It’s check-in day and it’s Halloween and OMG where has this year gone!?
October. I can’t quite believe the year is almost over. October has been another weird writing month. I actually managed to do a little bit of writing and also came to terms with a number of big changes in my writerly world. It’s been a stressful, emotional, confusing, and exhausting month, but ultimately a good one!
Firstly, Scardust is done! This month saw the proofread complete and my book off to production. I’ve also seen the cover – which is all kinds of stunning – and now I’m just waiting for pre-orders to go up before I can kick into full publicity gear for this book. I am excited and terrified and everything in between!
Also, I wrote something! 🙂
Writing Issues This Month:
My brain and all that confusion and stress and turmoiled emotion, but I managed to start on a new project and that felt good.
Things I learned this month:
1. Adulting is hard. Making life changing decisions are hard and terrifying, but they have to be done. Closing one door DOES mean opening another and I am very pleased with all the decisions I made this month even if some of them weren’t easy.
2. Sometimes you just have to force the words. The Muse doesn’t always co-operate and sometimes you’re not in the mood to write when writing is precisely what you need to do. I forced the issue this month and managed to get the ball rolling in the right direction for a bunch of things.
3. Yes, I’m being vague. Yes, there are reasons. Yes, I will reveal all in good time. Please bear with me.
4. The wine helped.
What distracted me this month while writing:
Work again, but in a good way. I’ve been really inspired in my day job and this has actually helped re-ignite my passion for writing. It’s going to be tough always knowing how to balance the two, but I know I want to pursue writing at a more serious career level now as well.
Goal for next month:
Write more. I’m ‘doing’ NaNo even though I know I’ll never hit 50k in November. It doesn’t matter. I’m going to write as much as I can when I can and watch the words slowly add up.
Last 200 words: Not ready to share any of this just yet, but I will share the first line, which was one of a few I asked you all to vote on a while ago 😉 This is it:
My sister twitches in her sleep and bursts into flames.
That’s it for October, how did you do?