That title, The End, conjures a few images in my head. Especially now when 2009 is quickly drawing to a close.
The end of the year.
It's been a good one for me.
My sister gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, her third child, second son.
My other sister, ten years my junior is pregnant with her second child. She wants a girl (cross your fingers)
My own children are healthy, thank God for that and I've been blessed, so far because they are also good kids. The pesemist in me says, so far. They're teenagers, 16 and 13 and I'm always wondering when they might start acting out, dye their hair green, peirce something, open a Meth lab in the basement.
But...So far, so good. No green hair, no nose, navel or tongue peircings, and thankfully, no Meth.
I have a wonderful family, sweet, funny, children, a devoted, loving husband and for that I am truly thankful.
To me, The End also means this...
I FINISHED MY SECOND NOVEL!!
Five years ago I came up with the idea for this novel. I started it like I do all of my books, with eagerness and excitement. But then in true Tamara form, the story fell by the wayside after another idea popped into my mind. So after only a few months of writing, I set aside my novel and started another.
A few times over the five years I revisited Sophie White (my heroine). I'd write a page or two, maybe a chapter and much to my critique partner's chagrin, I'd go weeks without handing anything in for them to read. I'd bounce back and forth, working on two or three novels at a time, not really putting much effort into finishing any of them.
For those of you who know me, I've mentioned this many times. 9 partially finished manuscripts languish in the darkest corners of my laptop's electronic brain.
So in September I decided that was enough. I'm going to finish Sophie White and enter her in the Golden Heart.
Half done, I was sure I could make the deadline.
I missed the date without really having tried hard to make it.
I was so close though, more than half finished. So I decided to keep plugging along and complete the novel for GRW's finish the book contest.
I wrote everyday for 2 weeks. I even turned off the TV for hours and hours. (I have the TV on in the house even when I'm not watching. I'm a shameless boob tube lover)
The final week before the Georgia Romance Writer's annual Christmas party I shifted into high gear and wrote 115 pages in 4 days.
And then I actually did it. I finished Sophie White, a book I truly love, with characters I truly adore.
2009 is coming to an end, but I'm excited. 2010 will be a brand new year. Full of goals and hopes and dreams that I plan on fulfilling. In those last four days before the GRW party I showed myself, proved to myself, that I can do it. I can finish something.
Sure I finished one novel before, but I'd always thought of it as just a fluke. But it wasn't. This second completed manuscript is next in line, number 2. One of many to come.
The words, The End don't have to be negative.
They can be positive too.
Like with the end of 2009. January first will brings with it the birth of a new year and the bright future it holds for each one of us.
And of course the end of a novel brings closure, accomplishment and true joy.
Meet 2010 with open arms. Look at this new year as the beginning of something amazing so that you too will be able to write...The End.
Thank you so much for stopping by.
Keep writing, keep dreaming and keep doing your very best.
Have a brilliant, productive day,