Another slow month for me in May. Though I was able to return to rewrites on my novel, I still struggled with being sick for most of the month, until a round of mega antibiotics cleared up my sinus infection (or whatever was actually going on). I spent most of my time completing the minor revisions I talked about last month, shoring up my weaker scenes and fine-tuning the characterization early in the book. In the end, I really only needed to make minor revisions to one scene, rewrite another scene, and add one new scene to the first act. So not too bad. Though I wanted to finish Act 2a by the end of the month, I still have one chapter to go. Being sick really messed up my productivity.

Otherwise, I spent a lot of time brainstorming on my epic fantasy I’m wanting to write. I worked several hours on developing a new version of my conlang that I’m happier with, and I now have a notebook by the couch to write down ideas when I’m watching TV. The ideas are really starting to flow, but it’s all still brainstorming at this stage. I’m not going to bother with trying to outline anything until my WIP is done, and even then, I’m going to try to write my murder mystery first. I want to take a stab at a more episodic series before taking on an epic.

Also, I got a new wireless ergonomic keyboard that I really like (Microsoft Sculpt). It’s a lot smaller than my old one, so I don’t have to reach so far for my mouse while I’m working (which I do a lot more than I would have thought), and it’s better suited for gaming for that reason too.

Word Counts:

Blog/Newsletter: 808
BLOOD OF SALT, TEARS OF PEARL: 6,396

Total Words Written Last Month: 7,187
Total Words Written in 2022: 72,633

Plans for This Month:

I only have three scenes to complete before Act 2a is finished, which I’m hoping to get done by the end of next week, if possible. Then I’ll review the whole thing, see if any changes are needed, and then move on to Act 2b. I’ve made it my goal to complete at least one chapter a week, so hopefully by the end of this month, I’ll have completed the rewrite through Chapter 14, which is about halfway through Act 2b. Being summer break now, my life schedule is a little more demanding with kiddo’s camps and other activities, but I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to make good progress anyway.

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