(Reed’s Playlist for the day: Ol’ Shoshone from the Firewatch OST)
It’s been three months, twenty-five days, and twenty-one hours since I wrote the first words of Symphony of Legend. Now I am done.
Before any of you wonderful souls ask, I’m not taking alpha readers right now. Certain parts of the manuscript are more polished than others, but mostly it’s a first draft and needs to be locked away for a few months before I come back to it. I will let you all know as soon as I’ve worked on it enough to have readers take a look.
It came in at 154,173 words, and it’s been one of the most important things I’ve ever written, for my own purposes. It deals with a lot of themes I’m struggling with right now – how the world views mental health and mental illness, our disregard for the environment, what it means to be a new adult in society, and how friendships and relationships break and repair. Even if it doesn’t attract a single publisher, it will always mean that much to me.
I want to thank everyone who offered me any measure of support, criticism, or advice while I was working on this novel. It may not be the first writing project I’ve finished, but it means so much more to me than anything else I’ve written.
Fuck, this is bittersweet.
I’m going to take a long weekend and get back to you all with quality content on Monday or Tuesday of next week. I love you all, and I hope your writing projects end up as well as mine has.