Monday, 17 October 2011


Well, here it is, my final draft, all 460 pages, 127,678 words of it.  I typed those beautiful words, T H E   E N D, about 4 o’clock on Sunday afternoon, and what a relief it was! 

This story, still untitled, has been nearly three years in the gestation, and the truth is that there have been times when I really wondered if I could write it.  So when I did get to the end, I fully expected to be elated, but although I was certainly enormously relieved, I was actually almost tearful as well. 

Tomorrow I’m having a biopsy and skin graft on my nose (ouch) which I’m not looking forward to very much.  On the other hand, I quite like the idea of lying down for a while.  I feel as if I’ve stumbled across the finishing line of a mammoth hurdle race, so intend to let myself be waited on hand and foot while I lie in bed and read (what bliss!) for a couple of days. 

Later in the week, I’ll take a deep breath and reread the entire manuscript.  I’ll do a bit of tweaking and polishing, but I’m not going to obsess about perfection at this stage, as I’m sure my editor will want to suggest some changes.  So it’s not over yet, but the biggest challenge and the last major deadline of the year has been met.  Talk about phew.

Oh, and I’ve done a lucky dip for winners of last week’s competition. Copies of Loving Our Heroes will be on their way to Bianca Herdin, Alaine Batty, Margie Stewart, Tora Williams and Laura Russell shortly (today if I have time to get to the post office).  I’ll be doing another contest about Loving Our Heroes in a week or so, so if you weren’t lucky this time, I’ll put you in the dip again!


  1. Hugs on the op - hope all goes well. And YAY for you for finishing!

  2. Thank you! That's given me a boost to start off my week.

    I hope all goes well with the op, and congratulations on finishing your novel.

  3. Jessica, my thoughts are with you for tomorrow-make the most of a couple of days rest. I just love the photograph of your completed mss-it's quite perfect!

    Thank you so much for the copy of Loving Our Heroes-a fabulous start to my week. margie stewart in NZ

  4. Ouch indeed! I hope nothing turns up in the biopsy for you.

    Congratulations on finishing your draft. It looks impressive. It also looks like it would make a great weapon. No one will want to disturb you while you're polishing it.

    Good luck with your operation!

  5. Well done, Jessica! Hope everything went well yesterday. Put your feet up and a moment to recover. You certainly deserve it.

  6. Ohhh poor you Jessica. Hope the biopsy went ok. Caroline x