It’s been a long road,
Getting from there to here.
It’s been a long time.
But my time is finally near.
I can feel a change in the wind right now.
Nothing’s in my way.
And they’re not going to hold me down no more.
No, they’re not going to hold me down.
Cause I’ve got faith of the heart.
I’m going where my heart will take me.
I’ve got faith to believe,
I can do anything.
I’ve got strength of the soul.
And no one’s going to bend or break me.
I can reach any star.
I’ve got faith, I’ve got faith,
Faith of the heart.
It’s been a long night,
Trying to find my way.
Been through the darkness.
Now I finally have my day.
I will see my dream come alive at last,
I will touch the sky.
And they’re not going to hold me down no more,
They’re not going to change my mind.
I’ve known the wind so cold
And seen the darkest days.
But now the winds I feel
Are only winds of change!
I’ve been through the fire,
And I’ve been through the rain,
But I’ll be fine.
I’ve got faith, I’ve got faith,
faith of the heart.
It’s been a long road.
Today, I went back to the beginning, all the way back to Rose of Shanhasson. I pulled up the original series theme song, Faith of the Heart, sung by Rod Stewart, and played it on an endless loop.
I brought 300,000+ words full circle. Back to Dalden Bay, standing on the Sentinel, looking out over the waters. Only Shannari’s answer was very, very different this time.
And yes, like a complete and utter sap, I bawled.
This ending has been a long time in coming. Five years to be exact. I’ve dreamed and dreamed and dreamed this story. Gregar haunted me. Sal mocked me. Rhaekhar threatened to challenge me a dozen times if I ever once thought about quitting.
I’m ashamed to say, I did, more than once. But not for long. I couldn’t. This story would not let me go, and I’m so thankful that it didn’t. Five years of growing pains, agony, blood, sweat and tears, have all gone into this story, and even in the darkest night, the moon shone all the brighter.
NaNo final count: 105,340
Snippet: Final line, subject to revision.
Now, my heart, I run to you.
10 thoughts on “NaNo Day 52 – THE END”
*bawls just thinking about it*
Congratulations, Joely! I am in the midst of telling a long, tangled tale, and now I’m inspired by all your hard work.
Happy happy day! Congratulations!
Thanks, guys! I greatly appreciate it! I’m still doing the Snoopy dance!!! 😀 😀
*does snoopy dance with you*
Sorry I’m late with this but…..CONGRATS JOELY!!!! So happy for you and this series an YEE I can’t wait to read it in full! So amazing and exciting, bravo!
Yaaaa-hoooo, Joely!!! That’s so, so awesome! I am so impressed with your dedication and tenaciousness. 😀 I, too, will be on the edge of my seat waiting to read the whole thing! 😀
Thank you so much, Soleil and Bethanie! Your constant comments definitely helped spur me toward the end!
Yay, Joely!!! Congrats!!!!!!!!!!! This is so fantastic. Gah. Be so so proud of yourself! I am snoopy dancing over here for you! 😀
I haven’t even read the book and that final line makes me want to bawl. YOU GO GIRL! Congratulations! Now take a very well deserved break and enjoy your holiday. Merry Christmas!
I am so proud of you! That’s amazing. Celebrate in style!