Weekly Update, Week 15

 As of today, I have worked 111 days in a row. I am now working on what was going to be chapter 7 but might actually become  chapter 5. There is still a possibility it won’t be a chapter at all. After I finish editing, I will make the final decision about it. Then  I will only have the conclusion and the bibliography. I am making progress and I think I will meet the May deadline.

Weekly Update, Week 14

It is December, which is amazing. Officially, NaNoWriMo has come and gone since it is only for the month of November. I, however, am still on my prolonged NaNoWriMo journey. NaNoWriMo says, if I keep to my current pace, I will complete my goal by Feb 9. This would mean I would have to work almost three hours a day.

My goal is to complete the work before my birthday in February. I will be 70, so I would like to have a relaxing, romantic weekend away with my husband.

I am still deciding about chapter 7. Since I can’t reach a decision, I’ve started reviewing the edits from my editor. Hopefully, the tedious work will bring clarity about my decision.

My plan is to work for about 2.5 hours a day so I can go away for my birthday.


 

 


 

Weekly Update – Week 13

As of today, I have  worked 97 days in a row; over 3 months. I am close to finishing chapter 6. Then I will have to decide about chapter 7. Last week I did some editing of it and the remaining material may not be a chapter. It is possibly an extended anecdote but not a chapter.

My current plan is to finish chapter 6 and then the conclusion. After I have sent them to the editor, I plan to read the complete manuscript without chapter 7. I am reading it to see if the information in chapter 7 is necessary for my story. If it isn’t, then the bibliography will come next.

If I feel I need the information and material from chapter 7, I will go back and do that work. I am ahead of schedule, which is great. According to NaNoWriMo, at my current pace, I will reach my goal in early February. That would be spectacular.

BiWeekly Update, Weeks 11 and 12

It completely slipped my mind last week that I had a blog post to write. I gave myself the morning off. I attended Renewal services at the JCA which were lovely. After that, I went ice skating in Westfield. It was nice to take some time off.

As of yesterday, I have worked for 89 days straight. Today will be my 90th. I earned a badge from NaNoWriMo for reaching the halfway mark. According to them, I will finish on February 3rd. Of course, that just means I will have worked the total number of hours I originally committed to. It doesn’t mean that I will be done with all the work I need to do before I send the manuscript to the publisher,

I am currently working on the sixth chapter. I have already done all the editing of the 8th and final chapter. As I was working this past week, it occurred to me I don’t need chapter 7. I don’t know if I thought that because I really want to be done. That is one possibility.

My creative nonfiction teacher, Carolyn, emphasized the importance of avoiding redundant examples. I am now contemplating whether chapter 7 makes points I have already made or new ones. Deciding that will determine whether or not I keep it.

Weekly Update, Week 10

I find it hard to believe I have been working on the manuscript for seventy-six days straight. I’m trying to strike a balance between revising for the best possible manuscript and acknowledging the need for a hard stop. Even if I worked on it forever, I would probably not think it was perfect.

The process of editing and revising the current chapter has been interesting. I cut some material I thought was unnecessary . Then I  added some material to amplify the remaining topics. Right now, it is the number of pages it was when I stated. It is like moving around puzzle pieces to get a clearer picture.

Weekly Update, Week 9

The grind continues. I did up my game this past week. One day I worked four hours: another five. It has been sixty-nine days, and I don’t see an end in sight. I would like a day off, but that doesn’t seem possible. Next weekend we might see family which would make a pleasant change.

Right now, I am working on Chapter 5. After that I will have two more chapters and the conclusion to go over and then send to the editor. Each chapter is taking a different amount of time to go through. The footnotes are the most tedious part. I am not sure if anyone reads them, but I can’t shake my historian training. I am doing them, but on some level it seems pointless.

 

 

Weekly Update, Week 8

I have now worked for sixty-two straight days. A couple of times this past week, I worked for six hours. I took a long look at my calendar and made some tough decisions about what I can and cannot do for the next six months while I try to finish this manuscript. As a result, I resigned from three committees and canceled my Y membership. I am trying to reschedule some ongoing commitments. I felt great after I did this with a real sense of freedom. It was a wonderful feeling to look at my google calendar and have a lot of clear space. Doing this enabled me to work those six-hour days.

 

Weekly Update, Week 7

It is Saturday. I thought this would be a better day to post than Friday, but now I am not sure. I have been working so hard on the book that the blog honestly feels like a distraction. There probably isn’t a day where I would feel like I have enough time to post..

I assumed this would happen, which is why I planned on just doing statistical updates about my progress. Now that even feels like too much. I know it would not be good to have this website go dark for the next six and a half months. It is just that I feel panicked about getting everything done in time to meet the May 2024 deadline.

For now, I am just going to muddle through. I have now worked 55 days straight, averaging about two and a half hours a day. To finish on time, I have to step it up considerably. Today I worked almost four hours which is better. I am thinking about clearing the decks of all my extracurricular activities so I can have several totally free days to work. I’ll let you know if I do.

Weekly Update, Week 6

This past week I worked nine and a half hours. Since I started, I have edited the manuscript a total of 121 hours or over 20 hours a week.

I am going to change my posting day from Friday to Saturday. My next post will be October 14th and will cover eight days of work.

Wish me luck!

Weekly Update, Number 5

I have now worked for forty days straight. According to NaNoWriMo, I average close to 3 hours a day. Mostly, it is exhausting and anxiety provoking. I feel like a hamster on a wheel. Wake up – work. Next day – wake up, work. Endless. The good news is that I finished editing another chapter. Four down, six to go.

I have plans to fly to Florida next week. Because of the pending governmental shutdown, everything is up in the air (no pun intended). I don’t enjoy flying in the best of circumstances. Thinking about doing it when there will either be pissed off traffic controllers who aren’t getting paid or less of them is terrifying. I hate the Republicans.