Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Ding dong! The book is done!

I turned it in. The third book in my Messenger series has flown through that series of tubes we call the Internet from California to New York City. I walked around all day yesterday whistling, "Ding Dong! The book is Done!" Then tonight my youngest child graduates from high school. He turned 18 about 3 weeks ago. Some of the ladies here know about the little issue I had with his birthday dinner, but they've been sworn to secrecy. Hear that drunk writers? SECRECY.

Anyway, I'm done with my book and apparently I'm done with child rearing. I told my oldest I'm now just his friend. He told me that sounded chill.

Another thing that's chill? Getting to the book that's been waiting for revisions for months. Months!!! I don't even remember what I wrote. It has to do with a car accident, some teenagers, a senator, a preacher and some religious controversy.

Then I have to figure out what to do. The last couple of years have been crazy busy. Kids graduating from high school and applying to colleges. Kids going to college. We've moved my mother twice and she's had innumerable health crises which seem to land us in emergency rooms on holidays with lots of drinking. Oh, and my day job went from part-time to full-time.

One of my sisters thinks I need to take a hiatus and "just be Eileen" for a while. The other sister thinks that I need to keep writing because it's usually most crucial to keep going just when it's the hardest. I don't know what I think except that I'm pretty sure that I'm at a major crossroads and that there's no right road and no wrong road, but I'm going to have to choose a direction.

5 comments:

Sinead M said...

Congrats!! Getting a book finished is something to celebrate.
and I'm excited to read it, so yeah for all of us.

And yes, you need a treat, some Eileen time, maybe in the Bahamas?

Maureen McGowan said...

Congrats on finishing the book!!!

Do the paths have to be mutually exclusive? I like Sinead's idea. Eileen time for a break. Then figure out what's most important to you. :) Easy, right? (Says the girl who's been trying to figure out this shit for decades...)

Molly O'Keefe said...

oh my gosh - Eileen!!! You've got so much on your plate - can you be vacation Eileen for a while? Paris, right?

Good for you getting that book in - that alone deserves some champagne! And then the pleasure of rewrites on a book you actually don't remember? You're gonna murder it!! Good luck - you have my secrecy and good thoughts

Eileen said...

Paris one month from today! Believe me, I can't wait.

Stephanie Doyle said...

AHhh Paris... It's all the vacation you will need. But change is tough and it takes tolls in different ways. So give yourself time to adjust to all of it.

Ding dong the book is done... Love it!

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