The End! But Not!

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Disrupted Last Words by Milly

I did it! I finished the first draft of “Disrupted!

Friday night I struggled with the words. I really wanted to write those final words Friday night. I was tired from a week of pain and stress. I wrote out the last scene to relax before bed. It was late. I got towards the end of the scene and the words flew from my head.

Saturday morning I got up slowly. The weather has been lousy with pressure spikes and drops. It has been raining on and off for a week now. It is unusual weather for South Florida. There is truth to the old adage “If you don’t like the weather in Florida, wait five minutes.” Not so this week. The sun has struggled to shine.

After breakfast and getting dressed on Saturday, I sat down to write before errands. Oh yeah! Don’t forget the large mug of black coffee! I reviewed Friday’s writing then, the last words flowed. Fifty-seven words completed the first draft. Whew! {I am wiping my hand across my brow} Finally!

I wrote a novel in seven months! I am amazed. It is possible for me to write a novel in less than a year. I have proved it to myself. Who, by the way is my biggest critic. Ms. Myself has been proven wrong again! The “I can’t” has lost its apostrophe “t.”

Does Disrupted need a lot of work? Oh Yeah! What’s next for this novel? I will actually put the manuscript away for a month or two. I need to separate myself from the words. I got this advice from Stephen King’s book “On Writing.” In several weeks I will be able to look at the book with fresh eyes. Now is the time to enjoy the accomplishment. It is the end of a long tunnel. I’m looking around at the scenery flashing by on my journey.


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While it is the end of the first draft, like all good projects, it’s only one ending. So, what does a writer do while waiting for the story to mature for the next step. I’ve been thinking about this for a couple of weeks. I don’t want to stop my commitment to daily writing. I also need to get back to learning the business side of writing. Then there is

   What to do? What to do? It’s funny being at loose ends. So many things run through my head. A house project? Well yeah. The eldest prince’s old bedroom is still calling for a redo since the project got delayed. Take care of dad? That has become a regular daily task. What about my writing? What’s next?

I want to redo my blog. I have grown in two years. I am a different person and my blog is different. I need to update my about page, focus, and website. I find it a funny ironic coincidence that next weekend is Memorial Day, the unofficial kick off to “summer.” I am setting my summer plans into action while, it is technically still Spring. The heat is on both literally and figuratively here in SoFlo.

My writing goals this summer are: Continue writing my posts about my spiritual journey, Get my first book rolling in the publishing world, and overhauling my website and blog. Oh yeah, I also want to keep writing by restarting the second book in the trilogy. These are big goals for me over the next few months. I have big dreams! Those big dreams deserve big goals and bold actions from me.

While putting this post together, I listened to the Mass for Pentecost Sunday. I started to see a few things differently. I need to process the new information provided this Pentecost. I will share a little now and more in a future post.

My dad was in the emergency room last night. He fell and banged his head. The Youngest Prince and I spent my evening and night with him. It was a difficult evening for all of us. In the Gospel reading (John 20:19-23), the Apostle John says “…Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.”” It is the first statement from Jesus on Pentecost.

In the midst of confusion and doubt. Jesus says “Peace be with you.” Jesus’ greeting is beautiful. The greeting says, “Fear not” (Luke 12:7 KJV), “My Peace I give to you.” (John 14:27 NKJV), and “I love you.” (John 15:9 NABRE).”

I am borrowing Jesus’ words today. “Peace be with you”


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