Ta-DAH! And just like that, I’ve finished Spilled Milk. Final word count: 78,531 words. So far, I’ve maintained my pace of 10k words a week. This week (so far), I’ve got slightly less than 5k done, though, which means I’ve got to immediately pick up Eye of Darkness and pour almost 6k words into it to meet my quota. If I succeed, then I will likely be writing “The End” a second time this week, given how little there is left to go on the novel.
Of course, neither work is anywhere near ready for release. I have to line edit and concept edit both of these before I can publish them, and that’s going to take some time. The good news, for Jefferson’s Road fans, at least, is that I’ll be able to have The Tree of Liberty done before too long. I expect to start it in January, and I should have it finished no later than mid-February — all assuming I can keep up the pace. Topheth, the next Janelle Becker book, will follow close on its heels, which means that I’ll have four novels finished before Spring. At that point, I’ll have to assess where I’m at. Especially in terms of editing. I still have line edits to finish for The Elixir of Life that my friend Linda sent me. But, all things being equal, this should shape up to be a very productive year.
Right now, I’m going to do the happy dance.
shuffle, shuffle, step! shuffle, shuffle kick!