Howdy, folks! It’s been too long…
I figured I’d give a little update on what’s happening–or rather not happening–around these parts, with the blog and the novel.
I’ve actually started a Tumblr blog, which I post fairly regularly on. It’s become a catch-all for my writing, dieselpunk and interior design musings. I feel there’s more freedom for such a mix over there than, well, here.
What I’d like to do with Seven & a Half First Drafts, eventually, is give it a complete rehaul–visually and content-wise. Mostly, I intend to use it for official updates on my novel and quest to get my work published.
…But before I can do that, I have to actually finish said novel.
Unfortunately, there’s no way I’ll be getting the thing done before the end of the year as I’d originally hoped. With me finally securing a steady full-time job in my field and doing what I can to keep my own business running, I haven’t really set aside much energy or time towards writing. I swear, I must walk at least 8-10 miles a day at my new job; it’s that huge of a warehouse. The first couple of months have been incredibly exhausting for me, getting used to traversing the facility all day and basically using muscles I normally don’t use all that much, heh, what with pushing and lifting and moving furniture. (I’m afraid I wasn’t very active before this job; I’m a homebody through and through.)
Anyway, I am getting used to the new job, physically, and lately I am finding I’m less tired coming home than I used to be. There are still other challenges I must take into account to figure out a way to get this novel done within the next century, though (kidding, more like as soon as I can).
For one, I tend to write best in the mornings, but I currently go into work at 6am and get off at 2:30pm. The latest they’ll let me come in is at 8am then leave at 4:30, so if I did that I could work on the novel between maybe 5-ish or 5:40 and 6:40, since I live about 15 minutes from work and usually require about an hour to get ready with my uncooperative hair and whatnot…eh. However, I very much like having so much of the second half of the day available for other endeavors–such as my business. When I do have design projects to attend to, I use that time after work (2:30 onward) to visit clients’ homes and do research for their projects. It’s been slow lately, so I’m not always busy after the day job; but when I am busy with the design stuff I have zero time and energy for editing and writing.
I only work Monday through Friday, so technically I have the weekends completely free (unless it just works out that a Saturday or Sunday works best for me and a client to meet up). Though, for those who don’t know, I’m also involved in a long-distance relationship with a fine fellow who lives about three hours away. (He seriously uses phrases like “that’s swell” and has a story he’s working on which involves Amelia Earhart and Nikola Tesla time-traveling, so that should give you some idea of how awesome he is! *winks*) But anyway, unless we both have (holi)days off or something, we can only meet on the weekends.
Every other weekend, typically, for financial reasons.
In short, there are a lot of things to juggle. But I really do want to get this Element 7 project out into the world, so I’ll have to figure something out.
I suppose getting off at 4:30 wouldn’t be too bad… It’d still leave some time for afternoon appointments. Just means I still have to be up and editing at like 5am ’cause I prefer to have at least an hour and a half to really dig in and focus on the scene I’m editing.
In any case, I got through another scene today, so yay. It’s more than I’ve done in the past couple of months anyway, heh. (Sad, I know.)
We’ll see. I’ll keep y’all posted. Just know I ain’t altogether dropped out of this race just yet.