Today, I finally finished writing Grand & Epic Adventures, the novel I started in 2012 for NaNoWriMo.
It's taken me FIVE YEARS, but I finally finished it!
Mum has done some amazing illustrations for it, and so has Jayden, 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 Mum and Jayden 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 Writing.com's NaNoWriMo prep challenge 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, Jayden 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.