After four and half years of writing and rewriting and finding an agent and finding a publishing house and tearing out my hair and jumping around in excitment and sending frantic emails and grousing about edits and changing character names and re-changing character names, and completely redoing the ending four or five times.... I have just emailed the final round of edits of my first middle grade novel to my editor. If all goes well, the manuscript goes to copyediting now.
I went crazy at the bookstore and bought nine books to celebrate the occasion. I plan to get drunk on fiction tonight. Woo!