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Another Month Done

I am still getting my head around the fact that it’s March already. I always seem to forget that Feb is a short month – in any event, I managed to get through the revision of my novella, which was my primary goal. Yippee!

University has officially started for the year and I’m struggling to get my head back in the study game. The readings for the first two weeks are ridiculous (6 chapters of the text PLUS articles!) but thankfully it evens out a bit after that (1 chapter a week).

So, with that in mind, I’m taking the next week or so off from revision and am going to spend the time catching up on the other things that need my attention – I have books to read, stories to give feedback on, and study to do. My next major project is also revision (Sun-Touched, my darling, I’m finally getting back to you!) and I feel like it’s important to take a breather between projects. I’m hoping to write a new short story as well, which should be really fun.

Some of my writing buddies are reading my novella this month, so I’m feeling a little nervous and excited about hearing back from them. Feels like a while since I’ve had a critique done, but I guess you get that when you’re working on longer stories.

Right, that’s it for me for now! What have you got planned for March?

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Squeee

The kitchen is coming today! I am so amped about it, I just wish I had the time (and extra hands) to get the work done sooner rather than later – there is still a lot to get done. Most of it will have to wait until next pay (mid september), but the next few days will see the new laundry area coming to completion and it will be so exciting not to have the washing machine and dryer in the kitchen.

Anyways… I got back into the editing yesterday and it felt really good. Only 7 chapters to go! Though I still have a few things that I need to go back and add, I don’t think that’s going to take too long and I can easily do it when I read it aloud, which will be the next step. Several good writer friends have recommended this, so I am going to give it a go.

I realized that I could do endless revision. I could keep editing, keep sending it out to people to get more feedback to edit again and again, but I don’t want to do that. I’m not going to. This is the last lot of edits I am going to do, and then I’m going to submit the beast and move on. I’ve put in a lot of hard work, it’s a good story that a heap of people have enjoyed. I’ve had fun with it, learned so much on it, and it’s getting near time to be finished. And I’m totally at peace with that. If it gets published, awesome. If it doesn’t, then that’s no biggie, I have four other novels sitting around waiting for me to get back to them, a trilogy that needs finishing, several other novels waiting to be written… endless things to write. I love this novel, but it’s not the only novel in me, and in this business you can’t pin your hopes on one story, that would be insanity.

So seven days from now, I should be done with the chapters, then I will read it aloud and hopefully get through more than one chapter a day (I’ve been cruising a bit, despite it being hard to find time, I think I could squeeze more out of my day). And then I’m calling it done and will pick my next project while I do some research for submitting Lifelines.

I feel really good about where I am at, and so positive. I love telling stories, and it’s wonderful when people enjoy those stories – which means I’ve gotten a lot out of this already, anything else is a beautiful bonus.