I’m a Lumberjack and I’m OK -April 28, 2019

Ok, time for another update.

This week’s been a bit busy. I’ve had several projects on the go that I needed to finish, which all took away from my writing time.

A cousin of mine had asked me to make a very unique cake/cupcake stand for her sister-in-law’s wedding reception. It’s an outdoor reception, with a “Lumberjack” theme, so I had to do some “Chainsaw Art”, something I’ve never done before. I spent most of the latter part of the week working on it, as it took a while to find a suitable log. In the end, I had to have a friend help me cut down a thick branch from one of my own trees. I do have to admit, I’m rather happy with the results.

I spent the better part of the weekend doing taxes (in Canada, the tax deadline is April 30th, not the 15th like in the US). I do them for all four of us in the house. They’re relatively easy, but still a hassle.

The week before last, I checked out a writer’s group that meets every other Tuesday. They’re more of a critiquing group than a social one, and they invited me to submit a passage to critique. I’ve decided to submit the first 2000+ words of my draft, so I spent some time editing and polishing the passage. Editing is something I initially avoided doing. I didn’t want to start editing my current work until it was completed, but I just couldn’t bring myself to submit anything in such a raw form.

I’ve even let someone else read it, which was really nerve-wracking for me. That did help quite a bit with the proof-reading though, so I am glad I did it.

I’m very nervous about submitting this passage. While I’ll be grateful for any help and advice I can get, it’s always difficult for me to stay objective about any type of criticism, even if it’s meant to be constructive.

But, I have no choice now. I’ve emailed the copy to the group, so that die has been cast. I’ll have to deal with the aftermath.

Otherwise, things have been rather quiet. I’m still trying to get myself back on my work-life schedule, which hasn’t been easy because of the frequent layoff weeks we’ve been getting since the fall. I’m really hoping we work straight through until our summer shutdown in July, but if I do get another week or two off, it will give me some extra time to work around the house and finish up some other languishing projects.

Though I’ve fallen short of my daily writing goal a couple of days this week, I have managed to keep writing every day, and am inching towards the climax of the story. I know I’ve said that before, lol, but it remains frustratingly true. Someday, this monstrosity will be finished, I promise.

Because of all of the other projects I’ve been concentrating on, I kind of blew off writing for most of the weekend. Since my last blog post, I’ve only managed to write another 3500 words or so. I’m hoping to get back on track this week and get closer to finishing this thing.

We’ll see, though.

So, yes, I’m still at it, and about to finally let some others read at least a little part of this pile of shit.

Well, that’s it for me this week. Hope you’re all well.

Novel Word Count – 179,985



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