Ring the bells, grab that good bottle of red from the back of the cupboard, I’ve finally finished DOUGLAS DODD’S WOMEN. My deadline was the beginning of January, so I’m four weeks late, but without putting myself on the spot, I’d still be floundering around at 40,000 words.

Finished isn’t finished, of course. Lots of polishing and tinkering still to do. But the story is there, I knew where I wanted to go and, finally, I got there. It’s a good feeling, especially as I haven’t yet sent it out and received any of those dreaded rejections…