At the start of November, after almost of year of miserable existential angst, I decided I truly wanted to finish this book. I could never do NaNoWriMo, but a friend invited me to join her NaNoPretendo group on Facebook. A small group of writers vowed to do what we could and keep in touch. That's all. At the beginning of the month, I stated my goal to write every day with an eye on 500 words. No guilt or recriminations if I didn't make it, but I wanted to try to get back into the feel of regular writing. I started the month at 38K words and ended at 50K.
At that point, I knew I could make it to the end, so I set another goal--to finish the first draft by the beginning of March and send the manuscript to my editor by April 1st. The plan is to publish the book sometime in mid-late May. I'm happy to say I made it! However, in the final push I let a lot of things slide. So, here's my catch-up-on-life list for the next couple of weeks:
- Clean my house. It's getting desperate.
- Weed the yard. Also desperate.
- Scrub the soap scum off the tile in the shower. A 2-day chore. It's 5' x 8' and tiled to the ceiling on three sides.
- Make two fairy gardens for the Garden Club silent auction the first weekend in May.
- Get an oil change in my car. I refuse to admit how long it's been.
- Have the trees trimmed. The olive looks like Medusa.
- Have the septic tank pumped. Fun, fun, fun!
And if there's time:
- Get outside.
- Take walks.
- Take pictures.