Finished!

Friday, 10 February 2012

Anna Duncan

I don't usually use exclamation marks in my post titles, that should tell you something. Guess what everyone? I finished my book. It's done, submitted to my publisher and as of yesterday, it officially entered the production phase. Of course, this production process will take a few months, and so the book will not be in stores just yet. But still, a momentous day for me, full of relief. I feel like for the past few months I've been poised on the edge of something, sort of like the dancer in this photo. And now, all I want to do is let go of the poise, collapse on the sand, and sleep.

Thanks for all your support. In the past few months, I've received so many kind emails, comments and tweets. They really meant a lot to me. This weekend, for the first time in ages, I plan to do absolutely nothing. I may even get up late and watch television all day. How's that for being a rebel? Have a great weekend everyone!

Image credit: Anna Duncan photographed by Arnold Genthe.

53 comments:

Nancy Baric *negfilm said...

i am so happy and proud of you!!! xxn

Jane Flanagan said...

Congratulations! I'm so happy for you. xx

Rebeccak said...

Amazing! Mazel tov!

Danielle P. said...

It must be such a mixture of pride and relief to have achieved this! Congratulations... and enjoy your well-deserved farniente!

Natalie said...

Oh my goodness! Congratulations Hila! That is such wonderful news! Please tell us when it is available to purchase. Honestly, that has to be one of the best feelings in the world. You completely deserve a week of waking up late and watching television all seven days. haha Have fun on your staycation! :D

melancholyswan.com said...

Mazel tov darling!

Acacia

rooth said...

AHHH!! Congrats! Take a well deserved break and recharge - you'll need it for the excitement to come

Becca said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! What a fine accomplishment! I hope you celebrate with something delicious.

Heather said...

Wonderful!! Congratulations!

Joy said...

that is the perfect photo for this post. congrats congrats congrats!!!!!! (there can never be too many exclamation marks for this occasion)

Mallory said...

Hurrah, hurrah, hurrah! & one more hurrah for good measure.

3 MAIGLÖCKCHEN said...

congratulations!!!

Sarah Rooftops said...

Congratulations!

etre-soi said...

so happy for you, that must be a wonderful sensation. Enjoy your free time now :)

Jessica said...

This is really something to celebrate. A huge achievement. You deserve one million exclamation marks X

Jess said...

I love this photo, it really captures what you must be feeling:) Congratulations on a awesome achievement!!

Jess x
http://pinkindielondon.blogspot.com/

Accidentalwriter said...

What an amazing sense of excitement and relief you must be feeling right now. Perhaps you will have more time to notice the sand in between your toes as you wander along the beach. This photograph conveys a wonderful sense of freedom and tranquility. Enjoy!!!!

Petra said...

congratulations!!! go and do nothing. you deserve it!!! I'm so happy for you :)

xx

Chuck said...

CONGRATULATIONS! How exciting! x

Monica said...

ah, what a sense of completion, relief, satisfaction, you must be feeling!
huge congrats, it's birthing a creative baby.

one day i will be writing a similar post :)

megan said...

congratulations, hila! what wonderful news.

Pinelopi said...

Congratulations!!!I'm really happy for you!!

Karin said...

Congratulations on this huge accomplishment! Now enjoy your well deserved relaxation. :)

erica lorraine scheidt said...

grand. super grand.

Caro said...

Nice. Congrats dear! I'm excited for it to become available.

PS. I have really missed reading your blog the last few weeks. Back in college and all the time suck that goes with it.

Liza said...

Congratulations! What an incredible achievement.

Sarah Allegra said...

Oh, congratulations!! You must be thrilled. You absolutely deserve a rest! Enjoy your weekend, you have more than earned it :)

elliottwithlove said...

Congrats, Hila! What an accomplishment! :D

Lin said...

Sleep, eat, sleep some more ... Oodles of congratulations to you for such a huge accomplishment. Enjoy your not so busy weekend. (And I like your exclamation point!)

Iren said...

Congratulations! this is a big milestone...
Wow, this feeling... you have to savour it with all your body cells...

Rambling Tart said...

HOORAY! HOORAY! SO thrilled for you, Hila! Can't wait to see your book in my bookstore. :-)

Tracey said...

Congratulations Hila!! I'm so happy, proud and excited for you! :)

Enjoy doing nothing for a while ... and catch up on some sleep! ;)

See Hear Say said...

congratulations hila! very very exciting!

Hotly Spiced said...

Wow! Enormous congratulations. You must be so elated and relieved. What a tremendous achievement! So it's all done now and you just have to wait for the printed work to be delivered. What an exciting time. I think you deserve two days in front of the TV because I can imagine how focused you must have been for the journey of this book. Can't wait to purchase my copy.

Hotly Spiced said...

Hmmm, I wrote a comment. I don't know what happened. Basically I said you must be ecstatic and very relieved and that I think you deserve two days in front of the TV because I can imagine this has been all-consuming for some time. What a tremendous achievement and I am so happy for you and cannot wait to purchase a copy. Well done!

RetreatingAndAdvancing said...

How exciting! Congrats and enjoy your free time :)

Susanna-Cole King said...

Oh, congratulations, Hila! I admire your drive so much, and you inspire me to finish a book myself someday (sooner than later, I like to hope), despite that I suspect I'm the slowest writer ever. I've begun a new series on my blog, briefer, but should encourage me to write more and post more frequently ... writing is like a muscle, and frankly, I don't use it all that much, so I'm hoping pushing myself to write more, will get me in better shape as a writer. :)

Hope you enjoy your weekend celebrating and relaxing. <3

odessa said...

wow, hila! congrats! i am so very happy for you. go ahead and watch tv all you want. you certainly deserve it. cheers! xxo

CloudyKim said...

WOW! Congrats! That's the best news ever :)

Also, the photo you posted is just perfect :D

Sasha said...

That certainly deserves an exclamation point! Congratulations! Enjoy your new found free time. :)

yelena bryksenkova said...

congratulations, hila! what a sense accomplishment you must feel. that's wonderful news :)

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Fen said...

congratulations! have fun watching television all day (and eat lots of yummy celebratory food!) :) x

Maša said...

you know you're amazing, don't you? :)

heleen said...

Oh hooray! Hooray! Congratulations! Indulge in some well-deserved time for yourself. I suggest movies and cookies and music and literature; infallible and instant relaxation.

twinkilingeyes said...

that is so cool :):):)
Congratulations Hila!cheers!

Naomi Bulger said...

Fantastic, fantastic news and what a colossal achievement. I hope you enjoy a long and well-deserved rest. Congratulations! I am so happy for you and can't wait to read the finished product.

Jo said...

Congratulations!! I am so happy for you!! You definitely deserve to let go of the poise, collapse on that sand, and sleep!
I know it will take a while still, but I am very much looking forward to reading it!!

Gracia said...

Yes, just like the dancer in this photo. Congratulations to you, she exclaimed. Bravo!

Siubhan said...

Such congratulations, Hila (belated, but meant all the same!). While I've never actually written a book (I'll leave that to the experts), I know exactly the relief when it gets sent off to production! No matter the stress & work beforehand, it always seems to feel fresh and new when it arrives back as a real book - how exciting.

I hope you enjoyed your doing nothing weekend!

amy said...

yaaaaaay! :)

P R I M O E Z A said...

such an achievement. congrats hila!

Ana said...

Very good news! Congratulations! Hope to see it published soon and hope you had your deserved lazy weekend :)

Hila said...

Thank you SO MUCH! You're all champs :)

I really appreciate all your support and kind words.

xoxo