139,446.

It’s messy, it’s ragged, it’s got continuity holes big enough to drive a subway train through, but for the moment, it’s done.

I now have four Onyx Court novels.

Good Christ that epilogue was hard to write. Possibly it sucks. I have no idea. What the hell does one write, to end a four-book series? Especially when one isn’t sure whether this is the end permanently, or just the end for now? How does one wrap something like that up? How many readers will kill me for not showing the [spoiler] they’ll think I should have shown? Will my editor be one of them?

These questions don’t have answers, at least not tonight. Tonight, I back up the file, and sleep the sleep of the novel-completing just.

0 Responses to “139,446.”

  1. owldaughter

    Congratulations! I will celebrate by settling down with In Ashes Lie, as my bookstore finally got them in. I cannot complain about the lateness, however, because they ordered ten copies (!), whereas they initially ordered only two of each of the first two books in the series upon release. That makes me very happy. I like it when initial orders are big like that later in a series; it suggests that sales are going very well indeed.

  2. jimhines

    “What the hell does one write, to end a four-book series?”

    Ha! I wish I knew ๐Ÿ™‚

    Congratulations on finishing!!! Can’t wait to read it!

  3. alecaustin

    Good Christ that epilogue was hard to write. Possibly it sucks. I have no idea.

    Hey, drafts are hard, and so is having perspective. (Insert crack about second person being especially hard to pull off.) Congratulations on finishing, and don’t worry about potential suckiness right now. That’s what editors and first readers are for.

    You have a draft, of admirable length, which presumably contains most of what you meant to put into it. That’s a reason to celebrate.

    • Marie Brennan

      which presumably contains most of what you meant to put into it

      <gives draft dubious look>

      Well, it will by the time I’m done with it.

      • alecaustin

        That’s all that’s required, really. No one ever said rough drafts had to be perfect.

        (Okay, maybe someone did. And then we shot them and hid their body where no one will ever find it.)

  4. Anonymous

    Was that you that was still up at 5:00 AM watching Netflix? I saw your husband’s account logged in on Xbox live this morning watching Netflix, and I wondered what the hell one of you was still doing up at that hour, ’cause it was 8:00 for me, which means 5:00 for you.

    Finish your book, and decided you needed to watch a movie right away?

    And congrats of course.

    Tony

    • Marie Brennan

      By 5 a.m., it would have just been Kyle. I was up until about 4:30, decompressing my brain enough to sleep; he’s on call for work, and they kept him up until about 5:30.

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