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14 March 2013 @ 10:05 pm
conversation with ted  

Me, worried: I’m at the climactic battle & I’m only 75k into the book.

Ted, phlegmatic: You’re at the end, Catie. It always takes you until the third draft to get the end right.

Me: But I don’t know if I’ve got 20k of wrap-up!

Me, hours later: Oh, shit, I see what he was saying. It DOES always take me multiple drafts to get the end right & this whole book is The End. Riiiiiiight. Okay. No wonder this is so messed up.

I have, in fact, completed the climactic battle, and all that’s left is the wrap-up. I then have to go back and fix it significantly, because it’s going to come in at about 85K for this draft (which is unheard of: I never come in that short. *Never*.), but I believe Ted nailed it. The whole The End factor here is really bolloxing me up.

But at this stage, basically? The Walker Papers are, in effect, done.

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

 
 
 
irishkateirishkate on March 14th, 2013 09:14 pm (UTC)
Yay! Now I just have to wait through the drafts and rewrites and then the whole publishing industry stuff and all but... Yay!


Well done.
kitmizkit on March 15th, 2013 08:38 am (UTC)
I need to check with my editor, but last I knew the plan was to throw this into production really, really fast. It's supposed to be out in December, if all goes right.
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ex_rolanni on March 14th, 2013 09:45 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!

Passes scotch...and a hanky.
coraline73 on March 14th, 2013 09:49 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! (and, Wow)
HL Henriksonveilofgrace on March 14th, 2013 10:21 pm (UTC)
> Observes a moment of silence, both for the incredible accomplishment, and because a little voice inside is whispering, "noooooo..."
Hexeengel Liebeslied: UFhexeengel on March 14th, 2013 10:42 pm (UTC)
This.
Herefoxherefox on March 14th, 2013 10:25 pm (UTC)
Yay, because it's nice for a series to be done...so many go on forever.

Boo, because as much as I appreciate that fact I'm having an Oliver, "Please sir, can I have some more?" Moment
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on March 14th, 2013 11:32 pm (UTC)
Cue cheering! (And also, some weeping.) *passes brownies and the booze of your choice
Michellemsagara on March 15th, 2013 03:23 am (UTC)
A) Congrats!!!

B) Ted is smart :)
The One and Only: Atta Girltechnocowboy on March 15th, 2013 04:03 am (UTC)
I will miss the holy glitter out of Joanne Walker, but she's had an *amazing* run. Thank you for bringing her into my (and so many others'!) life.
Geek of Weird Shit: sensualgows on March 15th, 2013 04:43 am (UTC)
Wow. End of an era.
Trent the Uncatchableknappenp on March 15th, 2013 02:47 pm (UTC)
Gee, what will you do with all of your free time once this series is done? (I'm joking. Please don't hit me.)
kitmizkit on March 15th, 2013 02:53 pm (UTC)
I'm too tired to hit you, or I would. :)

I have to write the Spirit of the Century novel. Then I have to finish my nephew's books. A workaholic's work is never done...