It’s Monday. I’m awake, I’ve worked out, and I’m caffeinating. That would be the first step back to normal. Of course I am also in serious house lust, which is not normal, so I’m finding it hard to think about anything else but 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, a super kitchen, and CLOSET SPACE. Still, I have hopes of getting back into Red today. It’s been 2 weeks.
Round 1 of ROW80 is drawing to a close this month, and I feel like I don’t have a whole lot to show for it from a productivity standpoint. I’ve averaged 338 words a day this year. Of course that’s much higher on the days I actually wrote because, I think about half of those 65 days we’ve had so far, I didn’t write at all. So I guess that’s not too bad. I think I’ve proven that (mostly) when I do write, I can comfortably hit 100-250 words higher a day than the 500 a day I shot for last year. So that’s good. That’s pushing the envelope. Since the entire point of A Round of Words in 80 Days is being the writing challenge that knows you have a life and that life sometimes interferes, it seems fitting that I give myself a break. It’s what I designed this challenge for.
I’ve got one lecture left to write, after which I have two course proposals to write up–not for new courses, but for two of the courses I’m already teaching–I’ve passed the grace period, so if I want to teach them again, I’ve got to get that finished. But short of that, I don’t THINK I’m going to be writing any more NEW course material this year, which would be a GODSEND. I’ve written a new course every semester for the last 3 years. BRAIN IS TIRED. I’m hoping to finish that last lecture over the next 2 weeks, get it and the others recorded, edited, and posted, and let the rest of the semester pretty well coast.
So okay, in the name of getting back to normal, I am approximately 17kish into Red. I’m 1 new scene away from finishing Act 1 and I need to make some modification to, I think, 3 scenes, and fully rewrite one other. I think this week, I’ll work on those modifications, as I need to get those ducks in a row before I move on to the rewrite or new stuff, I think. The new projected finish date will be the end of May, leaving June and the tail end of Round 2 of ROW80 to finish up Riven, which I don’t anticipate taking more than a month. There, I have a plan. I feel better.