Weekly Update, Week 18

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!

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 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.