1. Hahahaha, I loved this one. I don’t think you could have explained the emotional metamorphosis of writing a full length novel more succinctly than you did with this post.

    • Thanks Woelf. It really does feel like all those things at once, some days.

      I’ve also always loved Jim Butcher’s description of the 35k – 55k zone as the “The Great Swampy Middle”…it sums up the feeling you get as you put one figurative step in front of the other, trying to find your way out the other side.

      But boy is it worth it when you see daylight! 🙂

  2. All the best – I hope you get through the Swampy Middle at top speed…perhaps you could take inspiration from the World Bog Snorkling Championships?
    BTW: my cats have those toys. When my (missing) gorgeous boy first got one, he was just the same size as the toy…I dangled it in front of him, he leapt up, crushed it with all four legs and dragged it off to kill it. He got through three is about 6 months.

    • Thanks, Rose. 🙂 I never saw a Swampy Middle that I couldn’t eventually muck through. So sorry to hear about your cat…a sweet and funny memory of him attacking an ape, though (even if it was only fabric and rope).

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