There are moments that stand out as you look back at your life. Milestones – important birthdays, your first kiss, getting your driver’s license, your wedding day – you name it.
Today is a milestone for me.
Today I completed God’s Thunder, my fantasy NaNoWriMo novel. It is the first novel I have completed since I was around age nine. I’ve struggled to complete a novel over the several years. I attempted in vain to write The Five Staffs of Meledari, but never could. After awhile I gave up. I decided to write short stories and flash fiction.
And I’ve learned something, I think.
I am a short fiction writer. I’m not a novelist.
But I did write a novel. To show I could and to tell a tale I really wanted to tell.
God’s Thunder may not be well received by many. It has lots of flaws which I hope to edit out. It has a huge religious emphasis – not in a Christian way necessarily. Raamiah is a warrior dedicated to the seven gods of his people – and his faith plays a huge role in his life. It’s the major theme of the story and you know what – I’m happy with that. I’m happy with the story and it was a real thrill to write.
I finished God’s Thunder in just 19 days. It’s rough as heck, but I hope there’s a gem in there somewhere.
The next question I’m getting asked is will I seek to publish it. The answer? I don’t really know. I’ll probably focus on editing in December or perhaps January. I may investigate traditional publishing, but I’m not sure it’s good enough for that. Don’t worry though – any one who is interested in reading it will get to one day. If all else fails, I’ll publish it via Lulu or something so others can read it.
Anyways, I just wanted to share this moment in my life. I feel proud to stand here with this accomplishment, and I thank every one of you amazing people who supported and encouraged me along the way.