Yesterday I finished the last of the edits I set out to make! This is not the first time I have had a “final” draft of Finding ‘Ohana, and it won’t be the last, but that doesn’t change the fact that I feel an enormous sense of accomplishment.
My first “final” draft was at the end of last summer, and had about 30,000 words. My second “final” draft added about 5,000 words, and now my third “final” draft has 48,900 words!
All of this, by the way, reminds me of the Final Fantasy video games, named such because the creators thought it was their last run before going out of business. There have been… I think fourteen (?) Final Fantasy games since then.
I’ve always made fun of them for having oxymoron names like Final Fantasy III or IV, and especially Final Fantasy X-2.
Yet here I am, doing the same thing with my third “final” draft of Finding ‘Ohana. But, the important thing is, I am ready to send queries again. And when I inevitably get more declines from agents, hopefully I will get at least one more critique, which will lead me to yet another “final” draft. Finding ‘Ohana will be published and on bookshelves yet!