Rain, rain go away…not!

Two lovely things happened today.  I think I mentioned this before.  If not then I probably should have.  I finished my rough draft.  All 443 pages and around 93K words.

Today I went out and had the manuscript printed out.IMG_0893  It’s about an inch thick.  For a long time I’ve always worked with computer files.  This is the first time I’ve gone out and plopped down money to print something I’ve written.  It actually makes it real.

Now comes the hard part, all those revisions and stuff.  I know it’s crappy, so this is the time I get to see just how bad it really is so I can fix it.

The other lovely thing that happened, or is happening right now is that there’s clear wet stuff falling from the skies.  I’m like “what is this?”  See, where I live we should have over 5 1/2 inches of rain since the beginning of the year.  Until today we’ve had maybe 0.8 inches.  Yeah, it’s bad.

I luv the sound of rain hitting the windows.  It’s just a lovely white noise.  I hope I get to hear more of it as the days pass.

Now that I think back, I probably did post about finishing my rough draft.  I guess I don’t remember because I slept since then.  😉

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I’m finished!

Yes, I’m finished with my rough draft.  Isn’t that nice?  Or actually, isn’t that a piece of crap?  My sister calls it her vomit version (which isn’t that far from the truth.)celebration

Now that it’s finished, I’ve put it off to the side and it will remain like that until March.  I want to give it a rest until I actually look at it once again to see just how bad it really is.

Right now the word count is a little over 92K words.  No telling how much bigger it’ll get once I start doing the grand re-write.

Independence Day

Two days ago in the United States we celebrated the signing of a simple one page document that severed our ties politically with the United Kingdom.  Today we celebrate by stuffing ourselves to the point of being sick and then waiting for dusk and darkness for the local fireworks display.

If that’s on the 3rd then the next morning we get up bright and early (for me it was dark and early) and head down to the downtown area of your town to watch the parade go by.  My city has theirs starting at 9 AM and they told us to line up at, get this 7:30 AM.  I’m like, WTH?  I can understand an hour, but 7:30 was getting a bit ridiculous.

The group I was in had two vehicles and we had them ready long before it was time to load up.  We sat there complaining over city hall and how sometimes they’re so anal about everything.

Now the fireworks I saw?  Those were awesome!  I go over to the next city for their celebration.  The reason why is that my group finds seating that’s maybe 100 feet away from where they shoot off the fireworks.  And then when they go off above you, they’re low (maybe around 1000 feet).  So they end up so in your face that it’s the best thing ever!  You don’t know fireworks until you can see them explode right above you.