Weekly Update, Week 25

I have not been working as consistently as I did in the beginning of this process. It is partly because I am close to being done, but also because life happens. This past weekend, my family came to celebrate my birthday, which is on February 25.

We had a lovely time attending a University of Massachusetts women’s basketball game and going out to dinner. The biggest gift was all being together.

I am still doing a final edit of the chapters and am working on chapter 6 at the moment. One problem that will probably affect how much work I get done this coming week is that my computer broke. I tripped on my cord yesterday causing the top lid hinge to break. It still works, but I cannot really close it. My computer repairman is ordering the part. When the part  comes, it will be about an hour of work to complete the repair.

This is the third time I have needed a new lid. I have had some kind of repair to almost every part of this computer. Some other things have been repaired twice. I dread getting a new computer, so it is easier to keep repairing this one. Eventually some repair will be prohibitively expensive, thus necessitating purchase of a new computer.

Weekly Update, Week 23

I apologize for the lateness of this post. I had a busy weekend and today is the first day I could get to it. I have finished the bibliography which feels great. I’m now going through each chapter for a last check . I have done the first chapter and, of course, there were a few typos and some missing citations. I am sure that will be true for the remaining chapters as well. At some point, I will have to accept that it will not be perfect and say I am finished.

I am working on getting permission for the pictures I want to use in the book. Luckily some are out of copyright and I have gotten one for free. I am also going to think about the marketing of the book, beginning with pre- publication publicity.

Weekly Update, Week 17

Yesterday marked my completion of 125 consecutive days working on my manuscript. I’m done with chapter 7. It is staying as chapter 7 and I sent it to the editor. All I have left to revise is the conclusion. To shift my brain a little, I spent two days going over chapter 5, which the editor has already gone through,

Once I have submitted the conclusion to the editor, the work I will have left is going through his edits for chapter 5, 6, 7, and the conclusion. After that, comes the bibliography.

For NaNoWriMo, I’ve continued updating my production every single day. Although it seems counterproductive, I’m hesitant to stop. I can’t wait until I am done with the book. I feel like I don’t have enough time to lead my life.

Weekly Update, Week 16

As of yesterday, I have worked consistently for 117 days. The seventh chapter is what I have been working on. I’ve finally resolved what I wanted to do with it. It’s going to remain in its original intended location.

I have to complete the editing and footnotes. The footnotes are the most tiresome part and I dislike doing them. Once all that is done, I can send it to the editor. Since he has completed chapters 5 and 6, now it’s my turn to go through them.

My goal is to complete all the work mentioned above without getting caught up in anything else. This will help me manage my anxiety.

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 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, 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.