I have been writing, in one way or another for most of my life. From little poems and stories when I was small, to longer fan fictions for my kid sister in my teen years. For the last ten years I have been working on an original series. I made it about 17 chapters in only to have it be destroyed (this was before online backups and external hard drives). Then, discovering that the plot line needed a lot of work anyway, I dove into intense research, plotting and outlining. By January I had outlined a trilogy. Earlier this year I sat down and put pin to paper (well, fingers to keyboard) with the goal of finishing book one before the years end.
As fall approached I had nearly 20K words, but it was nowhere near what I needed. Hoping for helpful push, I signed up for my very first NaNoWriMo. In 30 days I wrote 29k words. Again, it wasn't what I'd hoped for but it was amazing.
In the end, I didn't finish by New Years Eve, but on January 24th I finished my first novel. It was an experience I can't accurately describe. I cried. I felt like throwing up. I called everyone I could think of. It was relief, joy, fear, excitement, and so many other emotions all wrapped into one.
On January 29th I submitted that novel to Cupid's Literary Connection's Blind Speed Dating contest.
I will find out on February 12th if I have made it through round one.
To end this post, I have some "thank you"s:
To my sister Leslie - for being my biggest cheerleader.
To my best friend Sandy - for grounding me and making me work.
To Brad, Meg, Leigh Ann and sooooo many other friends - for helping me with things when I was stuck.
To Taryn Albright - for helping me with my query and always saying encouraging things.
That is all for now. I will update on the 12th when I find out whether or not I've moved to the next round. If so, I'll explain the next step in the contest. If not, I'll lay out my plans beyond that. :)