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Hi everybody.

In January, I retired this journal (and my involvement in fandom) because I made a committment--a New Year's resolution, in fact--to write a new draft of my novel from start to finish. I started the novel in 2006, when I was still unemployed, living with my parents, and had no prospects of anything but a short, miserable life smoking myself to death in my parents' backyard.

So, even though it's 4 am and none of you are awake and I'm too tired to say this properly, I wanted to tell that a few minutes ago I finished the novel, two months before my self-imposed deadline. For a long time, I never really expected I would get to this point. I suspected I didn't have it in me to ever finish anything that mattered. But then it happened, so I guess I do.

I wouldn't have been able to write it if I hadn't finally, two years ago, risen out of the mire and found a job that suited me and an apartment away from my parents. And I would never have done that if, through this journal, I hadn't found a community of people who buoyed me through the isolation and self-loathing of pretty much my entire early twenties.

A number of you followed me over to bnharrison, my writing journal, and I continue to be grateful for your support there. Some of you didn't, which I understand, so I wanted to tell you that I miss you and think of you often, and consider you to have played a part in the general not-suckiness of my life as it is now.

I'm taking a break to let the novel percolate before revisions, and while I know that there may never be a time in my life when I will have room to participate in fandom the way I used to, I do have some fic that, after two years, still seems to want to be written. So I may be posting some stories in the near future. Harry Potter, it turns out, is the one fandom I seem destined never to leave quite behind.

Anyway, I just wanted to share the news. I hope you're well.

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mimesere
Jul. 4th, 2010 08:27 am (UTC)
congratulations!
chocolatepot
Jul. 4th, 2010 08:41 am (UTC)
Congratulations! I'm so glad you managed to finish.
egelantier
Jul. 4th, 2010 08:43 am (UTC)
we don't really talk and i apologize for the sudden delurking, but these are awesome news and i'm really happy for you. congratulations!
tellitslant
Jul. 4th, 2010 10:22 am (UTC)
Congratulations! :D
thefish30
Jul. 4th, 2010 11:14 am (UTC)
*waves*
I had been enjoying your Shakespeare posts.

Happy to hear of your joy.
logospilgrim
Jul. 4th, 2010 11:48 am (UTC)
Congratulations, my dearest one! 'Tis good to see you :-)
anywherebeyond
Jul. 4th, 2010 03:45 pm (UTC)
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!
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dreamer_marie
Jul. 4th, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! Finishing a novel is a terrific achievement. You can be proud of yourself.
artemisiabrisol
Jul. 4th, 2010 05:42 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! This is a huge deal and you've accomplished something amazing.
scrollgirl
Jul. 4th, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's amazing! Congratulations on finishing your novel! And ahead of schedule, too :D
parelle
Jul. 4th, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
I'm so very pleased for you! I've missed seeing your posts, but I think now that my own life has settled a bit I'll friend your writing journal :)
lovefromgirl
Jul. 4th, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)
Warmest congratulations! Something to be very proud of indeed.
melusinehr
Jul. 4th, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
I hadn't realized you'd moved! Shows how out of it I am. Congratulations on the novel, that's so impressive!
minim_calibre
Jul. 4th, 2010 06:44 pm (UTC)
I'm proud of you.
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rj_anderson
Jul. 4th, 2010 07:13 pm (UTC)
YAAAAAAAAAAAY!!! I am so thrilled! You did it! I knew you would! So excited! etc.
tree_and_leaf
Jul. 4th, 2010 08:29 pm (UTC)
Well done you! And I look forward to the fic...
wemblee
Jul. 5th, 2010 12:49 am (UTC)
CONGRATULATIONS! :D *\o/*
kels
Jul. 5th, 2010 01:05 am (UTC)
Yes! I am so, so proud of you. I stopped reading around Chapter 9 because I wanted to save them up and read them all in one shot at the end. Planning on doing that when I get back home (I'm visiting relatives this week; the chapters are all saved on my home computer). I cannot even imagine how awesome you must feel right now. I will definitely buy a copy when it is published, and I will mail it to you so I can get an autograph. :)
pegkerr
Jul. 5th, 2010 01:20 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! That's a huge milestone! *tosses confetti*
the_surfacer
Jul. 10th, 2010 02:32 am (UTC)
Congratulations and best wishes!
tragical_mirth
Sep. 22nd, 2010 03:47 am (UTC)
Alright, I completely missed this post. I don't know how. I just have been wondering what happened to you. It's been that kind of... er, three years. :)

Friending you at the new account with this one and another (which is how I noticed this to begin with) :)
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