always, once I get over the fear everything is easier. When the second draft is done, then I'm 90 percent there. Then, with luck, it's a matter of tuning, fine tuning, polishing.
I started this book at the beginning of March - when the snow was flying and the temperature was down to minus 15 C at times. And I finish in a heatwave - temps above 30 C.
I'm so glad it's finished, and I can ask Monsieur Gamache et al to go about their lives without me for a while. I need, now, to reconnect with my family and friends - and myself. I think I'll spend the next day or so staring into space - and sleeping. Feel like a damp cloth...and I think I look like one too. A dishrag, with bit of food attached. Exactly like Jane Austen, when she finished a book.
And on that lovely image, I leave you, to take a bath. And do some laundry. And become human again.
thank you for your company through it all. You really are the best!