Monday, July 07, 2008

Pens down, heads up

I've finished another novel. No balloons, no Sale of the Century streamers descending from the ceiling, no fanfare. Just a dual sigh of relief - mine and Martin's. (He is always relieved when I finish a novel, don't know why, I am an absolute pleasure to live with while I'm writing.)

It is drifting in that no-man's land now, where the email and attachment has been sent but there's no one in the office to take possession of it yet. It has no title (it's working title is Ruby-lee, which is the name of the main character), but it does have a beginning, a middle and, my favourite, an end. It appears to have a story, a quite pleasing shape, and a teeming populous of characters, all of whom I love, even the dastardly Spence. I already feel a bit sad to leave them to their own fortunes (I will stop feeling sad when it comes back to me to be fixed - at the moment it is perfectly whole, soon all its springs will go sproing and little nuts and bolts and random screws that never seem to fit back in will scatter over the floor.)

But for now it is done. It is done.

No time to pause, tomorrow, back to all my beginnings and see what can be finished next, posthaste.


  1. Well done Penni. Have some champagne at the very least.

    How fab that there's a Ruby. :) Have I told you that my Ruby has decided she's prefer to be "Elizabeth" (which is her third name - Ruby Iris Elizabeth), because it is "a much prettier name"? *sigh*

    Enjoy the weird "in between" feelings.

  2. She has so many lovely names to choose from, she can just keep swapping around. Then it's just like you have three daughters. Maybe we should borrow Ruby if she's not using it and give it to Fred, because she feels Very Deprived at not having a middle name. Actually, now I think about it, it goes very well with Una Pearl.

  3. Very well done. I love that feeling. Good for you. Look forward to seeing you next week.

  4. well done! that must be an amazing feeling.

  5. Anonymous3:12 PM

    Well you truly are a writing machine Penni - congratulations!
    Indulge in some bubbly and a little rest.
    You will need it to gear up for the re-writing stage/s to come.
    Enjoy the calm while it lasts...

  6. Anonymous7:09 PM

    Congrats Penni, well done xx (It's me, Kate H, I can't remember my password!)

  7. Thanks everyone, champy booked in for tonight.