Read the previous post after this one, because I am curious to get some comments on it, but I wanted to announce-- I have just officially submitted All Just Glass, sequel to Shattered Mirror, to my editor at Random House.
This book has been something of a white whale for me since 2000, when I first made an attempt at writing it. Over the last nine years, I have played with the characters and concepts, struggling to bring it together to tell the story I want to tell. I have scrapped text and started over multiple times. But once I finished Persistence (started 1999), it seemed like this one finally needed to get out there. It's time to continue this story.
AJG, like Token of Darkness, owes its final first-draft completion to NaNoWriMo. I cheated a little. I threw out all my old files (well, I didn't look at them for months except a brief skim-over in August, and didn't refer to any of my old prose or notes during November) and wrote the entire first draft for NaNo, treating all my previous attempts as brainstorming. It was apparently the only way to get past my anxiety about the nearly ten-year-old concept and bring fresh life and inspiation into the text.
And now it's in my editor's mailbox.
Meanwhile, my agent is reading something else, something different, which is a pretty big deal to me. I'm nervous about that, too.
I hate the waiting part.
I've published 11 books. I'm still waiting for the day the waiting gets easier.