I did it! At long last, I've completed the first draft of my new manuscript.
Sure, it took about 27 months to complete. And I finished it while recovering from my second COVID shot, so I was feverish and crying the whole time which should make for an interesting re-read. And yes, I have to go back and fill in a couple of flashbacks that I just skipped over with tags like [INSERT FLASHBACK TO HS HERE]. And I know there's this one bit where I earmarked it with a note that reads "This suuuuuuuuuuucks!" because it reads like I wrote it at gun point and has no real purpose other than to remind readers that hey, this character is here, too.
But still: FIRST DRAFT COMPLETED.
I know there's a heap more work to do. But for now, I'm just enjoying the feeling of accomplishment, and it feels good.