I had no idea what my writing time would look like with a newborn. It definitely takes adjusting to but there are pockets to be found (sometimes it’s less than you hope for and sometimes you look at the clock and think, “dang… I need to go to bed”). So as I’ve adjusted and made sure my son doesn’t go neglected, I’ve been breaking up my writing time but getting things done.
Obviously, the blog gets time (otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this). I don’t plan as far ahead as I’ve done in the past, leaving me to write a few days ahead of the schedule so I can edit and revise accordingly. It makes for a more “on the fly” approach. When I first started, it was easier to plan ahead because I had several topics I wanted to write about. For this season though, I am more in the “what’s happening now” mode. We’ll see how this goes as the months progress. With Stranger Things Season 3 on the horizon, I will absolutely need to plan ahead. I might even get a jump on those posts this summer seeing as how they took quite a bit of preparation to write along with re-watching season 1. (I just checked and there’s no official release date for season 3 so I may have quite a few months to prepare.)
My book, So Speaks the Gallows, is currently being beta read. I’m being patient, leaving me to spend time on a few other projects. One of which is the Glossary I have for my Ravanguard series. It’s extensive (that word might be an understatement) and has gone through so many revisions of its own over the last ten years. Every place, group, and character is captured with details important to me as the writer so I can go back and reference the eye or hair color of a character. To be honest, I’ve even considered going entry by entry and making sure every mention in the book is consistent. Is that too much you might ask but one of my biggest concerns when writing such a large book is that there will be glaring inconsistencies that should have been caught beforehand (you’d expect as much with so long to write and polish the book). I don’t know… It’s a tough one to add to my already “thick” to do list for the book but I want and feel the need to get it as perfect as I can.
In addition to this, I am also revising the first novella of the Ravanguard series, Dim the Veil. It is currently too long by novella word count standards. To be brutally honest though, I’m not happy with the second half of the story. I read it now and it feels…forced. I wanted to implement some things that I thought I could make work but I continue to feel the story doesn’t fit. Rather, it lacks what So Speaks the Gallows has embodied and consistency should be found not only in a single story but from story to story in a series. This is why I’m going back through and giving it a proper scrub and tuck.
As you can see, I’m busy with plenty of things on the writing table. Throw in my day job and my family and I am doing my best to balance everything. My respect goes out to all those who do this well. Again, I am astounded by my wife who does so much each and every day. She’s amazing and I cannot imagine being a parent without her. Truly, she is a rock and nearly perfect partner. Watching her with our son brings me great joy.
No call to action today. I don’t have anything to be honest and I’d rather not force something unless there’s one to offer. Look out for my next blog post on the 9th. It will be another “Forever Re-watchable” post. Here’s a hint: “I said good morning, Gill.”