A writing milestone

On the eve before NaNo, I finished Secret Project #1.

It’s called Cassiel, though that’s just the working title I gave it when I started in 2006. Yes, 6 years of on again, off again writing. I started right before I entered grad school (the first time), and worked on it steadily for that first year, then I just stopped. I had too much to do between school, thesis drafting, and work, and it seemed like something that could easily wait. And it did.

A couple of years after I started the project, I had about 10 chapters sitting in a folder, so I edited and charted out all the details so I could start writing again. Then I stopped again. It was time for grad school, part 2.

Last July, school was finally over. I would have professional and academic drains on my time. I would have to juggle a full time job and a relationship, but writing was suddenly something that I wanted to spend time on—even on days when it seemed like my time was compartmentalized into a crazy schedule of workout, go to work, go home, eat, write, sleep. I wrote. I took breaks and told myself I needed time off, but I kept coming back to it and plowing away.

Then I told myself I would take part in NaNo this year, and start working on one of those other secret projects I had stashed away in my writing folder. I gave myself until November to finish what I had started. I would not be working on two projects simultaneously, ain’t no way, ain’t no how. So I finished. Draft 1.5 at least.

It’s long, to start. Too long, so I will have to do some major revisions. And I know my voice changed halfway through the writing process. The writer who started this novel is not the writer who finished. My voice changed, how I write changed, and this work will change again before it is really worth shopping. But, for now, I will let out a long, contented sigh, and wait to tally up my word count (well over the 100,000 mark, so far as I can estimate) and make editing decisions. Maybe I’ll even start looking for a reader (a daunting thought for someone who refused to let anyone even see her work when she was writing).

This is one resolution I can scratch off my list 🙂

Now, for Project #2.

out with the old

And in with some new goals for the new year!

Looking back on last year’s resolutions, I’m quite pleased to note that I managed to accomplish most of them:

  • Eliminate what’s left of my debt. (Not including student loans, those will be tackled in future.) – Done! Student loans are in the works and under control.
  • Continue watching my health and taking care of myself. – Yes, I did this too.
  • Get better at relaxing and letting things go. – Did manage to find better ways of dealing with stress.
  • Read all the books on my shelves. (I read a lot of them this year.) – This is an eternal work in progress.
  • Finish my MLIS. (This is not really a resolution, but I should keep spurring myself on.)   – DONE! Woot!
  • Tone up. – Managed to tone a bit, but post-surgery recovery means I have to start again soon.
  • Go on a mini-break. – Sort of did this one. Went on a weekend trip to Orlando.

Not bad.

This year, I resolve to:

  • Walk more. I received two pedometers for Christmas and have started using them to track my steps. I’m starting with some practical goals–I want to try to walk at least 10,000 steps on weekends to start and walk more on workdays.
  • Get back to my workout regimen now that I’m feeling fewer aches.
  • Write more.
  • Publish a professional article, review, or editorial piece.
  • Go on vacation.
  • Try to go to a professional conference.
  • Keep on going through the bookshelves.

There they are. Nothing extreme or dramatic. I think I can manage.

A few resolutions for 2011

I think I’ve done rather well at sticking to my resolutions this year. My main feat was to lower my debt, and I’ve managed to almost clear everything…

For this year, I resolve to:

  • Eliminate what’s left of my debt. (Not including student loans, those will be tackled in future.)
  • Continue watching my health and taking care of myself.
  • Get better at relaxing and letting things go.
  • Read all the books on my shelves. (I read a lot of them this year.)
  • Finish my MLIS. (This is not really a resolution, but I should keep spurring myself on.)
  • Tone up.
  • Go on a mini-break. (I will need this after comps…)