This weekend I will finish “The Mayonnaise Murders Part 3” , the conclusion of my scifi/fantasy serial novel. The first two parts are already completed and for sale at our Amazon store. As I mentioned in an earlier post, this is a book I actually began nearly 20 years ago as an assignment from a Washington D.C.-area education company that wanted a children’s detective series. I had put the book down before finishing it for a variety of life-related reasons (trials and tribulations, etc) and didn’t pick it up again until a couple years ago when I promised myself I wouldn’t begin any new projects until I finished the ones I had started. I refused to be one of those wannabe writers who had half-finished manuscripts stuffed in drawers and cabinets all around the house, unable to bring anything to completion.
You can’t call yourself a writer if everything you start to write you never finish.
So I must admit I’m feeling pretty good that after all this time I have finally arrived at that place. Whatever happens now, whether I get only 12 sales (please God don’t let that be the case) become internationally renowned (that would be nice), or simply sell enough copies to recoup expenses and make a comfortable profit (I could definitely settle for that), at least I finished what I started.
Except that it doesn’t end there. Because however much I’d like to do the Rocky Balboa victory dance, fist pumping the air and screaming for Adrienne (well, maybe not screaming for Adrienne, but anyway…), the fact is that I can’t stop here. Because writers write. Because whatever happens with my story – and like all writers I’m hoping for (and working diligently toward) good things – it is imperative that I get started mapping out my next story the day after this one comes to an end. Because if this one doesn’t catch fire then maybe the next one will, or the one after that.
The point here is that if I cross my legs and sit down to wait for ‘something to happen’, there’s a pretty good chance that nothing will happen. It’s one of those strange inexplicable laws of the universe that I’ve observed over time that perhaps good things do happen to those who wait, but even better things happen to those who stay busy while they wait.
I’m just sayin.