Update October 6, 2015

October 6th, 2015

I finally have something worth reporting. The end is in sight.

While away on vacation, I came to realize I needed to do a major overhaul on the elusive Chapter 16. Sigh What else is new? Luckily, it involved more removing than adding, and I’ve been faithfully picking away ever since. At last, my persistence has paid off. All I have left are two fractions of larger scenes, then sewing up any gaps I may have forgotten, and draft 1 is done. It will be done by the weekend. Editing always moves along much faster than writing.

Time – or lack thereof – is the biggest factor slowing me down, especially this time of year. I have a large garden given over to canning tomatoes. This year I got 8 bushels. Once picked, my wife and I processed them into marinara sauce, which we then canned. It’s a lot of work, most of it tedious, but having a jar of real marinara come January is a wonderful thing.

Then there’s a big breast cancer awareness fundraising event I volunteer for every year. This year I took on a bit more responsibility, which came with a heavier demand on my time. All of these things are fading away, gradually giving me my evenings and weekends back.

It took a couple of tries, but last week I finally hit a groove. The paragraphs melted away, the images in my mind’s eye were clear and sharp, and I was looking forward to spending time with my girls again.