Ending a series is both exciting and sad. Exciting, because at last you have the opportunity to wrap it all up with a nice big bow and deliver to the readers who've been asking..."what happens next???"
Sad because it's time to leave that world you've created and move on. In the past when I've finished a book, I've always had this terrified little voice in the back of my head asking...but what if you can't think of anything else to write after this? (Yes, that voice has an intimate relationship with the one that says, "You're no good anyway. Just quit.") Needless to say, those voices are not my friends.
With the completion of my 7th novel, I was happy to be able to tell that stupid voice to shut up. I have more ideas right now than I know what to do with. I'm sad to leave the world of Fennore behind, but I'm also glad to jump into my new world with my new people.
It's a bit early, but I'm also thinking of my New Year's Resolutions. I've decided that 2012 is going to be a year of reinvention. I'm looking at myself and my career, assessing what I've done right and re-evaluating what I think I've done wrong. I hope to emerge new and improved--Erin Quinn, 2.0. A faster, more skilled, happier writer.
Things I'm going to throw out? Stress. It's gotten me nowhere but tired. I'm going to quit worrying about all the stupid little details that I have no control of and embrace the creator in me. Creation doesn't care about numbers and deadlines. Creation cares about creating the best thing it can. Creation IS my friend.
So look for some new stuff from Erin Quinn next year. I hope you'll like what you see.
What are you thinking should go on your New Year's resolutions list?