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Image description: a white wall covered with sticky notes; a knitting basket filled with yarn; a knitting bag with yarn sticking out; a lamp with branches and leaves stitched onto it.

It's progress.

I might even finish up this phase tomorrow.
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98 / 139 pages. 70% done!


I am trying to get my book turned in this week, so I'm making pretty good progress on that though I am in need of more and more revision the closer I get to the end.

In other news, I'm not really sure how this happened but I appear to be on the Whitcoulls top 100 in New Zealand, sandwiched neatly between Eat Pray Love and Eragon. Thanks, New Zealand!
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32466 / 78141 words. 41% done!



This means that I have at last finished sewing up my lost words into the middle of the novel. I've also, it seems, lost about two thousand words in the process, which doesn't surprise me; it's like when you take electronics apart and when you put them back together you realize that somehow you have three extra screws left over. Sometimes that's not a problem and sometimes it is.

I think that I had better do one complete read-through for consistency before I continue with revisions; and the timing works out because I can do that while I'm traveling. And after that? There's every chance I can finish this by the middle of October if I keep on at a good pace.

Whew.

When my hard drive crashed and I said I could still maybe meet my deadline, I was totally lying. :)
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Slings and Arrows was so good! I may have to periodically rewatch when I need a reminder that being able to do art that you care about, and being able to do it in the company of people you care about, is one of the very best things that there is.

Having finished Slings and Arrows means I was hunting for something else I could watch on Netflix and settled on Merlin which is the sort of thing that makes me go, "Well, that wasn't actually good. Still, I'll watch just one more..."

This is the sort of TV show that is only necessary when you're in All Knitting All The Time mode.

Speaking of,

I am amused by Vampire Knits, out this week.

And the update you have been waiting for:


28105 / 80000 words. 35% done!



Current thought is that I might finish this bit before the Of Montreal & Janelle Monae show, which would make me happy. I would feel like I had earned it. But, really, I've earned it either way.
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Sparks and Ashes, version Hardy Heron:




22617 / 80000 words. 28% done!


The math is still not working out too much in my favor but I'm starting to feel better about this; starting to feel confident, at least, that if I don't get it done by mid-October it will be, at least, very close.
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45710 / 40000 words. 100% done!


After my shower I sat down and said, "I have a day off. I have nothing that needs doing, except the dishes. There is no reason for me not to sit down and finish this book."

So I did.

Who cares about dishes? I'm going for *DESSERT*.
owlectomy: A girl is moving the lever from "third person" to "first person" on a novel writing machine. (firstperson)
42863 / 40000 words. 107% done!


Ending: I'm getting there! And made, if nothing else, a better stab at getting the emotional arc the way I wanted it...
owlectomy: A girl is moving the lever from "third person" to "first person" on a novel writing machine. (firstperson)
40333 / 40000 words. 100% done!


So, the bad news is, I'm not 100% done after all. I should be hitting the climax pretty soon and after that it's all denouement from there, but I don't know how long it's actually going to take.

The good news is, yay 40,000 words!
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38033 / 40000 words. 95% done!

If anyone asks why the book is taking so long, I am going to answer, "Because of the giraffe," and stare dreamily into space, and say nothing more.
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36282 / 40000 words. 90% done!


I'm in no mood for a "Rocks fall, everybody dies" kind of ending, but I keep having the urge to write, "And then she got a pony! And its name was Sparkles! THE END."

At this point in the other draft, I had about 10,000 words to go, so that seems pretty reasonable...
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33328 / 40000 words. 83% done!

That 40,000 is looking more and more fictional every day, but I'll go on and see what happens to it and let's just assume I won't be turning in The Name of the Wind or whatnot. (That 40,000 is in addition to the ~35,000 that come first, of which ~16,000 no longer exist).
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23914 / 40000 words. 59% done!
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17610 / 40000 words. 44% done!

...No, I didn't forget!
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11571 / 40000 words. 28% done!

...I really need to start writing in the morning. As opposed to just telling myself that I really need to start writing in the morning. There is approximately a 1 in 3 chance on any given day of Ridiculousness sapping my motivation and energy.
owlectomy: A girl is moving the lever from "third person" to "first person" on a novel writing machine. (firstperson)
 
7756 / 40000 words. 19% done!

It's my July of Writeousness and therefore I get to make up my own rules and my rule is: I don't get to say "I suck" because I haven't yet written as much as I wanted to write. And also, staring at the ceiling trying to figure out the plot counts as real work.

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