Good afternoon, readers! First of all, I apologize for my lack of blogging over the past few months. The last post I made was in March, I believe, announcing my mission trip to Kenya. This post I started in February and never got around to finishing, so before I continue, I’ll share with you what I started writing on February 26–it’s actually some big news. 🙂
50,000 Words Reached!
As of last night, I have FINALLY reached the NaNoWriMo 50,000 word count goal for the sequel to Bridget’s Journey! Schoolwork has kept me away from my book a lot lately, to the point that I really only have time once a week to dedicate to writing–on Thursday afternoons when I visit my writing buddy, Erin, during my sister’s music class. That is why nearly three months later I just finished writing the 10K I was missing at the end of November. This story is coming along slowly-going with maybe a few too many different story lines, but overall, I’m happy with where Bridget and Cynthia are headed. I have the bulk of the story planned out with a little elbow room for spontaneity here and there for those times when ideas come out of the blue.
Since writing the above, I honestly haven’t written much more in the sequel. I probably have only written about 5,000 words since I reached 50K in February. This spring has kept me busy with lots of homework from my college classes, family and friends visiting at different times and preparing for my high school graduation. I finally finished my college and co-op classes by the first week of May and spent the last two weeks of school before graduation finishing Jane Eyre and Math. I graduated last Saturday and since then have been enjoying my time with our grandma visiting from Canada–and READING.
I love reading. I missed reading so much. Since finishing college classes, I’ve finished reading two books (not including Jane Eyre) and I’m looking forward to reading many more this summer and catch up on my reading goal. Of my goal of 40, I have read 9 so far. So, I might have to adjust my goal to 30 again like last year, but hopefully I’ll be able to read a lot this summer!
That all being said, I have not written much lately. However, now that summer is in full swing, I’m hoping to get back at it. I wrote a couple of good scenes last month and I like how Cynthia’s character is developing. However, before I get back into writing again, I think I’m going to take a little break and start editing The Whistler Daughters for the second time. I’m hoping to self-publish it by fall of 2017, so in order to get that done, I’d like to edit it by myself over the summer before sending it to my aunt to start reading it herself. I don’t know how long that will take, it will depend on how much I can get done in between the different trips I have set for June, but hopefully I’ll be able to write now and again throughout the summer, too.
To finish out this post, I’d like to share some pictures from my graduation weekend. I’ll have to make an official, proper post about graduation and another one about my thoughts on Jane Eyre soon.