Well, I didn’t finish the novella like I hoped — but I’ll take my 26K+ and build on it next month. I’m 10-15K from finishing, a very doable task the first week or two of May.
A few things slowed me down these last few days. I had a major commitment at the Evil Day Job come to a head this past week, and the stress carried over into my writing time. I just couldn’t get as much done as I hoped – my brain wouldn’t cooperate. This weekend so far, I’ve spent all my time catching up on laundry (never got last week’s done because the dryer quit) and helping Princess with her science fair project. I edited her papers, summaries, etc. and then helped her print out all the documents. Also used her raw data to create a cool line chart.
You wouldn’t believe her project: Poop to Us, Food for Plants. She took three kinds of manure from Papa’s farm — quail, horse, and cow — and compared the growth rates to Miracle-Gro and regular potting soil. I was shocked that horse poop outgrew everything. The quail poop never sprouted. Papa warned that it was a “hot” manure and would work best if composted for awhile first.
I’ll be glad to get our spare table back and all those smelly pots outside.
I need a serious mental health day after all the craziness lately — maybe a whole bottle of wine, sigh, which I don’t have. It’d totally screw up my diet anyway. (Happy to report I’ve lost 30 pounds!!) I’ll spend tomorrow getting the MayNoWriMo list up and running, organizing my goals, etc. Ideally, I’ll get into BGW too and set myself up well for Monday, but I’m not going to stress myself out if I don’t get that far. My other goals for May will be to finalize the plot for Phantom — including a rough synopsis — and to get a first-draft plot outline for Lord Regret’s Price. I had some interesting realizations this week that I need to jot down before I forget.
P.S. I’ve heard from my editor at Drollerie Press that the formatting for Return to Shanhasson is DONE! We’re waiting on cover art now, but we should *crosses fingers, throws salt, etc.* be able to release in May!