Cue Hallelujah Chorus and Grab a Box of Wine!

After three months of dragging my feet, weeping at deleted passages, and drowning in grammatical errors, I have finally finished the second draft of my novel. It stands at 98,330 words and it’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen.

You know what this means? I am one step closer to actually being published. I am one step closer to a dream that I’ve held in secret in my chest since I was in fifth grade and hiding from the world in the pages of my books. One. Step. Closer.

I have a box of red wine from Target just calling my name. Let the celebrations begin!

(And then tomorrow, when I’m awake and self-medicating with bacon, I’ll start moving forward again.)


Published by Ren Martinez

Ren is a thirty-something Lost Boy whose personal aesthetic is “suspected of witchcraft by local villagers.” She subscribes to cheerful nihilism, the destruction of the patriarchy, and the belief that glitter makes everything better. She is a Richmond-based writer and performer who has fiction and non-fiction work found in a variety of publications, such as The Mary Sue, RVA Magazine, The Quotable, and Nostrovia Press. She is currently the fiction editor and a regular contributor at Quail Bell Magazine. She is also the co-host of the podcast, This F***ing Guy! Find out more at or read her dumbass tweets on Twitter @itsrenmartinez

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