In this extra 3/4 of a mile, I pretty much came up with the final really exciting climax of the book. The end is going to have to work itself out but I know pretty much how it needs to go. This climax was something I didn't really have yet but it fit the whole story perfectly.
A week or two ago I purchased the book '2013 Guide to Literary Agents' on Amazon and I started reading through it a few nights ago. I'm really excited about the whole process I'm going to go through to see if I can get my book published. Here's my planned timeline:
December 31, 2013: Finish the first draft
January-March, 2013: First read through and edit (also take notes on major issues I need to work on..I'm going to take advice from Veronica Roth and her blog post entitled Revision, Day One: The Read Through).
March 3, 2013: Turning 30 (AHHHHHHH)!
March, 2013: Sending the manuscript to my friend in Louisiana for a first read through (thanks Dan!)
April-May, 2013: Revisions and more revisions (tips from Dan and second read through after fixing major issues)
June, 2013: Sending inquiries to agents
July and on, 2013: Get an agent, publish book, become successful best-selling novelist.
Some of those things might not go exactly as planned but it's a rough estimate.
So yea...lookin good! :)
I'm allowed to be disgustingly optimistic right now because I'm still just writing the first draft...after I get a million rejections I'll definitely change my tune.