They’re saying it’s the second Monday technically but they’re counting check ins and okay really, it’d just drive me NUTS if I had two Monday #2s 😉 Last week I set the goal of revising 20k more words on magicballoonbook.
A valid question would be: Katie, were you high? How delusional can you be? Because I even noted that my next section was almost all rewrites hiding under the mask of ‘revisions’. So no, of course I didn’t write 20k in a week (I haven’t even have a 10k day in FOREVER. Ugh). I fixed two and a half really really messy chapters, entire rewrites, cusp of major revelations, building on foreshadowing in previous chapters, etc. That totaled about 10k revised/rewritten.
I also did some writer-self-care last week. I wrote 4k of fanfic crossover between the book I have out querying now and my CP’s book (there’s actually an easter egg crossover between our books that I hope will survive whenever we sell them!) and sent it to her for fun. And I took a night off writing completely which I almost never do. But I really needed that.
I also really needed the pick me up that came in the form of a CP starting to read the 30k I sent to them last week and saying that my hard work showed and it was very very polished.
So now tonight, I’m tackling what should be a really fun fantastic chapter to write and then a chapter that’s fun and not just because it takes two SUPER HAPPY characters and puts them on a street littered with dead bodies.
So, I continue to realize that I need to make my goals more realistic is the bottom line of this Monday check in. Again. Sigh.
Over the next week, I want to fix/rewrite 3 chapters of Magicballoonbook. That seems to be the going pace and I don’t foresee an unusual amount of free time this time. At this rate, I’ll finish these revisions in 3 weeks, which seems pretty reasonable. That’ll keep me on track to query this in May/June depending on CP feedback. (Alternatively, I won’t need to query this? Oh god, that’d be kind of beautiful. But no, must remain realistic and say I’m querying this in late May/June.)
I’d still like to do Camp NaNoWriMo in April with Five of Hearts but I might have to lower my optimistic word count goal on that. We’ll see, I guess. Maybe a miracle will happen and Magicballoonbook will revise itself.