Try as I might, I can't find the right hook with which to start this post. I am feeling frazzled today, and nervous, and everything seems...not right, so I'm going to stop worrying about transitions and flow for the moment and just jump right in and say—
It's June now. How did it get to be June already? I can't even wrap my mind around the fact that we're almost halfway through the year. I just...can't. It's too much. Also, I recently watched the latest episode of Game of Thrones, and I think I might now be traumatized for life. Again.
But probably not.
I was going to list some goals today but really, I only need one:
Figure out how to write faster.
Because I need to get this draft of Second Nature finished. Now. Yesterday, even. It's taking far too long, and it's part of what's making me nervous.
I had a plan, dammit. I have four entire walls in my house devoted to the plan, but the characters don't seem to care about the plan. They only care about strapping an endless amount of C-4 to the plan and fighting over who gets to push the plunger.
Meanwhile, I'm spending entirely too much time not writing, and that is making me crazy. Crazier.
So I need to figure out how to get the wagon train a-rollin' again.
Just about a year ago, the word count on this WIP was around 120k, and I wrote a post in which I stated I thought the final word count would be come in at about 220k. As of this morning, the word count has passed 221k. Which would be fine except that there are still some large chunks of story missing, which means this WIP is still not finished. And it was really supposed to be done by now.
Also, there's the fact that in a year's time, I only wrote 100k words. And 50,000 of those came in November. But maybe that's not as bad as I think (because I feel like it's bad). I mean, Effigy—as much as I love this project—has been a real attention hog this past year because, apparently, books really won't publish themselves.
But speaking of Effigy (which never happens on this site, I know) let me segue into the second part of today's post...the part where I ask for help.
It occurred to me over the weekend that I am dangerously close to publishing Effigy and that it may just be time to do things like...Oh, I don't know—Reveal the cover?
I haven't been on this side of a cover reveal before. I don't know if there's some kind of protocol one should be following, but I am hoping to recruit some interested bloggers to take part in Effigy's cover reveal event during the week of June 23rd through June 27th. If this is something with which you might be willing and able to help, please let me know that (and if you have a preferred date) either via email (mjfifield at gmail dot com) or in the comments below.
Any help you might offer would be vastly appreciated. And, as always, I would happily return the favor later on down the road.
So I think that's going to do it for me today. I'm off to be awkward and nervous somewhere else for a while. Have a great day, everyone, and thank you for stopping by.