Jeff O'Handley, Author

Jeff O'Handley

The Doubting Writer Finds His Voice

Weekend Update: Post-travel edition

This past weekend saw us travel for a funeral. On our return trip, we got hung up in the snow that came up the coast, which added an extra two hours–and an untold level of stress–to the drive. The weather reports gave no indication that the storm was going to impact as far as it did,  thanks, weather service models!

I need this today

As a result, yesterday was kind of a do-nothing day. Rather, it was a ‘Write Like Hell’ day, as I was able to put in a full day plus on my WiP, which helped offset the couple of days at the end of the week where I couldn’t work on it. I’m roughly a quarter of the way through now, and, after a few days where my massive word count didn’t seem to be going down at all, I have now chopped nearly 3000 words away. And a lot of these are from the front half (heck, quarter!) of the manuscript. I have a tendency to build too slowly, I think, and not leave enough room at the resolution end. I’m still excited about this project; whether or not I can get this draft completed in time for Christmas remains to be seen. If I do, then I’ll be faced with a conundrum: let it sit, or go right back to the start and take another pass through? If I let it sit, then what do I work on? There’s nothing really in the back room right now (as far as I know), and I hate to be not writing at all.

Not much else to report. I’m back on submission, so trying not to think about that, enjoying the Bruins’ current surge that has seen them go 8-2 in their last ten, and trying to come to grips with the fact that we are just two weeks away from Christmas. And no, my shopping isn’t done. Or started. But we do have lists going, so that’s good.

Anyway, that’s it for me, what’s up with you all?

2 Responses

  1. Sounds like great progress is being made on those edits, at least. I would see how you feel about it after Christmas. The new year brings fresh perspectives!

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