Been working steady on Survivor and am up to 7k new words. Not bad, for a book I haven’t looked at in over a year, and with a million plot threads to interweave to boot.
It’s coming slowly. I figure it would be for awhile, while I got my bearings. Diving feetfirst into Laura’s world wasn’t the most comfy way to start — but if I got tangled up in details, I’d never get there.
I’ve issued myself a challenge: finish this damned thing THIS YEAR. It’s been 4 years since I started it, and it has haunted me for about that long. Pirouette is in stasis right now, awaiting its One Pass Revision (method developed by Holly Lisle that I’ll be trying out). I set a tentative start date for it to begin on July 14th, exactly a month after I finished the book. We’ll see how I feel as that day comes closer. I know that currently, I’m not ready to begin, and it’s not Survivor. It’s just the distance I need. I’ve thought a bit about it here and there, but for the most part, I’ve not thought about it much at all. To give myself distance and objectivity. So if I’m not ready come July 14th, that’s ok. I’ll give it some more time. I still want to finish that and get it critted/beta’ed/polished AND send it out by the end of the year. If I work hard, and fast, and get good feedback, I believe that’s still possible. We shall see.
This year is shaping up to be pretty productive so far.
On the indexing front…I’ve been taking a break from it to assess what to do next. Last time I worked on it, I broke my brain. 😦 So….I waffled a bit, thinking of scrapping it, thinking that I just wasn’t getting it, and then I had a revelation. I think I understand it now. Why I faltered, why I was so confused. I still want to try, b/c I’m not a quitter, but I needed that distance, too. Desparately.
So sometime soon, after I move most likely, unless I have some dead time coming, I’ll take another crack at that practice index and see if I can make it happen. If not, then maybe I’m just not cut out for it. But we’ll see. Perhaps I will surprise myself.
Wedding plans progressing nicely. I just chose –and bought–my wedding dress. It’s funny, but when I pictured myself in a wedding dress, it wasn’t the one I ultimately picked. It’s similar, but it took me by surprise. The dress is beautiful, perfect in every way, and is just amazing. Everyone I talked to said that you just know when you find The Dress — and I did. I could envision myself walking down the aisle in it. And I’m happy about it. It’s perfect.
Photographer, reception hall, and the chapel are all booked. Now we’re dealing with the fun of apartment hunting — hit some snags — but I’m confident that things will work out. Very confident, for no apparent reason, just that I am. I believe it, not just superficially, but with everything I have. Much how I believe that I’ll be published. I can’t prove it, or tell the future, or anything — but I just know. I also know when. Well, approximately. My powers only go so far. 😉 *winks*
So look for snippets and more progress from mine own hands soon.