On January 15, 2009, I started writing The Phoenix Prophetess. My goal at the time was to attempt to write a chapter a week with the hopes of finishing it by October 2009. Week after week went by, and I continued to amaze myself that I kept writing. I obtained three readers, my author friend Christine, my younger sister Kara, and my coworker and talented artist, Rachel. Some weeks, I found it hard to make a chapter. Other weeks, I wrote two-three chapters. The ideas kept flowing, and this idea that was in my head of the Phoenix Prophetess named Yssa was being written. Her voice was finally being heard. On September 15, 2009, her story in the first book is finished. Well, the first draft is finished. It took me exactly nine months to write thirty-seven chapters and 98,106 words. My new goal is to finish editing/rewriting The Phoenix Prophetess by the end of November 2009, so I can give my second reader, author friend Aubrie, a chance to have it read by the end of December 2009, so I can polish it up and begin the never-ending process of querying agents and publishers.
The Phoenix Prophetess is a trilogy, and in 2010, I will write the second book: The Phoenix Sorceress. In 2011, I plan to write the third and final book of the trilogy: The Phoenix Queen.
I feel so many things now that I have finished the first draft of my first novel. I'm thrilled, excited to the point of almost shaking. I think I might be a bit in shock at actually accomplishing this feat. I feel half-way sick now that it is finished, since I worry if it is any good. I also feel like I might cry, but I'd rather not, since I'm currently at work. I want to thank all who have encouraged me to keep writing. You know who you are.
As for future goals beyond the Phoenix Trilogy, I plan to work on "Hounded" for the Beasts Within 2: Beasts Unleashed anthology. Then, I will begin working on my second novel that doesn't involve the Phoenix Trilogy, which is Moonlight Murders. I will work on other short stories in the meantime.
Yay! First draft is finished! *does happy dance*