Friday, 12 March 2010

Light at the End

Something amazing happened yesterday.  I knew at the beginning of the week that I was nearing the end of my novel, the one I have been writing on and off for the past two years.  The one in which I have fictionalised my own paranormal experiences, seeing them through Camilla's eyes.  I have lived her life, thought her thoughts, created her from my own imagination.  I have felt as if I owned her, as if she answered only to me.  I have visualised actors playing the parts of characters, Martin Shaw as the Reverand Oakley, Robson Green as Michael all verging on a complete fantasy of which I have seen played out before my eyes.

But yesterday I realised that I had reached the light which marked the end of my work in progress.  I had said everything that needed to be said, got to the point where stretching out the novel for the sake of length would have been wrong and most likely spoilt the whole effect.  And so I closed the file and finished it.  I haven't typed the words, "The End" because I am sure there will be much to add, and too much to subtract.  I have put my little memory sticks on which the book is saved, into a drawer and locked it.  After the lambing I will open that drawer and begin the editing process which I know will be hard, but will mean another step nearer to presenting it for potential publication.  I suspect finding a publisher will be the most difficult part, but for now I shall enjoy achieving my goal of writing my paranormal novel.

And so, in order to celebrate this achievement, I am giving away three copies of a children's book which I wrote myself and self-published.  The book, Adventures at Aaron Loch Farm, is a compilation of children's stories which I wrote a few years ago.  It's nothing fancy, but all my own work, including the book cover picture.  But I'm proud of it, because it was the first book I had published, albeit by myself.  I shall write all commenters names on a separate piece of paper then ask Amy to draw out three at random.  I'm more than happy to post anywhere in the world.  And if I get lots of comments I shall increase this giveaway to five copies, but if you would rather not receive a copy and you still want to leave a comment, just say, I won't in the least bit be offended.  You know me, I love my comments.  CJ xx

74 comments:

  1. That's a great achievement. Well done you. I am halfway through mine and see it as my way out eventually!

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  2. wow well done you! Finished! I've contemplated writing a novel for years, but keep changing my mind as to what it should be about, so I've never got further than the first paragraph LOL. Good luck on your editing and then publishing. I'd love to read it.

    Yay for you, give yourself a pat on the back.

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  3. Congratulations!

    Finished my first all-by-myself novel on December 31, 2009 and will have put it away for 3 months before starting revisions (i.e. revisions start April 1st) - hope that's long enough to forget most of it and see it with a new pair of brains. *g*

    Keep it up!

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  4. Wow, well done you and I can't wait till it's all done so I can read it as am very inteagued about reading it sounds just my thing!!! Good luck when you get to editing it! xx

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  5. It's wonderful to come to an end, and even better to know you're there! I can't imagine embarking on a novel, much less wrapping it up. Brava!

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  6. I would very much love a free copy of this book. Count me in. And congrats :].

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  7. I hate to finish reading a book, never mind writing one, i get too attached to the characters and they never get finished. lol. Well done, a huge step on the road to being published.
    Sal. X

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    PLEASE. WILL YOU BE MY BLOG'S REGULAR READER??? I AM 13 YRS OLD AND REALLY NEED TO IMPROVE.......
    SO PLEASE BE MY BLOG'S REGULAR READER AND TELL HOW WELL I HAVE WRITTEN

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  9. Oh what a feeling that must be for you! Good for you knowing when it is time to stop.
    Now, on to lambing - that little one in your header is so adorable!

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  10. Woohoo, well done. We would love to receive your children book. I am sure the boys would love it and can relate to the farm.

    Hope lambing is OK and congratualtions again

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  11. So happy for you Kathryn..well done. What an accomplishment. I would love to be entered into your book giveaway!

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  12. Well done on finishing the book CJ, that really is great news. Hope lambing and the subsequent editing go just as well:) Would love to be part of the draw for the childrens book, thanks:) Jen.

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  13. woohoo congrats! put me in the drawing!

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  14. Woo! Still excited for you that you've finished your book and just know I'll be first in line at your local book launch!!

    Yeay!

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  15. wow. that must be the most satisfying feeling in the world, completing your book. congratulations!

