A good excuse for not writing

So, it’s been a while, and it may seem like I might have given up, but here’s the scoop. I was making steady progress with my rough draft when, well, things happened. But before I get to that…

My current status:

Currently editing page: 71

Current novel length: 200 pages and 61,577 words

At this rate, I’ll never finish, especially since I haven’t edited/written in almost two months and since I’m adding more pages than I’m really editing (already 25 pages more than I started with?). Crazy. It’ll still be a first draft when I’m done.

So what happened to all that drive?

Evening sickness, which is apparently more common than morning sickness.┬áThat’s right, we’re expecting baby #2. She/he comes in late November!

The good news is the evening sickness has finally subsided for the most part, but it was rough going for a couple of months. The worst was getting sick in a Starbucks bathroom one afternoon. One moment I felt fine, the next I wasn’t.

In other news, I’ve gotten a bit of reading in. Although I haven’t found any chick lit I liked nearly as much as Bridget Jones’ Diary, I’ve found a few decent reads that made me chuckle. I guess the best and brightest of chick lit didn’t start and end with Helen Fielding; it just seems that way sometimes. I’m at 24 books for the year and there were quite a few really good ones from the 2012 VNSA book spree (and only two Georgette Heyer in the mix!). I’d be happy if I got through another 12 books this year. I guess that’s my new and more realistic goal.

The Year of the Book

A year ago this month, I quit my job to stay home with my daughter and work on other pursuits. I dreamed of finishing one of the novels I started years ago and of building Boss of Words, Inc. into a successful company. It was a hard decision. I really loved the team I was working with and my subject matter, so if I was going to quit this great job, I had to make it worthwhile. Hence telling myself I’d write my novel.

One year out, no book. But Boss of Words, Inc. has built several websites and has written a lot of software documentation. Half a win?

As I reflect on the year, I’m content with the quality time I’ve spent with my daughter. It’s been a whirlwind and a pleasure to watch Juliet learn to crawl, eat, walk. I wouldn’t trade that for anything. I would, however, trade the many hours lost watching Lost for hours spent writing. What a waste of time that was for such a letdown series finale. But I digress…

I’m declaring this the year of the book. I have several projects to finish up and still need to spend quality time with my daughter, but I have been plotting and planning (in my head) and am determined that by the time another year rolls around, I’ll have more to show for it in my personal writing.

Let the writing begin.