Monday, April 21, 2008

The Chapter That Wouldn't End

The muse conspired against me when it came to writing this last chapter. I think I wrestled with it for two weeks. Novels do not get written when you do a chapter every two weeks. Gah!

This chapter was particularly difficult to write and I know it needs a lot more work. But for now, it's gonna work, darn it, until the editing stage comes around. And I am blessedly looking forward to the next chapter, starting off with that white screen in front of me, and the frustration of the last chapter behind me.

Weekend Recap

Saturday was busy with my stepson's track meet (he got first place in the 400 and set a new record!) and taking my daughter to a birthday party. It was a glorious day in the 70's and everyone was out and about enjoying the weather. I did a bit of shopping, but by 2 p.m., I knew I was in for a long night. My head began to pound and by the time I'd picked up my daughter and came home, I had a full-blown migraine.

Thankfully, my husband was home to take care of things and I went down to our room in the basement where it was wonderfully dark and quiet and lay there in complete misery. Goodness. I slept and slept and woke up at 1:42 a.m. Sunday and still had a headache. After watching an old movie (Boom Town with Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy), I went back to sleep. Hubby made me breakfast Sunday morning and then I took another nap.

I was not happy about all of this - after all, it was the weekend and prime writing time! Sunday afternoon hubby got me out of the house and I went and picked out a new pair of frames for my glasses. They will look much better than the frames I have now, but I didn't like the price. Oh well. A small dent in my vacation fund, but this was a definite "must have" so will have to just deal with it.

And in other good news, I had someone respond to my "ad" for a critique partner and I'm thrilled! I think we'll be a good match for each other. :-) And I'm motivated to get this novel done and polished. I'm making good progress, but this will help me kick it up a notch!

Alright, enough about me. How was your weekend?



12 comments:

  1. Good luck with your new critique partner and the polishing of your novel! I hope it all goes smoothly for you.

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  2. Hope you've recovered from your migraine. Great news about your new CP - good luck with the book!

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  3. Thanks, Holly!

    Kate, I'm definitely feeling much better. :-)

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  4. oh I forgot to mention that I had to repair a section of my fence and got a sliver in the process that is now turning all red. Well I'll take that over a migraine any day.

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  5. Brian, I'd take a sliver over a migraine, too. Unless, of course, it gets all infected and you have to go to the doc and have surgery or something. ;-)

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  6. Hope that migraine is long gone now :)

    Congrats on the new frames! And on finding a cp.

    Our weekend was good. Sean and I went for a loooong walk yesterday and found some cool spots. Only thing is, I forgot my camera. Argghh. So we'll go again on an even nicer day WITH my camera *g*.

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  7. Tess, a nice, long walk sounds heavenly! I'm still feeling a trace of the migraine, but I'm trying to ignore it. :-)

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  8. Nothing to do with the blog, other than I hope you're feeling tons better. However, the way you've cropped that profile picture ... Looks verrrrryyyy sexy, madam. :o)

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  9. Why thank you, Diane!

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  10. Wow. I got a migraine on Saturday too. Not to get off on a medical tangent, but -- a few months back I finally went to see a neurologist and I now have far fewer migraines than I was because a) I take a beta blocker every day, which seems to keep them away a great deal of the time b) she prescribed Relpax, which, when the migraines do come, actually cures them if I take one early enough. I'm sorry!

    But hooray on the crit partner. Last night I sent out the first 5 chapters/50 pages of my WIP to my new crit group and got excerpts from two of them to review.

    I've got my fingers crossed for both of us :)

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  11. Lisa - I rarely get migraines - my headaches are mostly tension-related, which is why the migraines just floor me. But I sure could have used some stronger medicine when this one hit.

    Good luck with the new crit group!!!

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  12. Crit partners are hard - have to get good chemistry with them. I have a great one that we have been writing partners together for nearly 3 years now!

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