I know it sounds like I barely started this novel, but that is only an optical allusion. I post on this blog once a week, and sometimes my inspiration for three or four posts come on the same day. Which frees up some time…
So I finished up the rough draft, and am now officially resting. Well, truth be told, I’m officially getting over the flu, but the flu was fantastically timed. If I had to get sick, there is no better time than just after a rough draft is complete and I have to rest before doing any more work anyway.
When I get sick, I normally do so with style. I don’t just get a sniffle, I go down for the count. This flu was no exception, but it did have the silver lining of having excellent timing. So I got to watch Netflix, nap and surround myself with wadded tissues guilt-free. Not once did I try to write “just one scene” only to have to delete it later because my fever-induced creativity was not to be trusted. 😉
I did, however, forget I was cooking and almost burn down my kitchen, but I don’t think we need to dwell on that. My kitchen survived. My family survived. My husband begged me to stay away from the stove until I was feeling better. The moral of that story is to make sure you always have a working fire extinguisher in your kitchen. No joke.
And now the next step is editing, and as I type this, I’m not quite ready to start that step yet. I need a few more days away from my story before I’ll have any perspective at all. So I’m hacking and coughing, and cheerfully recuperating from my terrifically timed flu.