I'm getting fond of these girls, which is good, and I'm able to take this story anywhere I want to, which is great. It was fun writing the CYO books, but I was being edited very closely, and I couldn't go certain places I would have liked to go, and I had to go places that didn't interest me so much. I'm not unhappy with the books; I like how they turned out. But they're only four-fifths or so mine. And maybe, in the end, an editor will come along and do the same thing to this book -- but not yet. Right now it's mine, mine, all mine. And I'm just feeling very grateful to be at this place in my career where I have the experience/skill to be able to take a stab at a novel, at the same time that Kevin is making it possible (by feeding and housing me) for me to focus on writing it, without worrying about finding a summer day job. Yay, timing. Yay, Kevin.
Yes, I still have credit card debt. But much less than I did a year ago, thanks to the CYO books. And what's left, will keep. I have a book to write. Maybe more than one. :-)
What's that saying again? "Life is uncertain, so eat dessert first!"
Maybe it should be "Life is uncertain, so write your books first!"
..and eat dessert. Of course.