The True Beginning of the End…

Today I finished the manuscript. I know, you’ve heard this all before, right? Today I love it. Tomorrow I hate it, scrap it, and start all over again.

And we’re standing on this precipice with nothing much to save

But the deep blue screams of falling dreams with our next move

Heaven hide your eyes

Heaven’s eyes will never dry…

These lyrics keep popping into my head as I write the last words to this story. They come from a song called The Promise by a band called Arcadia, which most of you have probably never heard of. This song had significance to a younger version of me (like waaaay back in the early 90’s??)Β  and it’s just a tad ironic that they make a reappearance now. If you’re interested, you can find the song on YouTube HERE. I used to listen to this on record, long before any such thing as YouTube existed and at the time, I was pretty certain this particular album had magical properties… a conversation for another blog post, perhaps?

I finished the story that took so long to tell. This should be a happy occasion worthy of hugs and celebrations, not moody dark music that makes us feel as though we’re ready to plunge into some unknown fate, right? So, what gives?

Perhaps it’s the uncertainty that keeps tugging at me? I want to believe in my story. I want to believe in my ability to be a writer and yet I keep coming back full circle to doubt both. Perhaps it’s because I’ve started out to follow a path and I’ve lost my way and now I’m struggling to get back on course.

Perhaps I just have a funny way of celebrating?

At any rate, put away the champagne for now. August brings a lot of hard work and plenty of ups and downs of its own. After all, it’s time for me to rewind back to chapter one and comb through all thirty chapters to make sure that what I wrote actually makes sense. (It’s easy for me to forget something I planted in the early chapters and never resolved by the end.)

I’m also attempting something just a bit terrifying, which is probably the real reason behind the moody song. Once I’ve gone over my story and made sure it’s as perfect as I can make it, I’ve decided to write a synopsis and send a query. I have one publisher in mind (thanks to DuoTrope), I’ve printed out their submission requirements, and I wonder if we might be a perfect fit for one another? A literary match made in heaven? Our own version of happily ever after? I’ve never queried before. I’ve never set myself up for the possibility of rejection. This is a first… and I’m scared…

Fingers crossed? Let’s take the plunge …

7 thoughts on “The True Beginning of the End…

  1. Megan Trennett says:

    You’ll do fine I’m sure πŸ™‚ I know what it’s like that nerve wrecking feeling of sending out a query letter, especially with someone that you feel fits you perfectly. Hopefully it works out for you, I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you.

    • stephanieingramauthor says:

      Thanks, Megan. πŸ™‚ I appreciate the vote of confidence. I’m keeping my expectations low but it’s something I promised myself I would try. One query probably won’t kill me. haha

  2. James Garcia Jr says:

    Alright, fine. *sets champagne down on the table* But I want you to have this. *hugs*
    You have created a world, Steph. You pulled a story down from the heavens for the world to enjoy, so you have to celebtrate that much. Is the journey over? Nope. But this is an important step in a long batch of them. I’ve just completed one as well, which you should be hearing about in a day or two. In the meantime, we need each other – all of us crazy writerly types. We need each other to help understand and acknowledge all of the signposts, and to catch us when we stray from the road.
    Your buddy from Cali,


    • stephanieingramauthor says:

      Jimmy, you are absolutely right and thank you for posting this. You made me smile. πŸ™‚ It is an exciting milestone just to print the words ‘the end’ at the manuscript and feel pretty okay about the story as a whole. So … yay! Break out that champagne after all!

      I saw your big event announcement on facebook and I am super excited for you!! I can’t believe you pulled it together so quickly but HURRAY for you!! I’m definitely going to be reading the book and I can’t wait. πŸ™‚ Congrats!!

  3. Mae Clair says:

    I’m glad you’re taking the plunge and submitting a query. True, there is always the possiblity of rejection, but even that is part of a writer’s journey. Persistence pays off. Congrats on stepping out onto that limb!

    • stephanieingramauthor says:

      Thanks, Mae. πŸ™‚ It’s scary to take the chance but the worst that will happen is they’ll say ‘no’, right? I’ve got to start somewhere.

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