I estimate another 4 scenes and Pirouette will be finished. It’s exhilerating and a little scary to be this close to the end.
It will still need some work before I start doing the agent rounds, but that’s ok. I’m just one step closer to it being ready.
I’m a bit stumped on a plot point, and that has derailed me today. I’m pondering it, throwing out ideas to myself, seeing if something will stick.
Pirouette is now at 167k. I’m hoping to finish it on or near 170k, but we’ll see.
10 months of hard work has come down to this. It has survived a divorce, a move, 2 parental surgeries back-to-back, recurrent tendonitis and a transition to voice recognition. It has haunted me and kept me motivated for three years. It has kept me grounded, kept me guessing, and has given me more pleasure that I can even express. I absolutely love this book, and the Pirouette world. The characters have grown and deepened over time. Alisia is always fun to write. Alisia and Lucien together rock good.
This book started its life as a short story called “Salvation.” It was to answer the question: what if your salvation was really your hell? Alisia started out as Emily, a woman who gets into a near-fatal car crash and almost dies. Lucien, a doctor, offers to save her –but only if she become a vampire — his vampire mate.
It made it to 12 pages, and then Nano rolled around, and I decided to expand it. Emily became Alisia, and became a ballerina/necromancer. Lucien lost his M.D. degree and ended up becoming a vampire Prince. And countless other things were added and twined together.
And now, with the second draft almost in the bag, I can’t help marveling at its evolution.
Next up is Survivor. I’ll be taking a short break from P after finishing to recharge the batteries, and I can’t wait to dig into it.
On 70 days of sweat, I made my goal of 60k, and then some. Not sure if I’ll officially finish P by the end (May 16), but if I don’t, I know I’ll be pretty darned close. Thank you, Sven.