Friday, November 30, 2007

Progress. Or Not So Much Progress

Once again, writing and reading are coming last. I am still trying to finish Mansfield Park. Since it was a library book, kinda falling apart, and sort of a full-attention read, I didn't bring it along to S.C. I wouldn't have gotten much reading in anyway. I only read about twenty-five pages of the new Eloisa James novel. I was busy watching performances by my niece, reading stories, getting a makeover (by my niece), and having a pretend sleepover. And even now I'm having trouble finishing. I have only about forty or fifty pages left, but whenever I get the chance to read, I'm so tired, my eyes are falling closed. This weekend though, definitely. I'm going to finish it.

Writing has actually been going a little bettter. I hardly have any time for it, but I'm trying to squeeze in a half hour here and there, and it's almost as if the pressure has fallen away. I don't expect to accomplish much, so when I get some good editing time in, I'm actually very satified. My goal is to keep this up for the weekend. I'm hoping to decorate the house for Christmas (and deal with a hundred other things), so maybe I'll just sneak in to the computer every few hours and try to make a little progress. It's all I can hope for right now, I think. I knew it would come down to this--December is just crazy.

I took my son to the orthopedist today and his diagnosis was confirmed. The bright spot was that they trimmed down (cut in half) one of their padded slings that gets held in place with Velcro, and he seems to be much happier with this arrangement. Particularly because it's black (one of his favorite colors--think Darth Vader), and it doesn't have silly animals on it. There's a Velcro strap wrapped around his body in place of the Ace bandage (which I prefer, not having to deal with those little metal clips--whatever they're called). So today he's in a better mood. So I'm in a better mood.

Now...before my boys come running in, I'm going back to write (revise) for a few minutes. Have a great weekend!


Travis Erwin said...

Keeping hammering away at the writing. That's what I'm trying to do myself. And i'm with your son. Black beats silly animals any day.

Sara Hantz said...

Glad your son is happier. Hope you get plenty of writing done!

Amanda Ashby said...

Mansfield Park is one of my least favorite Jane books, because the first time I read it, I didn't really understand what a gothic novel was, so I missed most of the parody!!! Glad your son is on the mend!

Amanda Ashby said...

Of course I've just realised that I was referring to Northanger Abby, not Mansfield Park. Duh!!!!

Alyssa Goodnight said...

That's a relief, Amanda, because I'd been thinking I missed it too!

I've yet to read Northanger Abbey, but I plan to next year.

Catherine Avril Morris said...

Sounds like you've got a lot going on. And your writing plans--getting it done when you can, and not pressuring yourself--sound perfect. That's the way to do it, especially in a crazy month like this one.