I finished The Novel today. Well, not finished, but I passed a marker and have a beta draft almost ready to mail/print for the brave few that have agreed to read it and offer an opinion so that I can do the really real final draft before I start looking for an agent who can then tell me to change it some more so they can find a publisher who will undoubtedly have just a few more suggestions.
It's depressing when I think of it that way, so I'm just going to bask in the moment and enjoy the feeling of finishing. Not the penultimate draft, maybe, but a penultimate draft. The first of several.
I hope the second one is a bit easier than this one... And I will now proceed to do the happy dance.