Today, after a final push - I have typed over 3,300 words! - I am absolutely thrilled to say that about 30 minutes ago, I typed THE END on the last line of my manuscript.
I started working on The Book of Thoth, my second novel, in January 2011 - at least, the planning stage, which lasted around six months, began then.
The manuscript is bonkers, and wayyyyyy too long - it stands at 150,950 words at the moment.
My head is screaming CUT CUT CUT CUT!!!!!
It's been a challenge, as I have tried to write some kind of hybrid Gothic novel and have been adding things as I went along... But it's been - and still promises to be - FUN. Well, fun to write. Not sure what it will be like for readers.
I have no idea whether it works or not - well, I don't think it quite works as it stands at the moment, and that's why I know that finishing draft 1 is only the beginning...
I have edited the first 5,000 words, but there is a hell of a lot of work to do. And because it's taken so long to write, I actually cannot remember half of what I've written over the past three years!
During the Christmas holiday, I have acquired yet more amazing items for my vintage collection!
The seller who sold me the Film Weekly magazines had an absolutely amazing stock of fabulous stuff (also quite a few The Play, the theatre mag, which makes a brief appearance in The Book of Thoth!). I am not a big spender, but I could easily have bought their whole stock in one go... I will go back for more this year!
I am becoming rather obsessed with theatre people from the Edwardian era and, of course, the 1920s.
In The Book of Thoth, one of my characters is a former actress who was about to become a big star of the stage just before the First World War, but it is only mentioned as part of the background story.
What I'd like to do is to write a novel entirely set in the world of the theatre, but the amount of research would be staggering - and I would have to find an original angle as it has been done before, hasn't it?
The pictures below are not very good as they were taken minutes before my camera gave up for good.
In the next few weeks, I will be heading to the National Portrait Gallery to see their display Starring Vivien Leigh: A centenary celebration. They also have Jane Morris: Pre-Raphaelite muse which I will see at the same time!
Now back to The Book of Thoth.
Draft 1 will be completed next Tuesday, January 20th.
I think therefore I write.
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