Hiatus and Planning Ahead

I really am thrilled with how well this project is going this time around.  A month and a half in my motivation is still strong and the thought of finishing the damned thing feels more and more real every day.

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Making it Happen

When we are children things simply happen.  For most of us, hot meals appear several times a day and each night a safe, warm bed awaits us.  We do not ask how or even why these things occur, simply take for granted that they do and will.  All of our needs are met while we are blissfully unaware of just what that process requires.  We have no concept of forty hour work weeks, mortgages or rent payments, utility bills or groceries.  We cannot imagine the struggle that is sometimes required to pay for our comfortable existence—seconds jobs or even parents missing meals so that we may eat.  The details of our childhoods are as different as our particular situations, but the overarching theme is:

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One Glorious Month

Somehow an entire month has passed since I started (well, re-started) this project.  It was a little terrifying to commit to finishing it publicly but I haven’t regretted it.  Now as I’m working away at revamping Chapter Six I want to take a little time to reflect on how this month has gone and where I stand moving forward.

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Reality, Fiction and a Chapter to Change Everything

Reality is so much more complex than fiction.  Its not something I’d ever have thought about before I started this project.  But I’ve learned through my short stints of writing over the last six years that real life is far too nuanced to translate directly to fiction.  Something more is required than the changing of names.  Facts and events and people must all be distilled down into something simpler.

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Beauty in the Mundane and Balance

This week’s revision of Chapter Four is moving slowly at best.  Combine the surprising amount of effort I put into reworking Chapter Three and a delightful but exhausting week in my personal life and I think I’m left searching for the energy to tackle these next 5,000 words.  I’m still very much in it—really invested in moving this project forward—but I could use a little bit of a breather!

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