Georgette is nothing if not a drama queen, and in imitation of my character, I fist pumped and sauntered around the garret a few times when I wrote the ending--because (yes!!) I've been working on this book on and off for over two years. And (yes!!) I have a draft, a complete story all written.
It's not ready to roll out yet, of course. Over the next few weeks, I'll edit it through, then give it to a few readers and then later edit through it again when I prepare it for submission. If I'm lucky enough to find a home for it, it'll pass three or four time between me and my editor and then through the hands of a copy editor and then back to me for a final crossing of the t's and dotting of the i's. In other words, it's a looong process.
In truth, I don't mind. I've come to like the editing part of my work, I love polishing and refining, trying to make a book the best it can be.
For now, I can take some satisfaction in having a draft.