23 December, 2011

I Finished My Novel! (And Other Random Stuff)

At 74,696 words, my NaNoWriMo novel is DONE.

It's my third completed project of the year, and that includes the first story I ever actually finished. I also made a new personal record: one full-length novel in 53 days, of which over 50k was for NaNoWriMo.

Right now, I'm just going to be relieved I finished the project, and I'll worry about rewrites and eliminating the word-vomit and so forth in 2012. Not just because I need some time for the novel to stew, but because I'm afraid I got a bit sick of the plot and characters by the end . . . not to mention the setting. The setting's a disaster.

But it's done, after all. Goodbye, novel, until next time!


In other news, today is my birthday.

So, have I accomplished things in the last year? Yes. Have I done as much as I'd hoped to do? I met some of my goals, didn't meet others. Overall, though, I'd say it was a pretty good year.

And now another one's about to swing around . . .


Have you seen The Hobbit trailer yet?

Sigh. I'd say I hope December 2012 comes fast, but then the year will rush by and I'll regret it. :P


Finally, I'd like to wish all of you a Happy Holidays, whatever it may be that you celebrate. Have a wonderful end-of-December and a joyous new year, everyone!

-----The Golden Eagle


Michael Offutt, Supra-Genius said...

Happy Birthday.
Congratulations on finishing your novel. I can't wait to read it.

Have a Merry Christmas. And yes...I love the Hobbit trailer.

Christine Rains said...

Have a happy, happy birthday! And congratulations on finishing your novel. That's awesome! :) Have a wonderful Christmas and a great new year.

Sofia said...

Happy birthday! Finishing your novel is one awesome birthday present. :) Have a wonderful holiday season!

My novel, that I let sit while I worked on NaNo is begging to be picked up and worked on again. I really should probably return to my characters. :)

~The Dandy Lioness/Sofie

L.G.Smith said...

Wow, Happy Birthday, Merry Christmas, and Congratulations!!!

Francesca Zappia said...

Happy birthday, and congrats on finishing your book!

Anonymous said...

What L.G. Smith said. :-)

Colin Smith said...

Congratulations on finishing your novel... and HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Have a wonderful, relaxing Christmas. :)

Cherie Reich said...

Happy Birthday! Happy Holidays! And congrats on finishing your novel!

Old Kitty said...

Precious is back!!!!!!! Hooorah!!! Golden Eagle I was DROOLING when I first saw this trailer and now I'm just slobbering! LOL!! Next Christmas! Good grief!!

In honour of the fact that one of the songs from the Hobbit was kept in the film, here is my song to you!



Hip hip hoooray!

And yay for finishing your novel!!

Take care

Belle said...

Happy Birthday! Congrats on finishing the novel. Fantastic!

Connie Keller said...

Congratulations on finished the novel--you rock!

I love the Hobbit trailer, but it's so hard to wait...

Have a blessed Christmas!

Connie Keller said...

And Happy Birthday!

Richard said...

Double congratulations; happy holidays and 2012.

C D Meetens said...

Happy Birthday! I hope you're doing something fun. Also, well done for finishing your novel. I can't believe it's your third completed project of the year! That's amazing.

I saw the trailer for "The Hobbit" for the first time earlier today. It looks amazing!

Happy Holidays to you too :).

Nancy Thompson said...

Well, congrats on your latest novel, as well as the others. Happy birthday! And Happy holidays!

Pat Hatt said...

Congrats on getting it done. Now time for the dreaded redo part..haha

Happy Birthday too and holidays and all that fun stuff.

Trisha said...

ohhh, happy birthday to you!! I hope it was a wonderful day! :)

Congrats on the novel! I have yet to finish either of my NaNo novels, but I'm doing that in 2012 ;) For now I'm trying to finish my first revision on 2010's NaNo novel. And get the last of my Chrysalis short stories done. hehe

Merry Christmas & HAppy New Year to you :) x

Marlena Cassidy said...

Congratulations on completing your novel! Hopefully, when you go back to it, you'll like it a bit more and you can fix whatever little problems you find.

And happy birthday!

Happy Holidays!

Carol Kilgore said...

Congratulations on completing your novel!

Happy Birthday!!

Merry Christmas!!!

Did I forget anything?

McKenzie McCann said...

Happy birthday!

Congratulations on finishing the novel. Have a good holiday.

Sarah Pearson said...

Congratulations and Happy Birthday little bird :-)

Carrie Butler said...

Congratulations, Eagle, and Happy Birthday! :)

Nicole MacDonald said...

Congrats! That's not an easy task and makes you part of a special small percentage of people who actually succeed at NaNoWriMo :) And Happy Birthday & Happy Holidays!

Deborah Walker said...

Jappy Birthday. Hey, cool typo. And a thousand congratulations for finishing the novel.

the writing pad said...

Massive congrats on finishing your novel - hope you had a wonderful birthday! Happy Holidays to you too - and all the very best for 2012 :-)

Elaine AM Smith said...

