It's Two Thirty in the morning. I have just finished Lord Alexander's Cipher; or, the Bridekirk Behemoth.
When I say "finished" I mean that I have just typed those two magic words, "The End". There is plenty for me still to do. Firstly I need to check for consistency throughout. My hero and my heroine definitely reach the end of the book with the same names as they began it, but I have probably managed to swap over the names of the fat loquacious villain and the thin silent villain halfway through, and who knows whether the same butler has stayed in the same household from start to finish? Then I need to ensure that the hero's personality flaws, so critical to the climax of the story, are properly flagged up early on, and that the heroine's character development actually happens on the page and not just in my mind. I also need to do what I can to improve the bits that read like a pile of poo.
All that to be done in half-a-dozen evenings and a weekend, so that I can get the typescript submitted to the RNA's New Writers' Scheme.
But it still feels good to have gotten this far.