Progress Report 9/22/17

As always, I’d like to begin this week’s progress report by thanking all of you awesome people who’ve followed, liked and/or commented on my blog!

Days Until Rewrite (October 11): 19

No stats this week, since I’m not directly working on my manuscript.

Research Progress:

I don’t know how to talk about my research topics without spoiling the story, so I won’t detail exactly what I researched. But I can tell you, I made quite a bit of progress this week. I’m happy to say that, from what I remember, there isn’t much that I got completely wrong when I wrote my first draft. And what I did get wrong, thankfully, there is plenty of information about and plenty of time for me to fix it. Also, shout out to one of my research sources for giving me some new ideas for interactions between Characters A and B that I hadn’t previously thought of.

Break TBR List Progress:

As I wrote about in Sunday’s post, I finished up the Adrien English series by Josh Lanyon, with the exception of the sixth book. After some conversation on Facebook, I ordered the sixth book and plan to have some fun with it over the weekend. (The selling point? It’s illustrated. My beloved Jake and Adrien, illustrated. I can’t even.)

I tried to read I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson, but after about 30 pages, I just couldn’t get into it. I’ll be returning it to my sister today.

I then began reading The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee and I absolutely love it. Sorry Adrien, I think Monty might be my new book boyfriend. If I continue to enjoy it as much as I have so far, I will definitely review it for this blog.

Thoughts On Leaving My Book Alone:

I’m not going to lie, it’s been a day to day, sometimes minute to minute struggle to keep myself from looking at my manuscript. Somedays, I’m too busy with work and life to even think about it much. Other days, I’ll think about a scene, or wonder if I wrote something the way I’m thinking, and I have to stop myself from going to look. I miss Characters A and B. I miss having them actively in my head everyday. Reading other books and doing research for my book keeps me distracted/busy, but at the end of the day, I just want to be with my characters again.

Because of this overwhelming urge to look at/work on my manuscript, I’ve decided to put off having it printed until closer to October 11. It’s one thing when I have to fire up my computer to look at my book. It’s another entirely to have it physically sitting in my room, no flimsy internet connections or slow computers giving me more time to think about what I’m doing before I do it.

Goals for the Coming Week:

With respect to my research, I’d say I accomplished about a third of what I need to have done by rewrite. I’d like to knock out another third in the coming week.

With regard to my TBR list, I’d like to finish The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. And since I ordered it, I’d like to enjoy the sixth Adrien English book, Stranger Things Have Happened by Josh Lanyon, illustrated by Catherine Dair.

And finally, I know I’m strong enough to let my manuscript continue to ‘simmer’ without touching it. I know I am. I miss Characters A and B. I miss the story. I know I have so much more to give and add and hone for it, but I also know that giving myself this time away from it is the best thing for it. It took me nearly a year of stops and starts to get the first 30,000 words of what was only meant to be a fan fiction story down. It took me less than three months to turn it into an 80,000+ word original first draft. It’s hard to put something that feels like a living, breathing part of you aside for this long, but I’m over a third of the way through the wait (I’ve made it 11 of the 30 days).

Note to self:

Just keep holding on. *in my best indulgent pet-owner voice* Look, hey, look, a shelf full of m/m romance novels, not to mention the ones on your Kindle! Go play, girl! Go!

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