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CRUCIFER--Delivered at last!

Posted on 2010.05.01 at 21:29
It's been a long time since I've posted about my novel CRUCIFER.  Yesterday I delivered the rewrite to my agent!

The manuscript really is a different animal, and a vast improvement over anything I've written before.  During the rewrite I cut over 30k words, and added more than 50k of new material.  Of what I kept, not a single paragraph didn't get changed.  Now it's out of my hands, and I should feel elated, but instead I suddenly feel like I've lost my sense of purpose.  The night before I turned it in, I worked on it from 1pm until 7:30am, slept four hours, got up, worked on it some more, sent it off and worked at my "day job" until 2am.   I've been living like this for months, and now that it's done, I'm paying the price for giving birth to this thing.   I'm emotionally, physically, and mentally  exhausted.  Still waiting for the high to kick in.  My only celebration was a ritual I follow whenever I finish a major writing project:  I have a nice glass of Glenlivet and smoke a black clove cigarette.  It warms my Gothic heart and serves as a rite of passage.  I'm celebrating a birth and attending a memorial.

By finishing this, I'm fulling a promise I made to my Dad, who passed away just two-weeks shy of a year ago, and told me that I'd only be a failure if I gave up on my writing.  When he died, I promised myself I would finish the book, and send it back into the world before a year had passed.  I felt his ghost pushing me forward with increasing speed, like he was shoveling coal into a steam-powered train.

My brilliant agent, Colleen Lindsay put me on the right track, calling just before Cristmas and kicking my ass, using tough love to get me out of the station.  She wrote today to tell me she's already reading the rewrite.  Say a prayer for me--I hope I'm on the right track.

I've posted updated excerpts from the novel here:  http://rjcrowtherjr.blogspot.com
Please stop by and feel free to leave your comments.


coppervale at 2010-05-02 05:07 (UTC) (Link)
Awesome, brother Rob! Well done. Love that Colleen. ;)
rjcrowtherjr at 2010-05-06 11:41 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you so much, James. I wish there was a way to repay you for all the love and support you've given me over the years, not to mention those brilliant "Imaginarium Geographica" books. You set the bar very high, my friend.
josiefiend at 2010-05-03 18:58 (UTC) (Link)
I hope that your agent is pleased with all your hard work. I know how difficult this process has been for you. Congratulations on finally finishing this!! I hope it's ready for publication soon so I can pimp it to my friends :)
rjcrowtherjr at 2010-05-06 11:45 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, my lovely. It's been ages since I saw you. This is just one step in a long process. Still have to see what further corrections/suggestions my agent has for me, and I know there will be a few. Then, once she sends it off to make the rounds, any editor who is interested will have their own suggestions. Once Crucifer sells, if it God willing does, it will take about a year for the house to publish it. Miss you, big hug. Rob
wicked witch of the west
herkind31 at 2010-05-04 22:20 (UTC) (Link)
Congrats sweets!
rjcrowtherjr at 2010-05-06 11:47 (UTC) (Link)
So when do I get to read more of your wonderful poetry? Armantrout's got nothing on you!
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