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Lost: Progress Report

Welcome back dear readers,

It may seem like I have muay thai on the brain these days, and I am thinking about it a lot as I prepare for my upcoming test. My workout schedule will get crazier as the test draws near–by the last weeks, I’ll be spending every weeknight in a kickboxing class. (I’m grateful the gym isn’t open on Sundays.)

However, I am still working a lot on my writing. I’m currently polishing the manuscript of Lost, which has to be on its way to a contest judge by November 30th. It’s been at least a year, maybe more, since I last looked at this book, and I’m pleasantly surprised. It’s more embellished than the way I currently write, but so far I’m loving it. There’s some cleaning up to do, but I haven’t suffered from an “oh God, this SUCKS!” moment yet.

To make my deadline, I have to weed through sixteen pages per day. I was able to squeeze in a little extra yesterday, so I’m ahead of schedule, which is a good place to be. Anything can happen between now and the end of November.

Freelancing assignments also continue to roll in, much to the delight of my bank accounts–I have six stories due by the end of the month. Goodbye, spare time! I’m so grateful that my job is typically 9 to 5 and that I rarely have to take home work from the museum.

Please bear with me if the blog entries become briefer or more sporadic this month. I’m determined not to be a fly-by-night blogger, but I have more on my plate than ever before.

What about you, dear readers? What’s keeping you busy these days?

Thanks for reading!
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  1. Jocé

    Go to it… YOU CAN DO IT!

    [actually this will give me a chance to catch-up with your blog entries I missed; not to mention the best-of-the-best are well worth re-reading :-))

  2. Kim

    Sounds like things are coming along nicely. Isn’t it funny how your writing style can change over time. I really should start looking for an outlet for novel #1 again. I really should just write again, period.

  3. Madeline Mora-Summonte

    I love that moment when you go back and re-read something you wrote and realize it doesn’t suck as badly as you thought it did, if at all. I just re-read some of what I’ve written for NaNo so far and I actually kind of like it. 🙂

    Good luck with training and with LOST!

  4. Story Teller

    @ Jocé – thanks, but don’t get your hopes up. I like to keep my commitments, so I’ll be surprised if I actually skip a blog post. 🙂

    @ Kim – Yes, you should.

    @ Madeline – you’re a brave woman for tackling NaNoRiMo. I haven’t attempted that challenge yet – maybe next year. Thanks for your kind wishes, and best of luck to you!


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