Yes, at just before midnight last night I typed in those two little words a novelist takes so long to get to. Phew! Darx Circle has at last been converted from an unfinished manuscript to another completed fantasy.
The ending carried me forward in a rush of excitement, and I hope readers will find it does the same for them once the long and painful processes which need to follow are completed.
First indications are good – my staunch supporter but fearless critic, Much Better Half, was most enthusiastic in her comments after finishing it today.
I wrote some of it yesterday before going to Point Watersports Clubs to watch the Durban Sky Grand Prix of Aerobatics – sounds crazy, doesn’t it? Bobbing in the waves and watching aircraft fling themselves all over the sky is certainly another kind of novel experience! Above is 5-yr-old R declaring, ‘I love swimming in the sea!’ This part has the old pier as a breakwater, unlike the vicious surf we get on our home beach.
We had enjoyed a preview of a lot of it the day before, when a number of pilots chose to practise over the sea directly in front of our home.
The Saab Gripen certainly makes a lot of noise flying low directly overhead, as one of them did as we arrived. We overheard one man on the beach saying, ‘I kakked myself!’ (Which is a fairly crude South African way of indicating that one has defecated in one’s pants.) The grandkids certainly didn’t enjoy that part much. The tiny dot is what it becomes by the time one lifts a camera.
Anyway, after returning I buckled down and added the final 3,500 words for a completed total length now of 129,275 words. That may well be pruned, of course, but I hope not.
Colonialist March 2014 (WordPress)