Tonight I am sitting at my computer, staring at the screen, and listening to the rain pour down outside. After three years of false starts, countless months of self doubt and several weeks of honest work, I have just finished my first draft of my first novel. It’s 58,642 words of Scottish-flavored, cozy mystery goodness, and I’m taking a moment to bask in the accomplishment.

Huge thanks to the other writers, readers and random Internet friends who helped me at every stage of this journey. I will never again underestimate the supportive power of a community when faced with an impossible task.

Now, time to find a developmental editor, a line editor, a cover artist, a marketing plan, etc. (which, in all honestly, will probably have to wait until tomorrow).