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April 2017

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I finally got up the nerve to launch The Path of the Dragonfly out into the world. I kept procrastinating with it, coming up with all sorts of excuses. "I've got a lot of gardening to do in Wizard 101." "I think I'll start the sequel." "The kitchen needs cleaning." "The Lord of the Rings special features are calling to me."

At long last, just before Christmas, I spent two late nights breaking the story into chapters and tweaking it one last time. Today I sent it in an email to my publisher. Now I have to find the patience to wait for the response, which can take a couple of months. I'm not worried about being rejected - I haven't been yet - but I can't wait to see it on my Amazon author page. Yes, I am a child.

I finish a book, any book, with mixed feelings. It's a relief and a joy to write "The End" at last. But then I'm frustrated because I'm not done with enjoying my characters. This particular book, I was so reluctant to leave them that I wrote little novellas about their lives before and after the story itself. I plan to put those on my web page, if there is anyone interested. I still have to finish one of them first.

As for the sequel, I procrastinated so long that I now have 31,070 words, most written during NaNoWriMo, of course. Plus I have an outline that takes me to the end of the book. I would really like to keep this up, as I have so many other books that are close to being ready to publish. I need Super Glue for my butt in the chair.