Guess what! Okay, you’ll never guess. I’m so excited though. This is big news. HUGE!
Today, I finally finished writing Grand & Epic Adventures, the novel I started in 2012 for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).
It’s taken me FIVE YEARS, but I finally finished it!
Mum has done some amazing illustrations for it, and so has my son, and I’m going to submit it to Blurb for printing before their sale ends on Wednesday. If it arrives in time (fingers crossed!), my kids and my nephew will finally get to read it on Christmas Day.
I can’t believe I’ve actually finished it! Five years! Ha ha! I’m almost giddy. I was busy writing the last chapter today while my mum and son were working on the drawings, and I’ve just finished it. Squee! I did it!
It’s nine chapters, plus two bonus ‘prequel’ short stories that I wrote for a NaNoWriMo prep challenge on Writing.com in 2012 that I’m going to include. The nine chapters are 33,827 words, and the short stories are 834 and 549 words, so 35,210 words in total. I think that’s within the realm of normal for a chapter book aimed at (gifted) 11-13 year old children.
Of course, my son is now 16 (oops!) but better late than never, right?
Anyway, I’m so happy. Partly because I can’t believe I actually finished a project for once.
PS. I’ll try to share the illustrations soon. They’re awesome, you’ll love them!