Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Freedom

Yup, finally slipped my chain. Last night at about 8pm, I finished the first draft of Crossroad Blues.

I pretty much turned all the dials up to 'eleven' and snapped off the lever Tuesday and Wednesday. There were a couple-odd hours of sleep in there, and I may have eaten. Not entirely sure. What I do know is that I wrote a little less than 20,000 words in that period, including two of my favorites: The End.

As always here at Full Throttle Productions, hard work is rewarded. I had a nice glass of champagne, smoked a lovely Cuban cigar (they're legal here but this'll be the only one for me this year), had a *much* needed shower and shave and went to bed for many, many hours.

For their invaluable assistance, I'd like to thank the good folks at iPod.


(That's not photoshopped-- I got free laser engraving by ordering online!)
This poor bugger got quite the workout the last couple days. Four of my current favorites: Steve Earle's Oxycontin Blues, Tori Amos' Crucify, Avril Levigne's Girlfriend and Isaac Hayes's theme to Shaft. I reserve the right to be a man of contrasts...

Tomorrow: Simpsons fun!

8 comments:

Angie said...

Hey, congrats! Finishing a story always feels so good. :) And wow, almost 20K in two days? O_O I'm impressed, seriously.

Angie

Lisa said...

Congratulations! I don't know how you do it -- and with music that has lyrics going on in the background. For some reason, I can't do that at all. It's either total silence, or instrumental only. You rock!

cs harris said...

Congratulations! I am, as always, awed by your ability to pour out your stories in a stream of creativity. How long of a break do you take before you start the revisions?

Charles Gramlich said...

Good work, my friend. Once you get that momentum going it can really snowball and that's a nice feeling, although an exhausting one when it's done. Enjoy that well earned rest.

Steve Malley said...

Thanks for the congrats, folks!

I spent yesterday curled up with The Electric Michaelangelo by Sarah Hall and sleeping - a lot.

The music, especially with the earphones, blocks out the other distractions. Or maybe it's just a throwback to a childhood spent drawing and writing in front of a running TV...

And Candy, I think I'm actually starting my next pass today.

I didn't mean to, but I saw this other chapter I needed to round out the denoument, then this bit up at the front that should probably change, and... *ulp*

Lana Gramlich said...

Congratulations! Make sure you rest up real good!

avery said...

Congratulations. I love that final burst of energy that doesn't let you leave the computer even for a second. Exhausting, but so rewarding.

Kate S said...

Wow. Congrats. :)