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.
I have been battling a cold for a week, which is why I didn’t post yesterday. Posting while I am working on the book has been a moving target. Maybe you, the reader, should not expect it on any specific day.
I am still working on the bibliography. I probably have a few more days. After it is done, I need to look at potential pictures and start trying to get permission to use them. Like the bibliography, I think this will be a daunting task.
Besides working on the book, I have been watching the United States Figure Skating Association (USFSA) national championships. That has been a lot of fun and a good antidote for how crappy I have been feeling.
Today marks my 140th day of work. That equals almost 358 hours of work. I started this project in August, establishing a NaNoWriMo that runs from Aug 21 to April 30th. I still need to compile the bibliography. By then, my manuscript will be fairly complete.
Because I am so close, I am not sure I need to work every single day. More accurately, I am not sure that I have to post an output in NaNoWriMo every day. For the next 11 days, I am probably going to skip doing that. I will not have an update next week and will resume posting on Jan. 20th
Happy New Year!
As of yesterday, I have worked 132 days. I have chapter 7 back from the editor. The last piece of writing that still has to go to him is the conclusion. The bibliography is still looming over me and I am a little panicked about how I will actually do it.
Since it is the end of 2023, I thought I would also write a brief wrap up of the year. I have written over 40 blog posts, many of them my weekly updates about the book’s progress. There is no Tweet count because I no longer regularly post on that platform. I am still getting used to Threads. Since there are no hash tags, I don’t know how you build followers. I also post one a week on Substack notes. Once I have sent the manuscript off in May, I plan to explore building up my social media presence
I wish everyone a healthy and happy New Year!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.