It's my office! It'll even have a door someday!
I foresee lots of writerly angst coming from this room...
So. Yesterday I finished my novel. Five years, five drafts, and three different endings. Three apartments, one upgrade to Windows 10, and one seriously unruly surprise character. Countless understanding friends. And nine notebooks full of…well, notes.
I have to admit, I'm pretty ridiculously proud. It may not be the fastest-written book ever, but it's all mine, ripped out of my brain and my soul and my cat's playtime. I learned to write using speech recognition for this. I learned to be a morning person for this. I drank a hell of a lot of tea for this.
It's now in the hands of my beta readers. I hope they love it. I hope someday 10 bajillion more people will love it, too.
But if they don't, it doesn't matter. Because I love it. It's the thing I've been wanting to make for my entire life.
I think I'll go make another.
Writing is a rather solitary pursuit, but thanks to technology it doesn't have to be lonely. My friends and I have started a group message on Facebook in which we distract each other from work all day. It's great fun, and it helps keep me sane while I'm home alone writing about imaginary people and imaginary monsters and their imaginary problems in an imaginary world.
All of us had tickets to go see The Force Awakens together on Sunday. Two days before, the day the movie came out (we couldn't get tickets for that day, SAD FACE), we had a white elephant party. Excited by our weekend, we were having difficulty getting anything done at work. so we started bombarding each other with pictures of our coffee/tea mugs. I think they tell a fun little story about our personalities and work environments.
"Yes, boss, I swear we're working really hard today!"
(Mug owners, clockwise from Wonder Woman: Andrew--physical therapy person; me--writer person; Katy--tax analyst person; Zac--lawyer person; Kris--public relations/still-unclear-what-he-does person; Kat--field communications person)