Hi! Hope the month finds you well, and, with at least a little luck, finds you and/or many of your loved ones vaccinated.
This is a relatively quick update. I won’t go too far into details – I’m never quite sure what I should and shouldn’t share with the public of my personal circumstances – but suffice it to say that things over here have been pretty rough, though there’s still plenty of room for good outcomes.
As a result of the roughness, the work this month has been uneven. Despite how uneven things have been, though, there’s been progress. There’s been artsy moments where I came up with great scene ideas at almost the last moment. The marathon of getting out the first draft of Aconite Braid continues, and according to the math I’m now at an estimated 81.24% to 78.26% of the way through the complete draft, up from last month’s 55%~ish.
Some of that’s down to finding some really short chapters to write, some of it’s down to rehearsing my writing.
What’s rehearsing my writing? I’m sure I’ll write a behind the scenes about it eventually, but in short, it’s manually going over all the emotional beats of a scene I’m going to write the next day (or the later the same day) by writing the scene out in dense bullet points.
As an example of that, here’s the ‘rehearsal’ I did just before writing this blog post:
> Stuff rough.
> Math says 81.24 to 78.26 percent.
> Thank you for support.
So I’ll talk about that some other day. For now, I’m going to get back to the manuscript as best I can.
As ever, thank you so much for the support. Honestly, y’all have no idea how much it helps to be able to pause my life once a month and reflect on the fact that people like my work and want me to succeed with my writing. It helps so, so much.