I’ve written every day this month so far, though the last few days have been smaller, around 500 each day. However, work is super super hectic right now (plus it was Middle’s birthday this weekend so not a lot of writing time). I’ve got a major Evil Day Job deadline I’m dealing with. The kind of impossible deadline that’s making me cranky and wish super hard for a winning lottery ticket if you know what I mean. So no writing over lunch this week and probably longer hours.
However, I finished one of the story-within-the-story scenes and have a good start on the next. Then I just have one resolution/fun scene that shouldn’t be as hard to write. I had to figure out the plot for this story, even though it’s not a “complete” story, at least enough that makes sense, so the word count has been a little meager, even though the progress overall was good.
I’ve done one read through of the first draft and it’s pretty darned solid. I have just a few things I want to layer a bit and then I need to define the chapters and drop in the flashbacks and story-within-the-story scenes. The timing/placement is tricky but hopefully I can wrap that up this week even though I’ll be putting in longer hours than usual for the Evil Day Job.
So… beta readers! If you’re interested in taking a look in the next week or so, drop me a note (joelysueburkhart AT gmail DOT com). I’ll do a second pass this week, give it a few days while I write the synopsis, and then I’ll do a final pass with your feedback. I’d like to have Virginia off to visit with my editor by next Monday if at all possible.
The end is in sight!