Hello, there. It’s late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Sunday, April 30, 2023. I’ve been up since a tad after 6 AM, so it’s been a somewhat longer “waking day” day for me than I expected, at least for a weekend. I did have a good breakfast, plus I’ve consumed a bit more coffee than usual, thus mitigating the negative effects of not getting enough sleep.
I try not to work too much on my writing during the weekend, but I spent several hours yesterday doing “housekeeping chores’ on The New Story. I didn’t add any new material; I just looked at what I had done on Friday, found it lacking, and edited it until I was happy with what is, for now, in the story’s Word .docx file.
Earlier this morning I opened The New Story file to see if I still needed to revise it, especially the parts that I’d written and revised between Friday and yesterday. I hadn’t eaten breakfast yet (I was doing this literary housekeeping between 6:30 and 7:30 AM and had not even bothered to brew some coffee), but aside from a few minor nips and tucks, the draft looked all right.
In case you’re at all interested, here’s where things stand with The New Story as of this blog post:
- Number of Pages: 42
- Number of Words: 14,152
- Chapters Completed (including Prologue): Four
I do not expect to add any new material to the story today. The creative part of me wants to, of course. Writing fills the empty hours in a way that watching TV, gaming, reading, or listening to music can’t. Plus, at the age of 60, I am all too aware that I am getting older and that my time here on Earth is limited and – as it is for all of us – finite. With that in mind, I want to complete the first draft sooner rather than later so I can publish The New Story sometime this year.
The rational part of me thinks that the aspirations of my creative side have a certain validity, but it also knows that I’m a human being, not a computer. As such, I need to rest and not think so much about my “book.” The weekend is almost over, so why not enjoy it? The New Story will still be waiting for me to work on it tomorrow; it won’t kill me to set it aside for the rest of this nice, lazy Sunday.
On that note, then, I take my leave of you, Dear Reader. I bid you a good (day, afternoon, or night, depending on where you are). Until next time, stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.
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