Journal

November 2016 Recap

Writing Days: 11

Editing: Yup more edits. Another round to fix some pacing problems.

Books Read:
The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin
The Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Guys, the sky must be falling, because I wrote a poem. It started off as a blog post, but just didn’t feel like prose. Now I’ve sent it off somewhere and who knows what will become of it, but it would amuse me a lot if it gets published.

In other news, a short horror/magic realism story of mine will likely be appearing in a charity anthology in January. I’m really glad this one found a home, because it was the toughest story I’ve ever written. It tapped into an accumulation of my personal fears and self-hate. It was the angriest thing I’ve ever written, which feels even more relevant now than it did at the time. More details later.

And now that I’m done with edits, I’m looking forward to doing some more writing. My goal is to finish my current first draft by the end of December. I figure it will take about 36k more words. It’s not quite a NaNoWriMo sprint, but that’s still a lot for me, figuring in the toddler and holidays coming around.

Meanwhile, I’m trying out the Pacemaker Planner to keep track of my writing progress. I LOVE charts. I love not having to track my word counts by hand too. Best of all you can track anything, including multiple projects, so this could be super handy for you writers. And so far I’m ahead of schedule, but it’s only been a week, SO fingers crossed and keyboard at the ready.

It’s honestly been hard to feel into the writing lately, but here’s hoping this writing sprint breaks through all those blocks in my head and my heart.