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  16. I just linked to you in a meme on my blog...xx

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  17. Congrats on finishing your book (almost) I think it will be a very interesting read, I think finding a publisher is going to be a real toughie!

    I had some poetry published once, which was nice :)

    Please enter us for your childrens book :)

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  18. Yahhh!! I want to open a bottle of champagne for you!
    You must be feeling so at peace now.
    Can't wait to read it!
    Oh and tell Amy I'd really appreciate it if she'd pick my name. My kids love farm books and stories!

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  19. What a great feeling that must be - such an achievement. I envy you being able to do it - I just haven't got a "book in me", wouldn't know where to start, so I have a lot of admiration for what you have done. xx

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  20. Thank you so much for your kind comments. I guess I ought to increase the book giveaway to five copies!

    CJ xx

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  21. That is fantastic well done. I am about half way through mine, sometimes it feels like I will never get there. But good for you. I hope I get to read it someday. x

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  22. How wonderful for you!!! I am so excited and if you do get published I will be one of the first to buy your book. Please enter me into your giveaway and congratulations. You have done what I have only dreamt of doing; written a novel!

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  23. Well done you! Great achievement, bet you can't wait to edit and publish? Best of luck with it.

    Gary

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  24. That is absolutely wonderful! Congratulations - and of course I'd love to be entered into your giveaway!

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  25. What a divine moment, when that happens. Good to get away from it while lambing and then going back to editing. But well done you.

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  26. Congratulations! What a wonderful milestone in your life! I'm just at the starting poing of writing a book and can only imagine how long it is going to take... Best Wishes!
    Shelley
    http://iamstillstandingafterallthistime.blogspot.com/

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  27. I am absolutley delighted for you, what a feeling when u publish your first book, many many happy times ahead:)

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  28. Well done for finishing your book, that's fantastic! Can't wait to read it x

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  29. Congratulations on finishing your first draft! Great feeling, isn't it?

    I don't have children, so if my name gets drawn out, please send the book to someone who has instead.

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  30. Awesome job! I would love to actually write a book, but am much too lazy to actually do it!

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  31. Well done to you!
    I'm sure there's an element of loss too- I saw a clip on last night's news here that James Joyce's "Finnegan's Wake" has been re-written, and the guy who headed the project was very emotional speaking about his loneliness at letting the project finish.
    How do you feel?

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  32. Well done on getting to "the end" even though you have a lot of edit work ahead of you.
    Yes, please include me in your prize draw (and do the draw now whilst the odds on winning are still okay!!!).

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  33. I love your writing! I followed you on Network Blogs, but can't figure out how to follow you on google. Anyway, just so you know. Congratulations on finishing your book.

    God Bless!

    PJ (I'm here from BlognTweet)

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  34. Wonderful news, CJ! I am so glad to hear it. I would love to read the children's books. I'll bet they're fantastic! :)

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  35. What an achievement. Well done.

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  36. Thats fantastic news, well done you must be so proud, im sure you will find a publisher and I cant wait to read it :) x

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  37. What a fantastic achievement! Congratulations! I'm having palpitations at writing a 9000 dissertation so you have my utmost respect!

    I would love to be entered into your competition, Sam loves books!

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  38. well done it sounds great i'd love to read it when you publish it xxx

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  39. Oh Crystal!

    Just plain happy for you! You know how I feel!

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  40. I am truly delighted for you. It must be such a wonderful feeling to have a completed manuscript.

    You will find a publisher, I just know you will.

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  41. That is an achievement! Good luck with the editing.

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  42. What an amazing achievement for you, congratulations, you are PUBLISHED!! My kids love books and I read to them every day...it's so important. Congratulations again xx

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  43. Well done CJ..

    You have done so well, getting to where you are.
    I would love to have a story of my own published, but adding that to everything I already have to do will probably result in a meltdown.

    Congratulations. xx

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  44. oh yay! that is so exciting congratulations (*.*)

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  45. Well done! I can't wait to read it x

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  46. Congratulations and good luck with the next part of the process....

    We would love to win a copy of your book (and also the little lamb you have in you picture lol).

    Congratulations again
    x

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  47. a post filled with pride and fun!

