As predicted, I haven't been able to spend much time working on my novel revision, although I have been writing every day. But I finished my book review as well as my chapter of the Petit Fours and Hot Tamales group novel; I also made some new friends and did some much-needed refilling of my creative well. So it's not all bad.
Still, it is obvious that I am not going to finish the revision by the end of the month. And maybe that's just as well; Angela James's Before You Hit Send Workshop as well as Margie Lawson's Empowering Characters' Emotions all-day workshop in Birmingham on Saturday will no doubt improve the quality of my work, although they are taking time away from it. I need 18 days writing 2080 words per day in order to finish the current draft of my WIP once and for all; my new deadline is my birthday August 15th.
I can't think of a better way to begin a new year of my life than starting a new book.
Besides that, I am a little bit panicked by how quickly my summer "vacation" is going by and how few things I have checked off my summer to-do list. I am trying not to beat myself up for this; my daily to-do list is pretty ambitious, and it isn't unusual for me to work 12 to 15 hour at a stretch. So it looks like the only solution is to let some of the routine things slide here and there in order to tackle some of those other items. It's a safe bet that everything isn't going to get done. It's also a safe bet that what doesn't get done isn't going anywhere.
And this isn't even on my list, but tomorrow I am going to clean out my bedroom closet, heeding the advice of my wonderful Jane Austen Book Club pals and boxing up everything that doesn't fit or flatter, because it makes me miserable to walk into my closet and see nothing but garments that I haven't been able to squeeze into for two years or more. There may not be much left after I get finished, but the pieces that survive will be things I can actually wear. Then I am going to give myself six months to lose this ten or fifteen pounds that stands between me and perfection. If I succeed, great - I will pull out the boxes and replace some of the items. If I don't, the boxes go to Goodwill, and I will slowly begin to rebuild my wardrobe.
My friends seems to think that, once those clothes are out of my closet, the weight will disappear with minimal effort. I hope they're right.
Maybe Denise's low-cal iced coffee drink will help. Here is her recipe.
1 cup leftover coffee
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (preferably chocolate)
Sugar free syrup to taste (she uses coconut - available at Cost Plus)
Blend all with crushed ice.
Makes about 4 cups.
How is your writing coming along? Are there any projects you hope to accomplish before summer's end?