So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen. adieu

There they go. Flying off to some sunny vacation spot, free from inner turmoil – or at least free from having to think about anything more intense than cream or no cream in their java.

I finished a book this weekend. Closed the Word file. Sent it off to my editor. Emerged from the cave where my cast of troubled characters have held me bound.

We’ve been through a lot together the last few months. There were times when I wanted to vaporize these people, times I wanted to take them out for fish tacos (that’s a good thing, amigos) and times I wanted to break out the magic wand and tap their problems to oblivion with just a flick of the wrist.

I’ve agonized over their woes, knowing I was the source and I pondered their deliverance, knowing I was the source of that, too. It’s an experience that is slightly Edenic in nature, being a novelist. It is a heady thing to hold the fate of half a dozen people in your hand.

In the end, no pun intended, I crafted for them – and for the future reader – a resolution I hope is believable, satisfying and cheeseless. The characters seemed happy with it. They know I’ve left them in a place where they can still mess it all up if they choose to. That’s part of the Edenic nature, too, isn’t it?

And so I wrote the last word, we embraced, and I told them how proud I was of their accomplishments. I helped them pack their bags, drove them to an imaginary airport and shooed them away with all the love and insistence of a parent sending a child off to summer camp.

We need a break from each other.

Goodbye, I called out to them. Enjoy your little vacation! Rest from your labors! Breathe deep the aroma of freedom and peace.

And for pity’s sake, don’t get into any trouble . . .

Author: Susan

This post has 4 Comments

  1. kalea_kane on September 2, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    OOOOH how exciting! 🙂 And…yummmmmmm fish tacos!

  2. Brittanie on September 3, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    When will a summary be available to read? It sounds great!

  3. Bonnie Grove on September 6, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    That’s great!

    So, uh, how did you handle it when they talked back to you, refused to do what you told them to, and questioned your judgment?

    Cuz…you know….not that that’s happened to ME…much. Just, ya know, wondering.

  4. Susan Meissner on September 8, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    hey, brittanie: that’s a great question! i will ponder it and pick a time when it seems i have enough distance to properly summarize this one. it is slated for a fall 2009 release. hey, bonnie, thanks for dropping by the edge. when the characters talk back the best thing you can do is just sit back and let them talk. when they finally shut up you pull out the nuggets from the gravel and you thank them for being so transparent with you. the nuggets you keep, the gravel you toss out with the kitty litter. . .

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