Congratulations on finisssshing your manuscript. Good luck with the revisions. Happy Birthsssday ;) Can you tell how much I loved promo of The Hobbit :D

Paul Tobin said...

Wow-amazing hard work. Well done for finishing your novel, any chance of reading it? Happy Birthday for the 23rd- you share a birthday with my late father. Hope it was good one. Seasons Greetings.

JeffO said...

That's quite a list of accomplishments - congratulations, happy birthday, happy holidays!

Arlee Bird said...

Congratulations on the novel--I'm sure you'll work it out fine.

And a Happy Birthday to you!

Wrote By Rote

Marieke said...

Happy birthday! Congrats with finishing your novel, that's awesome! <3

Rek said...

Happy birthday and a wonderful gift you have given yourself. Happy holidays. :)

Stuart Nager said...

Happy Belated Birthday!! Congrats, too, on finishing the first draft. Let it sit, go do your holiday stuff, and you'll come back to it refreshed after the New Year.

Have a great holiday week.

Amy Jarecki said...

I guess I'm a day late, but Happy Birthday, and awesome news about your novel. I know after a break, you will be psyched to get back into it. I have two more chapters and I'll be done with my 5th!


Elliot Grace said...

...plenty to celebrate! There is no better feeling than experiencing that moment of completion, of dotting the final period, on the very last sentence.

Congrats Eagle ;)


Li said...

Happy birthday, Happy Holidays to you too, and a great New Year!! :-))

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Belated happy birthday! And you gave yourself a finished novel - the perfect gift.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on finishing your novel and happy belated birthday!

Kainja said...

Congrats on the novel. And happy holidays.

The Golden Eagle said...

Michael: Thank you! :)

I'm not sure it will ever be published . . . but I do plan on rewriting/editing it at some point, so hey, you never know.

Thanks! Merry Christmas to you, too.

Christine: Thank you.

I hope you do, too. :)

Sofia: It was. :D

Thank you!

Good luck with your novel.

L.G.: Thank you! :)

Francesca: Thank you so much!

David: Thanks. :)

Colin: Thanks!

Same to you!

Cherie: Thank you. :)

Old Kitty: It feels so far away from now!

Aw, thank you so much! :D

Belle: Thanks!

Connie: Thank you!

I know. Argh.

Merry Christmas! :)

Richard: Thanks!

Happy Holidays. :)

C D: Thanks!

I cannot wait to see it . . . well, I'll have to, obviously, but I don't want to. :P

Thank you. :)

Nancy: Thank you! :D

Pat: LOL. Yeah, I'm not looking forward to that so much.


Trisha: I did have a good birthday. :)

Good luck finishing your NaNoWriMo novels, revisions, and Chrysalis short stories! That sounds like a lot of writing!

Thank you!

Marlena: Thanks! :)

Hopefully--I think I will, but I need some space before I can go back to the story.

The Golden Eagle said...

Carol: Thank you! :)

LOL. I suppose I did pack a bit much into this post . . .

McKenzie: Thank you!

I hope you have a great holiday, too.

Sarah: Thanks. :)

Carrie: Thanks!

Nicole: Thank you! :D

Deborah: Definitely a cool typo. :)


The writing pad: Thank you. :)

Elaine: Thanksssesss. ;)

Paul: Thanks!

Well, maybe . . . it probably won't be published, but I do plan on rewriting/editing the story, and potential could emerge. :)

I did have a good birthday.

Happy Holidays!

JeffO: Thank you! :D

Arlee: Thanks!

Marieke: Thank you. :)

Rek: Thank you!

Stuart: Thanks! :)

I'm planning on tackling some major writing projects in the new year; hopefully the end of December will let me recharge.

You too!

Amy: Thank you.

Good luck with your novel! Sounds like you're really close to the end. :)

Elliot: Nope, there isn't; I love finishing a project, though sometimes I'm sad to let go . . .


Li: Thank you!

Happy New Year!

Alex: Thanks. :)

It did sweeten up the day--not that it was bad to start out with, by a long shot.

Medeia: Thank you. :D

Kainja: Thanks!

Happy Holidays to you as well!

Mary said...

Happy Birthday and congrats on finishing your novel.

Hope you have a wonderful day and a Merry Christmas!

Donna K. Weaver said...

Whoa! Congratulations on finishing your NaNo project. And you've completed three books this year? Go, you!

And Happy Belated Birthday.

Have a great holiday. With that project done, you deserve some time off.

farawayeyes said...

Day late and a dollar short, but Happy Birthday anyway.

A BIG Giant WOO HOO on the finished NaNo project.

Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year.

LynNerdKelley said...

Wow, sounds like you've had an awesome, prolific year, Golden Eagle! I hadn't seen that trailer yet. Can't wait to see the movie. It looks fantastic! Merry Christmas and Happy, happy New Year to you and your family!

