It’s a book!

Voyage of the Lanternfish is a book. Okay, officially it’s a draft, but spot me some of the emotion of finishing the damned thing for a day.

I could have easily finished yesterday. I was on a roll, but my wife got home from work, and with two more days off I wasn’t worried.

Some of you like to keep score, so it’s at 105, 503 words. This will likely go down in my editing phase. That makes for about 1500 words before I called my parents this morning.

My cool new monster did his job, and the pirates freed him to terrorize a small village somewhere. I think his abilities are pretty cool, and hope my readers will too.

In typical fantasy fashion, the girl is rescued, the enemy is smited smitten, and the ship is sailing over the horizon.

I also managed to shave the girl’s head because of lice, and embarrassed the captain a bit in front of his men.

Now it needs to rest. It goes in the fermenter for at least two weeks while I regroup and work on other things. Then I can start those editing passes. I’m sure the Raven of Doubt is already circling over the writing cabin in anticipation.

I dropped a couple of scenes, because I believe in short denouements. One involved the discovery of a sea battle gone wrong, and another involved a chipped tooth from blowing a conch shell horn. That was a minor character, and he hasn’t earned the page time.

I assembled an upcoming Lisa Burton Radio interview, then got it scheduled. I followed that up by writing a shtick for another one and got it sent to the author. Lisa still needs guests, so if you’re interested drop me a line. I’m working into September right now.

I think I’m done today. I’m up tomorrow at Story Empire, and may write a companion piece to that post over here tomorrow night. If I do, I’ll link to SE from here.

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47 responses to “It’s a book!

  1. CONGRATS!!! Enjoy the moment. When edits start, life gets real again:)

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  2. There is nothing like the feeling of finishing a book, even in first draft stage. Congratulations. Sounds like it’s time for a beer!

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  3. Congratulations on the draft, Craig. It was interesting being with you as you described your challenges and successes. Can’t wait to read it.

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  4. Congrats! Always a good feeling to finish that first draft.

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  5. Congratulations, Craig! Best wishes…

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    > coldhandboyack posted: “Voyage of the Lanternfish is a book. Okay, > officially it’s a draft, but spot me some of the emotion of finishing the > damned thing for a day. I could have easily finished yesterday. I was on a > roll, but my wife got home from work, and with two more days o” >

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  6. Huzzah! Congrats on the bouncing book.

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  7. Reblogged this on Where Genres Collide and commented:
    Congrats, Craig! For a writer, it’s always wonderful to finish your story!

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  8. Well Congratulations! 😀 105k! Woot!

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  9. Congratulations, Craig. Over 100 000 words, go you. It sounds awesome.

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  10. harmonykent

    Congratulations, Craig! That’s fantastic! It sounds great 🙂

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  11. Woohoo!!! Congratulations!

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  12. *Singing like Irene Cara* “What a feeeeeling!”

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  13. Doing my happy dance. Congratulations, Craig!

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  14. Congratulations on hitting ‘The End’. 😀

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  15. Congratulations, Craig!!!

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  16. Congrats, Craig! Such a feeling of accomplishment – before you have to roll up the sleeves and start editing.

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    • I’m trying to peck out the framework of some blog tour posts while it’s all fresh. I can go back and flesh them out later once I figure out what people might want. I’ll also have to change some of them for visits from Lisa Burton. Those are always popular too.

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  17. Congratulations, Craig! Finishing the first draft is one of the hardest things to do and a huge accomplishment, so you deserve a big pat on the back for doing a great job. 😀 xx

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