Editing My Way Into (Relative) Sanity
To understand the title of this post, you need to understand that I’ve been having a long, shitty week at the day job. I mean, seriously, I’ve been back from my vacation for almost two weeks and I’m now in need of a month-long vacation to recover. Either that or winning the lottery so that I can call in rich and write full-time. Both are equally likely, resting in the long-shot to mission-impossible category.
It’s been so rough that, by the time I got home today, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to edit. Really. I was drained and wanted to curl up asleep for the rest of forever. Mindful of my careful schedule of editing, I let myself play God of War 2 for a half hour to de-stress (and imagine doing bad things to certain people), before marshalling myself back to editing. Shockingly, it worked. Well, that and the editing itself worked. Remember what I’ve said before, writing (and related activities like editing) is my prozac. I’m not kidding. After today, I’m certain that I’m not even exaggerating on that one.
So I’m feeling much better now, in addition to still being wonderfully on schedule. I have this horrid feeling I’ll be in the same crappy state after work tomorrow, but at least I know how to do something about it so I can keep on track. As it stands, I’m probably going to get at least most of the way through chapter 24 before I call it a night, out of 27 chapters. I’m totally going to get it done in time. You have no idea how shocked I am right now.
I haven’t read through the whole outline for Where The Ether Flows yet, but I’ve done a few parts. I swear, I have a good excuse. I spent some time at lunch yesterday adding in those missing pieces that had been hiding in my iPod, and the most amazing thing happened. I’m sure I heard my outline sigh when I did. You know that sigh you give when someone scratching your back finds the exact right spot, relieving the itch that’s been bugging you for weeks? Yeah, that’s what I swear my outline did. It feels like it’s right, even without having gone through the whole thing. I will read through it all tomorrow. That’s my plan and I’m sticking to it, but I now feel more confident about what will happen when I do. Also, the parts that I did end up reading while adding those extra bits were excellent. I think I’m well set up to have a great Camp NaNo.
Oh, the other thing those missing bits did was to unlock something I knew was missing so far from my notes for book 2 of the Necromantic trilogy, a thread of the story that needed to begin in Ether Flows, really. Yay, so I sat there and scribbled away (well, tapped, because it was on my iPad). Writing-wise, life is looking good. If only the rest of my life would be so cooperative.