My right arm is still giving me fits. However, I have discovered that writing with a Papermate felt-tip pen relieves some of the pain and I am still able to work.
Two more chapters were completed over the weekend and I appear to be right on track with my goal of having the novel written before the end of this year. For the first time in, well, ever, there isn’t a self-imposed deadline. I never meet those, so why continue to fool myself? I am writing freely, enjoying the ride and the story is progressing at a much better rate than anything written up-to-date – although this novel feels like it is the only thing I have ever really written in my life. As I have said before: “New respect to the pen and paper authors of the past, and those of us who are doing it today.” Though it isn’t easy, writing this one with pen and paper for the entire first draft before going to the computer, has renewed my love of storytelling, and it is bleeding over into other areas of my life.
For the first time in years, I have picked up the pencil and begun working on drawing again. I’ve even drawn a bird that looks like a bird! Mostly. It isn’t perfect, but I like my drawing attempt of the bird. This time ’round, my hand is a lot more steady and sure, even with the pain in the arm. I am emboldened!
Along with drawing, knitting fever has returned – just in time for Christmas!
In non-writing news, Mo the Cat has taken to sleeping with me every evening. She has taken to waiting for me to recline – on the days I can’t go to bed – or head for my room to park the wheelchair and go into the bedroom and lie down. When either happens, I have a nice warm purring vibration on my chest within seconds and my feet and legs are being warmed by two small dogs. They make me SO happy.
The next few months are going to be very busy ones. October is Inktober so I am going to jump into it with both feet: you can’t get better at something if you don’t practice. Then, November is NaNoWriMo and I will be working on my second novel idea – unrelated to the serial killer one in the works now. I am going to devote all of November to get the first book in a new series idea. Though I’ve failed at NaNoWriMo before, this year I am giving it my all.
As I said – much to do!
Hope everyone’s Monday has been, or is good!