I finished NaNo.
Yes, that's right. This evening at about 6:00 I finished writing today's section, validated my novel on the NaNo site and officially won NaNoWriMo.
And now I'm utterly exhausted.
The MCs of this year's NaNo really put me through a lot. I didn't realize how much of my energy the last week and half wasn't energy but rather adrenalin. It kept me going, kept me reaching for the goal... but now that the goal is reached, I just want to curl up with some drama, something sweet to eat and REST. The reaction has set in - disbelief that I reached the goal, relief that I reached the goal... and exhaustion.
The last couple of days I put some thought into what I would do after I finished the 50,000 words. Last year, after I reached 50,000 words, I kept writing until that novel was done. But, I'm not going to do that this year.
Sub Rosa needs a break. I'm not very happy with the section I wrote today. There is something missing and I need to figure out what before I can move forward with the novel. I don't know how long of a rest from it I'll need. Hopefully it will only be a week or so, while I recover from the adrenalin high of NaNo- just long enough to take a step back and re-examine Sub Rosa under different lights.
In the meantime, there are several novels clamoring for my attention:
Ebony and Aubergine, the first novel in the Lion and Rose series, and the novel I set aside to write Sub Rosa for NaNo
To See The Stars and The Stars Come Forth, the first and second novels in the Stellumo series
Oath of Loyalty and Pearl of Loyalty, the first and second novels in the Fidelitas series
Venit Hora, the first novel in the Three Kyngdoms series
Yeah, no lack of projects to choose from until I can figure out what I need to do differently with Sub Rosa. :D Stellumo will probably win out. Their characters have been hounding me for the last few days.
To all of you who supported and encouraged me during this NaNo, THANK YOU.
And to all of you who are still working on your NaNo novels, BEST WISHES. Go for the gold!!
Miss Melody Muffin