Friday, April 23, 2010


Today, I finished the 1st draft on a contemporary romance. 60,764 words. Started it Feb 4, 2010 finished April 23 2010. YAY!!!!! High five!

When I set up this blog, I said I wasn't going to post about the travails of writing and maybe, trying to get published, there are far better blogs out there posting about the subject more thoroughly and more intelligently than I ever could.

But once in a while, I will post some news, like today!! I actually finished! What an accomplishment, I had been dragging my feet the last two weeks, so Monday, I cracked my knuckles and set a goal, I was going to write the last 7000 words and finish it THIS WEEK, and I did!

Now comes the fun part, rewrite, editing, etc. Thankfully, my teacher hubby is a real sweetie, he is my grammar guru, believe me, I need him, I do have some grammar issues, real mental blocks about certain aspects of grammar. I also value his opinion, and he makes suggestions, it is a real team effort.

Will I submit this to publishers? I have no idea. One step at a time. But the fact I actually did this, that I now have 3 Manuscripts done, hey, way cool. Plus, it is fun. Even if I never get published, who cares, this is a hobby I enjoy immensely.

Am reading "To Beguile the Beast" by Elizabeth Hoyt right now, suggested by PJ, Buffie (from The Romance Dish) and some others at my blog at Borders, I went to our tiny library and they had it! May do a review next week.

Also, Google now has pages! So if you look in the far left corner of the blog, I have added a Nathan Kamp Page (natch) and a page about myself, with an actual picture! In case you were curious.

I am taking a couple of days to relax. Whew!
So have a great weekend~


Suzanna said...

Congrats on finishing! It's an amazing feeling, isn't it? And it never gets old. You definitely deserve to celebrate!

Your Nathan page cracks me up. :D I thought of you today when I saw the potential cover art for a friend's new book for Ellora's Cave. I thought "Wowza, Karyn would *love* that hero!" I told her I'd blog about it when the cover was finalized. (Hopefully soon. The book isn't due out until November.)

Illandrya said...

Congratulations, what an accomplishment! Finishing a story is something to this point I have only distantly dreamed of :( I'm VERY good at coming up with excuses about why I haven't though.

Karyn Gerrard AKA~Drew said...

Suzanna, it really IS an amazing feeling, no mistake. Thanks so much!

I know, me and Nathan Kamp, LOL! Ooo, I look forward to that post! You know me and hero cover models.

Karyn Gerrard AKA~Drew said...


How great to hear from you, it really is such a sense of accomplishment to be sure. It took some doing, but once I started writing, I haven't stopped.
Plus, I will admit, I am home all day, lots of time to write~

S.B. said...

OMG! Congratulations! That is completely and totally amazing, although, knowing you, not at all surprising. You write like a demon. You have to take the next step!

Karyn Gerrard AKA~Drew said...

SB, thanks so much! LOL, I do write like a demon, so true.
Cheers for the support~

Deb said...

Karyn, WOOHOO!! That's awesome! I can't wait to see it hit the shelves!!!!

The Lunar Fox said...

Wow, big congrats! Finishing is the hard part. I hope it's all smoother sailing from here!

Emily said...

All right Karen, that is awesome! I agree though, it isn't too surprising, you do write like a demon! LOL! I for one would stand in line to get the first copy, I'm sure, I'd love to read a contemporary romance by you. Congrats on finishing!

S@ndy said...

Congratulations mate!!
That is really awesome, and I say "take the next step!"
I agree with Emily, coming from you it is not surprising at all!!! :D I bet one of this days in a near future I will have in my bookcase a book by you!!! :D
Once again, congratulations mate!!! Way to go!!! and go for the next step!!!

Karyn Gerrard AKA~Drew said...

Thanks Sandy,

That is a sweet thing to say, I have no idea if I will 'take the next step' but I was so relieved to be finished this, I had to share, cheers!

Karyn Gerrard AKA~Drew said...

Emily thanks so much, I was just so pleased to actually write 60,000 in over two months, I had to blow my own horn, Now I feel silly, LOL!

Cheers mate, so kind~

Karyn Gerrard AKA~Drew said...

Hey Lunar, thanks so much, its true, the hard part is finishing the thing, I was just so glad to get it all down. What happens next is anyone's guess, cheers!

Karyn Gerrard AKA~Drew said...

Deb, *snort* from your kind lips to a publisher's ear! Cheers and thanks,
that is kind to say!!

iron mum said...

Hey Karyn, thats great news and what an acomplishment.
You have to go for it, send them to a publisher after all it's better to know now then spend forever wondering and I for one would love to be able to read them after all your the best writer I know.

~Elsa (Iron mum)~

Karyn Gerrard AKA~Drew said...

Thanks Iron Mum!! Thanks so much again, for the kind words. After I go through the editing and rewrites, I'll see where I stand, cheers mate!