First Draft Done!
You read that title correctly, as I write this post at 3:00 am Sunday morning, I have finished the first draft of my first full length novel, a sequel to the award winning short story collection "Nightmare Noir".
It's been a long process, with many stops and starts. During this time, my life has had ups and downs, but throughout it all, I've had my eye on the finish line. I am by no means done with the book, I still have to type it up for my second draft (yes, I still write initially in a paper notebook) at which point, I'll have a better grasp of the length of the book, and if I'll need to expand anything.
Right now though, I'm very happy with the book. This probably means it sucks, but it's rare that I put that last punctuation, and am immediately happy with myself.
While I previously just said this is a sequel to "Nightmare Noir" (available here and here) it isn't so simple as that. This is one, novel length case, that takes place between two of the case short stories of "Nightmare". This fills in a crucial point left out of the previous book, and explains how Detective James S. Peckman progressed after the events of "Full Circle" and "Under the Hood of Winter".
What this also means, is that I have successfully completed another of my 2017 goals that I posted about here. This means I can officially check off two of the three items on my goals list. I have already failed in my third goal of getting an acceptance letter each quarter of the year, I'll be happy if I can get 4 total acceptances.
2017 can potentially be a banner year for my writing career, and the only thing that can stand in my way, is me.