Today I’ve been working on my book, yes. And I’ve made great progress. *sigh* I wish life didn’t get in the way though. That’s what I REALLY miss about being in college, and kind of regret not taking advantage of when I was first starting to work on my book three years ago. Yes I had a senior project due in my final year at Otterbein, BUT in the reality of things, even with other assignments, I could’ve easily finished my book and maybe had the kind of life that Veronica Roth has now with Divergent.
But then, THEN I think of all the wonderful people I’ve met through my day jobs. First there was my weekly newspaper here in Wooster where I mainly worked with my editor. Even now, almost three years later, I still see her as such a fantastic person. She was completely understanding when I decided to make a move towards a job with a more predictable schedule, so I could get my novel finished… though she did encourage me to stay at first. Said I had a great talent (which I am so glad she said that!)
Also, bonus: that job officially gave me professional writing experience, and since my first article I have been FINALLY able to label myself “professional writer”.
And then there’s my current job that I am so thankful, so thankful of the people there. It’s a retail job, and I can’t say any more than that due to the associate’s handbook or something like that. You know, just in case. But I think we should be able to say something positive about the wonder in our lives. Ah well.
The people at this job are what absolutely make the job. Honestly I love them to death. And while we don’t get paid nearly as much as we really should (IMHO–“In My Humble Opinion”, for those of you who are unfamiliar. It took me a while to figure that one out. *facepalm*)… we’re a real family. We look out for one another and enjoy each other’s company in one of the hardest businesses out there. Seriously. Retail is haaard.
It will take A LOT for me to ever leave that place. Ever.
That A LOT, I hope, will come in this year. This book I have been working on is a beauty. I am so proud of it. So, naturally, I am taking time to blog about it, rather than write about it. Writing is haaard too. A very disciplined practice that I seem to lack mastering as of right now. But I’m on my way. This beauty is going to help me:
I am basically using a completely different calendar specifically for my writing. What I aim to work on. Every. Single. Day. Even if it’s a little bit. On average I’m giving myself no less than three days to work on a chapter. I do expect that calendar to shift around here and there, some chapters will be faster, some will be slower. But, hey, it’s a visual guide. And a visual motivator. Because my personal goal to get this draft done is coming up in June, so I need a visual.
Yup. *nods* I think it will work. Now time for me to get to work. Chapter 3, here I come.
It’s funny how the smallest things in life brighten a person’s day: a makeshift calendar, a smile from a friend at work, or a casual conversation with a complete stranger.
Life is beautiful.