Saturday, April 07, 2007
Racing to the finish line....
Have you seen the movie Stripes, starring Bill Murray and the late, great John Candy? It's about a couple of guys who join the army and endure basic training. Other things ensue, but for my money, the film really ends with their graduation ceremony.
At one point, the men are running an obstacle course. As their platoon commander looks on, John Candy et al come running down the hill, screaming, arms flailing, like a bunch of zombies hopped up on something.
I am at that point in my manuscript where I feel like one of those soldiers. I have run part of the obstacle course (the most difficult part, to my mind) and am careering and careening toward the finish line, which is now in sight. If I'm screaming, it's with joy, not frustration or dismay.
Not that I'll be done the first time I type "The End" (and yes, I actually do that). Oh, no. It'll be back to the start of the course. But this time, I'll know the route, so hopefully, I won't wind up smashing into a wall or falling flat on my face.
Yep, the end is nigh -- in a good way!