Saturday, November 14, 2009

Wherein I gush!!

Last night, Matt said the nicest thing a person can say to an unpublished author, and he said it to me!  I read him the last 5 or so pages of what I've written so far and he said "Your book sounds like a book!" and I could see that he meant it.  He's very much about honesty, if he doesn't like something he says so and he's always got a reason available -- he didn't like my last book and though he tried to be delicate about it, he wasn't a fan.  Of course, my last book was terrible!! Anyway, he's read a lot, so he definitely knows what a book "sounds" like.

Right then, I almost cried.  Yeah, almost, I'm not much of a crier, but I couldn't stop grinning after that.  I tried to be humble about it, because I don't feel much faith in my words.  I know I'm good at description, but I only give in to that because a lot of people, some who don't know me from Adam, have said so.  It's the only common thing everyone says, the one common thread, so I've accepted it.  Otherwise, I'm a bit lukewarm about my writing, though I give it 110% when I sit down to write.

As you can see from my sidebar, the 34 double-spaced pages I've written so far is less than half of what I should have written up to now.  I'm critically behind.  That doesn't mean I'm giving up, though!  Once I get past this weekend, and have this paper written, I'm going to give the whole rest of the upcoming week to making it to class and working on my novel -- with the exception of Thursday, when I've promised Matt I'd game with him.  Over thanksgiving, I'll probably have studying to do, but I'm going to try to squeeze in some writing then, too.  I hope to finish this yet, even if it means that rather than writing 1,667 words a day, I have to write 5,667 words!  I'm going to finish this.  The first year I did this, I wrote 14,000 words in one day, two days before the end of November.  If I could do that then, I can do it now!

Just one more thing before I'm off to write my paper. I'm going to move Kate's blog to WordPress because I hate Blogger -- namely their comment system.  Ugh. That said, I don't think WP has the option of locking a blog for private use. Instead, I'll just have to lock the entries.  So, her blog might be open to the public, but all of the entries would be locked. Her about page and any subsequent pages would be all there was to see. How's that for a tease!

Okay, now I'm off to work on my paper. I must get it done, it's coming due.  Hope y'all are having a great weekend so far and if you're writing, I wish you many high word counts. If you're not, I hope your weekend is filled with more relaxation than mine will be.
Wish me luck!