This Sunday will be six months since I started this blog, six months since the day I proclaimed to the web that I will finish drafts of three novels in one year
I'm not going to lie about anything here, I'm not going to avoid owning up to where I am because maybe it's not where I thought I'd be. Instead am opting for honesty. It's who am. It's gotten me in trouble before and I'm sure will again, but I hope right now that maybe it won't.
By the middle of April I was ten chapters away from finishing the third draft of book one in the trilogy. I was whizzing through it and feeling great. If you've been reading this blog you know what happened next. I won't spare you with the details. They were all great things, of course. Experiences, visits, jobs I am grateful for, but it did take me away from writing. Between mid-April and the week before last I finished two chapters, which brought me down to eight left. Then if you read my last blog you know I decided I needed to make a change in the draft that took me back into rewrites of a few chapters already written. I just finished those rewrites now.
So I've still got eight chapters left, maybe seven. I'll finish them in a week from now if I'm really lucky. Otherwise I'll finish them the week after.
That gives me just under six months to write two novels from scratch. Can I do it? Yes, I can do anything!! Will I do it? Time will tell.
The main thing I want to tell you all is that I'm not giving up. I'm going to do my absolute best to get as much of this trilogy done this year as I possibly can. But IF, for some reason, I don't make this self-imposed deadline, I am going to be happy with however much I've completed. No, not happy. I'll be over-the-moon, insanely proud, elated, rave-dance excited. Why? Because I will have given it my absolute all. I will have lots more done than I ever thought I would get done in those dark, cold moments at the bottom of a pitiful mood.
That's the point isn't it? Journey, not the destination. I recall saying something along these lines before: Not just about this year, but all years.... Not just about a year of greatness, a year of love, but a lifetime.
And then one day I will be finished this trilogy. And hopefully one day some people will read it and hopefully those people will feel at least some of the love I put in. Then, even if they do or if they don't, it will be on to the next thing. That next journey, the next book, the next year.