Magical Truthsaying Bastard Shadesong (shadesong) wrote,
Magical Truthsaying Bastard Shadesong

The Question.

I have never written a whole novel before. I have written poetry, short fiction; My Empire for Ashes is a novella. It's... well, it's not easy to write unless I hit that golden state of mind where everything comes out and all I have to do is get out of the way. But it's much easier to budget time.

Some points:

* A novel is a lot of time, and since I have never written a whole one, I don't know how much.
* Elayna gets home at 3, so I only have til 3 every day.
* Cicatrix is deeply immersive, and I'm hesitant to jump into it when I know I'll be interrupted.
* Having a school-age child means constant interruptions. Not just that 3pm line - there's February break and April break in addition to holiday break, there are half days and teacher workdays... my available time is sliced to ribbons.
* And we have an even bigger interruption coming up. Summer break. Elayna's last day of school is a full month earlier this year: May 30.
* I do not think it possible to write Cicatrix with Elayna home and in preparing-for-college mode.

So I've been flailing. The two possible solutions:

1. Focus on poetry and short fiction for now, and restart Cicatrix in September.
2. See if I can finish Cicatrix before Wiscon. Adam has April break off and can take Elayna to visit colleges and keep her out of the house.

I was planning on #1, but that is making me cranky.

Can I finish this book in two months? I honestly don't know. Judah asked me how far along I am, and I don't know. Not very.

So that is one of the really big things that's been preoccupying me lately.
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