Weekly Update, Week 27

Once again, I apologize for the delay in posting this. Time got away from me and, before I knew it,  several days had passed. This is likely to be my last weekly update. Don’t get excited, it doesn’t mean I am completely finished with the manuscript. Rather, it means that I have realized that counting the number of hours I work every day and recording them on the NaNoWriMo site no longer works for me.

Abandoning that process  means I will not complete the original challenge I set for myself, which was to work 29,000 minutes or 483.33  hours from August to the end of April. As of last Friday, which was my last day of recording my hours worked, I had logged 421.28 hours.

I am still doing final edits and deciding about pictures. I am leaning towards not having any. It is costly to print pictures, particularly color. There is also the problem of getting permissions. Instead of putting a bunch of pictures in the book, i am thinking of having a display of them on my website.

After I finish the edits and decide about the pictures, I have to think about making the manuscript one file – either as a Word document or a PDF.

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 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 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.

Eight Days to Go

I have completed 20 days of my self-initiated NaNoWriMo. This past week I worked a total of 610 minutes, a little over 10 hours. Today I worked for almost 4 hours, the longest stretch so far. It was very taxing, and my brain is fried.

I have been working on one of the “new” chapters that I created because of my new organizational structure. I put new in quotes because it is an amalgam of different parts of already written chapters so not something I wrote freshly from scratch.

After revising it, I am not sure I like it. I may want to go back to a previous version of the material. This whole revision process is two steps forward, one step back. I am not sure how much longer I can do this. September 10th will be 28 days and is my end date. I am going to blog on that day instead of Friday September 9th.

After the 10th, I am not going to start another regimen right away. I know I will need a break. Happy Labor Day!