Day 153: June 1, 2017

I got just one chapter done today, but it completes Part One and Act One. I’m going to take a breather until next week after this. June isn’t going to be productive for me, as I’m going on vacation for the first time in several years. While I’m glad to be getting away, I feel some strange mix of emotions about leaving the writing.

It’s partly guilt, some sense that I’m letting myself down. It’s partly desperation, in that I feel like I’m missing an opportunity. If only I can get someone to read this, my door will open! Right? Well, we all dream.  Partly writing becomes more important than anything else. It becomes an obsession. I suppose that’s unhealthy. I can’t tell. If it were my career, would that be the case? Maybe it still would be then too. If I were able to call myself an artist, what then?

The chapter today was:

  • The East Road and Sage Hanlon

Act One is complete. Daron and Aubrey are on their separate paths. Fate compels them to make their choices. Now, Act Two.

Word count yesterday: 124,517
Word count today: 124, 535

Day 152: May 31, 2017

I made some minor character motivation adjustments, mostly in dialogue, though also some tweaks in setting descriptions and other various descriptors. It was all mostly subtle references and word choice. I also worked a bit on sentence structure and those kinds of clean up things I noticed.

The two chapters today were:

  • The Burn and the Road
  • The Ax and Haplin Station

You’ll notice the naming pattern of the chapters. Because of the dual POV structure, with Daron being the first part of each chapter and Aubrey the second, each chapter name refers first to something happening to Daron and then to Aubrey. (Which is setup with the first chapter name, Daron and Aubrey).

Word count yesterday: 124,584
Word count today: 124, 517



Day 151: May 30, 2017

I start again. In this revision, I’ll merge the former chapters in pairs (dual POVs, one each for Daron and Aubrey in each chapter) to form new chapters, so 41 new chapters in total. I’ll also realign the book into four parts, starting now in Part One: The Boy and the Girl.

Today I got through two chapters:

  • Daron and Aubrey
  • The Witch and the Caravan

These have some critical revisions based on Sione‘s comments, as well as the extensive notes I made. In particular, Aubrey’s first chapter and Daron’s first extensive scene with one of the witches, which I’ve revised numerous times already, has been extensively revised again. Aubrey’s initial motivations are key to underpin her arc. Sione stressed this, and she was right.

There is a revised theme I’m developing about free will that, while always there, I think needs a stronger role. I’m still pondering what role it plays, but I’m modifying some elements in Part One, which is essentially Act One, with intentions of building upon later.

I won’t be including the complicated word count any longer, only the overall story word count, mainly for my own benefit. It needs to come down and writing it every day might remind of that.

Word count yesterday: 123,407
Word count today: 124, 584 (WTF? So, what happened is I copy/pasted something from a previous draft that was pertinent. Each day I will include either a happy face or frowny face to grade my word count progress. Today, not so good.)



Day 149: May 28, 2017

If this were more a personal blog, I’d write about all the emotional and financial implications of a nearly catastrophic car accident involving my wife and young daughter. I’ll leave it with they are both alive.

I’ll return to work tomorrow and my routine. I’ll return to writing because I enjoy it and I need it, because I want to finish this book and see if I can publish it. My emotional state easily becomes fragile. This bounds me to something outside of my everyday life.