5.28.2009

Cookie Completion

Let this post stand as a testament to determination, literacy, contrivances, plot devices, randomness, creampuffs, and above all else, unmitigated genius—for last night, on the 27th of May of the year 2009, Krispy and I completed our first long term collaboration.

The Christmas Cookie is complete. It is baked. It is fragrant and delicious. There are further cosmetic plans for it currently underway, but the text itself stands alone as a monumental effort some six months in the making.

Final word count is ~105,000 words. It can be done. 80,000 is average novel length. We can do it. We did it. We are amazing. Yes, I am stroking our egos madly, but mostly I am impressed that we pulled so much off in such a short time span.

Collaboration works! It really, really does. I think that I'd been attempting to write this solo, it would have petered off any number of times, and gone in fits and starts, and eventually it would have trailed off while I moved on to something else and only came back a year later to work on another couple of pages before prancing off again. But the creative madness that ensued in playing page ping-pong with someone else served as sufficient motivational force to keep us writing on a regular basis, I think.

This is probably the most writing I've ever gotten out of Krispy on such a consistently regular day-to-day basis. Thank you, Krispy, and congratulations. KEEP IT UP. ♥♥♥

4 comments:

David de Beer said...

well done you two! so, when will it be time for the rest of us to read, I mean nibble on, the cookie?

Danyelle said...

Yay for the word count and for finishing! Congrats, you two. :D

Alz said...

David: Thanks! Alas, but thou must suffereth yon hunger pangs for a while longer--for as this cookie was intended for our friend's muchly belated Christmas present, she has first nibbling rights...and she won't be able to receive it in person for several weeks yet.

Danyelle: Thank you! It is immensely satisfying to have completed it at long last, even though it has also left us feeling slightly sad...literary postpartum depression or empty nest syndrome, I guess. D:

Krispy said...

I don't think it's meant for human consumption. I feel like this is going to be one of those things I look back on and go, "SOMETHING IS WRONG IN MY BRAIN, ALSO HOW DID I COME UP WITH THIS???"

Alz, you're a slave driver! D:

David, Dani - Thank you muchly! :D