I finally feel like I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. That’s not to say that simply querying agents is the end of the whole tunnel, but to say that I can see the excitement and freedom of moving onto the next phase of this adventure. The journey has been a long one.
I daydreamed the initial concept for my novel, now with the working title of Life at the Death House, when I was eighteen years old. I had cancer and was in the middle of my chemotherapy treatments when I came down with a fever and found myself quarantined in a room in the hospital for a week. I should mention that I was doing chemo during the SARS outbreak in 2003 which is why there was such concern with me catching a cold (I had no immune system) and the proper measures were taken. This is where I came up with the initial concept for the book.
When I was in college, I wrote the first few scenes of Act One of the story as a spec script for my Writing for Film & Video course as my original plan was to write it as a movie. This was back in 2008. I let the project sit on the back burners for a few years until I dusted it off in 2012 and wrote the first two drafts of chapters one and two.
In June 2015, I left work to pursue the dream of writing this story as a novel. Glen and I moved to the farm in the Pontiac, so we could enjoy a peaceful life in the country and so that I could focus on writing my novel. There have been many drafts (8.1 or so), edits, discoveries, changes and unexpected plot and character shifts. I have learned so much. Some amazing beta readers volunteered their time and constructive energies on two different drafts. A generous and wonderful author offered her time and consideration to another draft. And now the finished product is ready.
I’m on my last steps checklist. I love lists. They bring me such joy. I was pretty excited that I finally got to make a “last steps” checklist in the first place. I have been showing it off to everyone who comes in the door.
It’s very freeing to know that I am right around the corner from querying my first round of agents. It’s pretty exciting to be on the brink of this next phase of the journey, the phase where I get to send my pitch to experts, and hope for their interest. I expect there will be many rejections. That’s part of the process, and I get that. But my excitement for the next phase is invigorating nonetheless.
Hence, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I can see the light that leads me into the next phase of this journey, and I can’t wait.