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  48. Well done, if nothing else this post has spurred me on to drag out my 'book' and continue. I'm way behind you and there's a whole mountain to climb but at least I've tied up my shoelaces :)

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  49. I just came to congratulate you on the completion of the book. How wonderful. I'm not entering the contest because I know how expensive it is to ship something to the States. xo

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  50. Love your header! He's so cute!
    You don't have to include me, its SO far...
    And you'll know when it's time for The End...I bet it's wonderful!!
    Happy weekend!!
    hughugs

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  51. Haha! 'If I get lots of comments' she says!!51 and counting...
    Take a look at Chris at 'Home Thoughts Weekly', if you haven't already have her on your list. She's on my blog list and has just had a book published..maybe helpful.Take care

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  52. Thank you for commenting on my blog and leading me to your lovely blog. How exciting to have finished a book. I really hope someone publishes it for you and look forward to hearing more about it. I would love a copy of your book as I'm sure my boys would enjoy it. Lottie -x-

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  53. Congratulations on finishing the book. You must have a huge sense of achievement. After writing a 20 000 word dissertation, I'd had enough, I couldn't contemplate writing a novel. Well done, you!

    PS I think my daughter would love your competition book, so please stick my name in the hat!

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  54. How fantastic! Congratulations on getting this far. Good luck with the editing and publishing!!
    I have just started writing my first childrens book, so I am really rather envious of you lol! I would love to see a copy of your childrens book - might give me inspiration :)
    Great blog!

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  55. Just as it is hard to finish a book you are enjoying reading, so it is equally hard to reach the end of a book you are writing. I find that with my own writing. There is always a bit more to say, isn't there. I wonder how many lambs you will have during this season?
    Please enter me in the draw for the children's book.
    Blessings, Star

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  56. Yes please, enter me into the draw!

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  57. well done CJ - go for it girl!!

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  58. I already have and love your children`s book! And I can`t wait to read your novel!!! If no publisher wants it, do it on your own again (blurb.com?), and I`ll send you the money as quick as lightning!

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  59. Congratulations, CJ! Well done, you, that really is great news.

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  60. Angela - I almost mentioned you in the blog post and forgot! I won't put your name in the hat if that's okay, I don't suppose you need two copies!

    Thank you so much for all these very supportive and encouraging comments. I hope you all realise that you have been part of my inspiration to write this book.

    Love CJ xx

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  61. Very good news indeed. Now comes the strict discipline of editing, I bet you can hardly wait for lambing to be finished.

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  62. You did it!! I'm so happy to hear this good news! I've always believed you can do it! I think your choice to write paranormal is a right path. Please edit your draft with all your might. Yes, you can do it too. I look forward to hearing about the completion of etiting from you!

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  63. Well done, CJ....good going :) Er...yeah...me, finished? I think I'm the only person, at least unpublished, who's tired of her publisher harassing her to give them the book :) I'm so blase it's starting to effect me :))

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  64. Congratulations Crystal! I have been waiting for you to say those words, and I shall be first in line to buy your book once it is published! I have great faith that you shall find a publisher.

    I had no idea you wrote children's books. What a treat, for so many children.

    So happy for you.

    XXXXXXX

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  65. Congratulations, how wonderful it must feel.

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  66. Wow! That is a fantastic achievement - best of luck with the editing :)

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  67. Congratulations. I can see why you'd want to put it to one side. Is a book ever 'finished', I wonder? Looking forward to reading it, that's for sure, and the children's book too, should I be lucky enough to win it. Happy Mothering Sunday, btw!

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  68. Congratulation! I know the feeling. BTW, I don't know if I've asked before but do you know the National Novel Writing Month? If you don't go take a look at their website www.nanowrimo.org. Each year in November, thousands of writers from all around the world participate. It's free and it's a lot of fun.

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  69. I would love to read your book. I wish I could write a book, but I have no imagination at all. But I do love to read !You are very talented. Keep up the good work ! Doris

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  70. Congratulations on finishing your book CJ. What a great sense of achievement that must bring. It sounds so interesting too. Please count me in on the draw for the children's book. A

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  71. Thats brilliant I'm really pleased you've finished it! xx

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