Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Got Drama?

I gave my uber revised manuscript to my final reader on Friday. First, however, I took a picture of it.

Turn up your speakers (unless you're at work)
for maximum drama.


video

Brings tears to the ol' eyes, doesn't it? *sniff*


(Hope you guys don't mind me milking this for all it's worth!)

30 comments:

Stephanie Thornton said...

Don't you just love the feeling of holding your finished book in your hand? I think it's one of the greatest feelings ever.

Bane of Anubis said...

Congrats on approaching the first finish line.

Yeah, vid's not playing for me, but I like the drama. I've never done anything other than print out things on paper before, but now I try to avoid it b/c of all the revisions/markups -- I've got so many piles laying about it's hard to know what belongs to what.

Bane of Anubis said...

When I refreshed, I briefly saw a picture. That's way neater than my papers ever were (Thank God for computer :)

Niki said...

Haha brilliant!! How many words is that? My stories only take up 3 pages hehe
Will definately see The Princess and the Frog. Thanks! :o)

Michelle said...

Yay!
Congratulations.
LOL music...

Lydia Sharp said...

Haha. :)
Manuscripts do like kinda scary, though, before they're bound up all nice and pretty in a book.

Karen said...

Yay!! Congrats!

storyqueen said...

I love thick reams of paper filled with "the words."

Congratulations!

Shelley

Deb@RGRamblings said...

Milk away Dawn, there's nothing better than holding that first print-out in your hands. Congrats!

Tamika: said...

Congratulations Dawn! What a tremendous accomplishment, never stop basking in your dreams coming to fruitation.

destrella said...

Awesome! It's in the home stretch. :O)

Travener said...

It is a great feeling, isn't it, to look at that stack of papers ane say to yourself, "My God, I've written a book!"

Patti said...

Congratulations. What an awesome accomplishment. I think I need to take a picture like that.

Dawn Simon said...

You guys are awesome! I knew other writers would totally get it. :) My son, BTW, is the one who created my video. <3

Stephanie, I totally agree. It's such a great feeling!

Bane, I know what you mean about the paper copies. You're right--we're so lucky to have computers. I shred edits as I enter them, but I try to keep one revised hard copy (even if I just pencil in the revisions I made to save paper) because it makes me feel better. I think I might be a bit quirky/abnormal that way, though. I also file agent and editor feedback so I can keep track of who told me what (and when). Beyond that, it's only on the computer/my hubby's computer backup system. Otherwise, we'd drown in our own manuscripts.

Niki, it's approximately 63,000 words, which a few agents at conferences or workshops have told me is right on for YA. Your stories may be only three pages, but they're getting published! I look forward to hearing how your chapter book is going! :) I admire picture book authors--PB's are hard!

Thanks, Michele! I'm glad you thought it was funny! :)

Lydia, hee! I don't find them scary, but I'd be horribly frightened if I, say, had only one copy and I'd written it with a typewriter.

Thanks, Karen!

Shelley, I love them, too! Thank you! (BTW, everyone, Shelley is wise. Go follow her today if you aren't already.)

Thanks, Deb--you're sweet to let me milk it.

Thanks, Tamika!

Diane, I love the home stretch. So exciting.

Travener, it totally is. This isn't the first time I've completed a ms, but this is the first time I've photographed it, not to mention the whole 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY thing. Maybe that was the missing ingredient.

Thanks, Patti! Do take a picture. (See comment above. We may be on to something...)

Solvang Sherrie said...

Yay!
That music reminds me of The Electric Company. Am I the only one who used to watch that show?

Susan R. Mills said...

I just shivered! Congratulations.

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

Ha! That's awesome! Congrats! Now go get some ice cream--you deserve it!

Paul Greci said...

Congrats Dawn!! Awesome!!

Tabitha Bird said...

Milk away! Finishing an MS is a MASSIVE thing. Congrats :)

Amy Tate said...

When I finished mine, I carried it around with me all day. CONGRATULATIONS!

Dawn Simon said...

Sherrie, I remember Electric Company, though I didn't see it a lot. I was more of a Sesame Street girl.

Susan, yay for the shiver! Thanks for understanding.

Kristen, mmm...ice cream. Good idea!

Thanks, Paul!

Tabitha, thank you so much. I know I told you already at your blog, but that poem...beautiful.

Amy, I totally get it! :) Thanks.

Kjersten said...

Yay! Congrats, Dawn.

Niki said...

The adventures of Chester would make a good PB :o) awww I wish we had squirrels in New Zealand. I would love to give one a big squeeze :o)

Dawn Simon said...

Thanks, Kjersten!

Niki, maybe I'll have to give it a shot some day. :) You're so sweet--I like that you want to hug squirrels. I need to reload the squirrel feeder so we can have more Chester spottings. New Zealand...I bet it's beautiful where you are.

Cuppa Jolie said...

Too funny! But well deserved. Every manusript should be paired with such BIG music. Isn't it so gratifying to see it printed out on the table like that? :)

Dawn Simon said...

Jolie, you're right, every manuscript should be paired with big music! It is gratifying--and it feels a little bit more real when you can hold it. Thanks for the follow!

Joe Sharp said...

Now that's funny. I hope it was intended as such, because the swell of music with the manuscript too lazy to so much as get up and wave made me laugh.

What a cool idea. It's simple, but it seriously made me want to go get the two fat binders that made up my first novel and take a picture. But I'm playing like your manuscript and don't want to get up. Also, Lydia drew some lame looking red eyes on the front cover.

Dawn Simon said...

Joe, yes, it was intended to be funny. And oh-so-meaningful. :) I'm glad you liked it.

Thanks for visiting! It's nice to have both halves of the Sharp Angle stop by!

Kiki Hamilton said...

OMG - that is hilarious! and FANTASTIC at the same time!! Congratulations!!!

Dawn Simon said...

Thanks, Kiki!