My throat is killing me. I want to believe that I’m not getting sick, since it’s just about the only week that I can’t take a sick day because too many other people are already out of the office for vacation, but the evidence is not in my favor. I’ve already gargled salt water twice and have been drinking warm water all day to try to flush the system, but so far there has been no noticeable change. My uvula is so swollen that it feels like I have something caught in my throat (a sentence that sounds WAY dirtier than it actually is.)

So I’m struggling to keep myself distracted, so as not to think about it.

I turned my attention to the task of my writing, and tried to get a sense of how I’ve been doing on my goals. Back in May, there was a part of me that wanted to try to finish the draft of my novel by Labor Day. When I actually did the math, I realized that it was pretty clearly going to be impossible, as I would have needed to turn out 3.7 chapters per week. My average is one chapter per week. Because I work a full time job. But looking back over the progress that I have made, I was pleased to discover that I upped my average by about half a chapter per week- even with holidays and birthdays and emotional turmoil and shifting schedules and some chapters needing to be created out of whole cloth without much help from the Muse-inator (“I’ll be back…. Sometime… When it suits me. Good luck.”)

On top of that, I finished filling an entire notebook and wrote a pretty solid draft of a query letter, so there’s some good momentum to build on.

Doing a quick count of the number of chapters left to complete (39) and dividing by the number of weeks left in the year (23), I can still turn this bad boy out before New Year’s if I finish 1.7 chapters a week- which is not far from my current pace.

It seems doable.

I mean, I’m a little bit disappointed that it is going to take me until the end of the year to finish this, but now, I’ve crossed an unexpected threshold: all I have to do is keep doing what I’m doing. I’ve found the second star to the right, now it’s just straight on till morning.

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on July 24, 2018.

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