I need to finish my Project Sparkle revision by the 23rd. That's next week Friday. I'm on the climax now, writing my new scenes frantically, feeling some of the same rush as a reader anxious to learn what happens next. I'm hoping to finish this weekend. Then I'll reread and revise some more, write the final two chapters (denouement and epilogue), and, if there's time, rewrite chapters 1-2 (which are a mess, but I have some new ideas I want to incorporate and get my tutor's feedback on).
So I've been eating, sleeping, and dreaming the novel. The other day I told Phil I had finished 26, but still needed to revise 24-25 before I could go on to 27. He looked at me blankly and it took me several minutes to realize he had no idea I was referring to chapter numbers. Course, he was happy to just let me babble away.
All of this has me thinking about October. See, my final revision is due September 30th. That week is also the Bath Festival of Children's Literature, which I'll be attending, as both a volunteer and a visitor (I'll blog more about it in September). That week will be madder than now. So the following weekend, October, I need to go on vacation.
I've got it all planned out. It will be a weekend away with Phil. Some place in the UK, maybe continental Europe. There will be water, maybe some canoeing or kayaking. Hiking trails, lawn chairs. Sunsets, good food. I will not bring a pen. It will be paradise and I'll be dreaming about it for the next three months.
Now I just need to figure out where to go. Ideas? What have you done to celebrate finishing a novel?