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    Mary's DIY Publishing Blog


    Progress report

    Some family stuff came up, but today I was able to finish reading over what I have so far of the YA book. I'm pretty happy with it!



    Today I was putting what will hopefully be the final touches on the paperwork to list the old house, and . . . DUN DUN DUNNNNNHHH!!! . . . I started working on the YA novel again! Yay!

    I went over the first eleven chapters before hitting the wall (there are 16)--sometimes its nice to have a break because then when you go back to the book, you don't remember what you did and are actually surprised by the things intended to surprise the reader! The early chapters are definitely more polished than the latter (nice to know that previous edits haven't been in vain), and I may start a little earlier in the book tomorrow so that my mind is fresher with the rougher chapters.

    Yay! I'm working again!


    What's been going on

    So, the evening before Halloween I went to run an errand at the grocery store, and this extremely intelligent and well-adjusted individual ran the light (or, as the police like to say, "failed to yield on a left turn"), hit another car, and then hit mine.

    That's been a lot of not-fun. Everyone walked away (except my car, which had to be towed), and the police issued the fellow responsible a citation. Of course, he had a really funny story to tell the insurance about how me and the other car plotted together to simultaneously run a red light. That we were stopped at. Because we're wacky! But a copy of the police report helped "clarify" matters. Anyway, I'm glad the dude didn't flee the scene, but I kind of suspect now that that was because I quite obviously started to memorize his license plate before I moved my car out of his way.

    The main thing is that right now my neck is still kind of wonky (yes, I feel like Stereotypical Insurance Fraudster saying that, but it's true), and it's hard to work at the computer for substantial lengths of time. That seems to be getting better, albeit slowly, and I kind of have my fingers crossed for actually writing tomorrow...? Hopefully?


    Further-non-progress report

    Well, there's progress on the house front--it's painted! Wonders never cease! Of course, this being the old house, the very act of painting uncovered a couple of things that need to get fixed ASAP, so that's what I'll be doing today. I have an appointment with the carpet people for Tuesday--that may take a few weeks just because of the time it takes for the carpet to get ordered, but it shouldn't require a ton of active management on my part.

    On the other hand, I've really been neglecting the place, so the yard is beginning to get that abandoned look. I'm living in a better environment now, so I've lost my tolerance and everything about that place enrages me--the across-the-street pervert who gets into his truck and watches me whenever I work in the front yard, the tire tracks the drunk fucks who live there regularly leave in the lawn--but I know it will just get worse if I don't keep the place relatively tidy. So I just need to suck up and do some yard work there--not that the weather is cooperating (grinds teeth audibly).

    Anyway, I guess my point is that I'll be somewhat occupied with getting the house ready to sell, but I feel like it shouldn't take up THAT much time, so hopefully now that my killer sinus/ear infection has cleared up, I can actually write again soon. Fingers crossed, anyway--a girl can dream.


    Non-progress report

    One of the reasons I got a flu shot this week was that I could tell I was getting a sinus infection, so I figured I'd have all my illnesses at once. And it's worked brilliantly--I'm a total mess. It's bumming me out because everything else has settled down more or less, but the painting and related fixing-up and finally putting-on-the-market of the old house is coming up soon...uuugh.

    OK--I'm going to try to set a realistic goal here: I'm hoping to have the first draft of the fantasy novel done by Christmas. There we go.