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May 17th, 2013

Sort of Thursday...

My goal progress was not exactly stellar this week. After all that about being excited to work, other things got in the way and I only worked one day (I think? Maybe two? It probably doesn't count if I can't even remember...). I also didn't work on my bibliography or do any reading. I did a lot of other things, like go to The Book Thing in Baltimore, and if you are ever in Baltimore on a Saturday, you need to go: it's a small warehouse filled with free books. You sign out with your name, how many books you took, maybe a comment (mine was "Thank you--these will help with my dissertation!") and that's it. You also implicitly promise not to resell the books, and they're all stamped inside with "this is a free book." I got a stack of books by eighteenth-century authors that I need. They're exactly what I was hoping to find, since, let's be honest, they're the books that the vast majority of people are forced to read and then don't keep. Because they're not most people's "pleasure reading." (Then there's me.) I was pretty amused to find no less than five copies of Joseph Andrews.

So. I am going to do better this week.

Also, Brittany asked me in a comment what it was that made me excited to work on Bridget, and I've thought about it quite a bit. I think it was two things: starting to really see the big picture and feel like things were coming together in a way that would work, and then, at the same time, really digging into the details--especially details of character. It was when I started to feel like I was connecting (or reconnecting...) with the characters that I really wanted to keep working. It was getting to the love story and wanting it to work and getting a fluttery feeling that maybe these characters and their story will feel real enough to make other people care about it--cheer for them and hope for them and get really frustrated when things go wrong for them...

I got excited because I realized I was excited to read it when it's done--and for other people to read it too.

Rising to the Challenge

The week before last was a difficult one—I only wrote one day out of seven. While it was an awesome day (to the tune of 1,180 words and the end of chapter seven), my consistency left much to be desired.

I decided this week to change that and challenged myself to write at least a thousand words every weekday. In the end, I didn’t achieve perfection, but I did write four out of five days. Those four days gave me 3,942 words and the entirety of chapter eight. All of those words didn’t come easy, especially since I am still writing without an outline. But they still came—I just had to sit down at my computer for a few hours each day and force myself to write.

Rich in Color continues to be a highlight of my week. Jon has been working on the site re-design—it’s fantastic. I read The Summer Prince last week in preparation for our upcoming group discussion on the book, and I’ve asked another author if she would be willing to do a guest post/interview for us. She has accepted, but we’re still working out the details of it all. Our followers continue to grow on Twitter (67) and Tumblr (77).

In other words, life is good. I’m going to challenge myself to write a thousand words a day this upcoming week as well. I also need to finish Range of Ghosts and ready Awakening. Wish me luck!

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