Now that I’ve dethroned the reigning Boggle Czar (also known as: my dear, sweet husband) and eaten tasty food (despite the fact that I forgot to buy pine nuts for my pesto, and despite the fact that I accidentally put way too much garlic in it), I thought I’d give a quick update on today’s progress.
I spent some time on my novel, though it wasn’t all spent writing new words – actually, I’m getting to a place where I’ve been planning to borrow some stuff from the first draft and work it in to this one.¹ So, I pulled out the old manuscript, and wow. I knew my second draft was different, but man, it kind of blew me away to see just how much it has changed in these past few months.
In the time I spent working today, I searched the old draft for stuff I want to work into the current one, then picked pink as my trusty highlighter-of-choice² for the day and began to mark sections that would still work. I spent some time figuring out how to weave the old scenes in, then wrote a little bit, went to yoga, and called it a day. (So far.)
Depending on how you define progress, I made some. Looking forward to making more tomorrow, and maybe even tonight, if I get really ambitious.
How are you guys doing with your Diligent December goals?
Encouragement of the day: you are only one person, and if you’re like most people, you’ve got a lot of stuff going on right now. In each day, you have things you must do (eat, sleep, care for family, order Lost: Season 5 on DVD, etc.), things you should do (strive to meet goals, be diligent with work/home responsibilities), and things you want to do (read and/or write all day long, while drinking lattes from pretty mugs, beside a cozy fire, with Remy the Cat — or the adorable-cat-equivalent-of-your-choice — curled up on or beside you). Sometimes the musts, the shoulds, and the wants overlap, but not always. As we are all acutely aware, we only have so much time, and being but one person, we can only do so much. So! All that to say? Life happens. Do the musts, prioritize the shoulds, and sprinkle in some wants. Set goals, strive to accomplish them, aim for greatness in whatever you do, and enjoy the things you do as you do them. If you run out of time, you run out of time. Sleep, sleep well, and then get up again the next day, ready to go forth and conquer some more awesomeness. Take it from a former serve-everyone-but-herself-all-day-every-day-for-years kind of girl, the road to burnout is paved with extremes, guilt, joyless work, and being a people-pleaser.
I feel like a fortune-cookie therapist. Your lucky numbers today are 4 8 15 16 23 42.
¹Perhaps now is a good time to tell you, since I don’t know if I have, that this second draft is pretty much a complete re-write of the first one. The basic plot and characters have remained in tact, but after much thinking, rethinking, and note-jotting, it has more depth, stronger subplots, and is generally more cohesive this time around. I’ve hardly used any actual writing from the first draft.
²Always a difficult decision. I love my ten-pack of Sharpie highlighters.
Amendment: The former Boggle Czar would like it to be known that I have only temporarily dethroned him, and that I only beat him by one point.