You know how you get a thing going that you love and then it completely consumes your life and you can’t breathe anymore and you’re suffocating in this thing that you love but it’s harder to love now because it’s bigger than you ever imagined and you’re running out of breath just thinking about the power and weight of this thing you created and you need to just…
And let it be.
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I put an envelope to my head and I saw the future. There will be a giveaway! Someone will win a book. It’s coming, but when?
Some stuff happened. The last six months have been a blur.
The Writer’s Workout played a game called Cabin Wars in July and my team won! Together, we wrote 242,365 words in one month. Overall, the members of The Writer’s Workout produced almost 600,000 words of fiction in July, 2016. How awesome is that?!
The Team portion of the Writer’s Games kicked off in August and ran through Sept. Event six caused a Death Match (two teams tied for first), which our surprise guest judge declared should be…. haiku. Each team had to produce a story told by five haiku. Members of the Writer’s Workout and the Surprise Judge picked the winner.
The Games Anthology was released right on schedule in October. While all this was going on, I’ve been trying and failing to fix Part Two of The Third Death. It’s not going well. It’s not that it’s particularly difficult to write, or that the material is complex; it’s not chronological and the narrator shifts time frequently (one of the major drawbacks to editing a story written during NaNoWriMo). I need two maps, four diagrams, a chart, and a compass to follow it so cleaning it up and reorganizing is a bit like stealing from a dragon. It can be done, but only carefully.
Some more stuff happened and I put down the pen for a few weeks. The sadness is too much to bear.
I’m trying to focus on different things. Bigger, far more challenging, and very different. We’re moving The Writer’s Workout in a new direction. It’s been a long time coming and I hope that soon I’ll be able to give it the focus it deserves. For now, I’m just trying to keep breathing.
And that’s Part One of The Third Death. Done.