LynNerdKelley said...

P.S. And happy belated birthday!

laughingwolf said...

merry xmas, ge :)

hope your b'day as superb!

grats on all the completions, too

Deepali said...

Happy belated birthday! :)
Thanks for the Hobbit trailer, I've been meaning to watch it.

Congrats on finishing your novel! Have a wonderful new year ahead.
-Dee from e-Volving Books

Mary Mary said...

Happy belated birthday and Happy Holidays to you!

The Golden Eagle said...

Mary: Thank you!

I hope you're having a great Christmas day. :)

Donna: Thanks!

Yup, three; I didn't expect to, but once I started my NaNoWriMo project I figured I might as well try for it.

Thanks--hope you're enjoying your holiday as well!

Farawayeyes: Thank you. :)

Happy Holidays!

LynNerdKelley: It has been a good year--at least writing-wise.

Thanks! :D

Laughingwolf: Thank you!

I did have a good birthday. :)

Deepali: Thank you.

You're very welcome! :)

I hope you do, too!

Mary: Thank you! :)

Donna Hole said...

Oh, happy birthday hon :) Yes, I'm anxious to see The Hobbit too. I'm watching LOTR today b/c the trailer has given me a tast for the world.

Congratulations on completing so many of your goals this year. I look forward to reading more of your goals and accomplishments in the coming year :)


Brian said...

Oh no, I missed your birthday, Happy Belated Birthday to you! And have yourselves a Merry little Christmas!

Shannon Lawrence said...

Congratulations on finishing the NaNoWriMo novel! And a belated Happy Birthday!

I'm excited for The Hobbit, but I'm hoping this year will be so great that I won't want to speed right through it.

Pearson Report said...

Belated Birthday Wishes - I hope it was a wonderful day, full of good cheer, plenty of friends around and lots of presents.

Also...Merry Christmas, dear Eagle. I hope it's a happy continuation of the festivities from your birthday.

Hugs, Jenny


Murees Dupé said...

Congratulations on finishing your first novel. That is a great achievement. Also...Happy Birthday and I really wish you all of the best during the festive season. Most importantly, I really hope you enjoy it.

Beth said...

Congratulations and happy birthday!

Misha Gericke said...

Happy birthday to you!

And a big congrats on finishing your book.

Hope you had a great Christmas.


Rachel Morgan said...

Happy belated birthday! And congratulations on finishing a novel in only 53 days - that's quite impressive!
Happy Christmas for yesterday!

DeniseCovey_L'Aussie said...

Hey Golden, Happy Birthday! And great that you finished your novel! I'm still plugging away at NaNo novel no 3. Must be past 70+ now and more to go and lots to edit out!

2012's going to be a great writing year for us I'm sure.

Have a great holiday!

Happy Happy New Year to you!


Melissa Bradley said...

Happy belated Birthday!!! Mine was on the 15th and this last year has just been a weird roller coaster. Ah well on to 2012.

Hope you had wonderful holidays and a huge, HUGE congratulations on finishing your novel. That is awesome!

Shelley said...

It's very late, but Happy Birthday Golden Eagle! And congrats on finishing your novel! :)

Alyssa Kirk said...

I'm late, but happy birthday! 3 novels in one year? That's incredible! Congrats! Have a happy New Year!

The Golden Eagle said...

Donna: Thank you!

I should rewatch LOTR sometime . . .

Thanks! I hope to read more about your writing exploits as well. :)

Brian: Thank you!

I hope you had a great Christmas!

Shannon: Thanks! :)

That would be nice.

Jenny: Thanks--I did have a good birthday. :)

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

Murees: Thank you for the holiday wishes!

Beth: Thanks. :D

Misha: Thank you!

Hope you did, too. :)

Rachel: Thanks!

I hope you had a great Christmas!

Denise: Thanks. :)

Good luck with your NaNoWriMo novel! That's a lot of words.


You too!

Melissa: I hope 2012 goes more smoothly for you . . . roller coasters can be fun sometimes, but they're awfully unpredictable.

Thank you! :)

Shelley: Thanks. :)

Alyssa: Thank you!

Happy New Year to you as well.

Anonymous said...

Big congrats on the finish! Color me extremely jealous. I did the 50K for NaNo and have only done 3K since. Crazy ass busy month.

catherinemjohnson.wordpress.com said...

Congrats on finishing your novel and hope you had a great birthday and Christmas.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, and happy birthday!

Over at the Kelworth Files, I'm celebrating my 400th post, and have named you as one of my MVPs for all your great comments! Thanks so much!

The Golden Eagle said...

Joshua: Thank you! :)

Hope you get a break from all the busyness in January--though with the new year, I guess that might not be too likely.

Catherine: Thanks. :)

Hope you had a wonderful holiday!

Kelworthfiles: Thank you!

Really?! I'm heading over to check it out--thank YOU so much. :)