Saturday, April 09, 2016

Writing in a Fishbowl: Day Twenty-Two

Nifty logo of words in a fishbowl

12:49 PM: Will today be the day I make steady progress? I’m not ticking. I’m not depressed or sick. I have half a brain. No family drama is on the horizon. Once I drop off the Brownie at her mother’s, my schedule is wide open. Will I be smart, or will I fire up Splatoon?

3:47 AM: Time for bed. It’s been a wonderfully productive day. I have no regrets. Although I came down with some intestinal thing during the afternoon, my friends convinced me to let them come over anyway. Good friends are more precious to me than diamonds. I’m glad I relented. Finally, I finally saw Star Wars Episode VII. I am no longer an outcast in society.

Knowing my friends were coming over gave me a boost of adrenaline. I tidied up as best as I could, but I made sure that I worked on this project before they arrived, then worked on it again after they left. I chose not to work on a blog article. I was too excited to work on this project.

I finished Section IV, utilizing all my months of research, with a word count of 1277 for the day. Only one section left to finish—three short chapters—then the book is done. I’ll give it a once over, tighten the narrative here and there, then send it off to a copyeditor. While the manuscript is away, I’ll design a book cover and plan my next book.

This book has taken three times longer than I had planned, but now I have two things I didn’t have before: a realistic understanding of how long it takes me to do a project like this and the confidence that I can do more than I ever realized, and in less amount of time than I ever thought possible.

Good night.


Day No.1: 1250 words
Day No.2: 703 words
Day No.3: 671 words
Day No.4: 262 words
Day No.7: 2725 words
Day No.8: 231 words
Day No.13: 974 words
Day No.17: 633 words
Day No.19: 758 words
Day No.21: 473 words
Day No.22: 1277 words

Project Word Count Total: 9957 words