The Day After

The book–excuse me, books–is/are finished.

Of course, I’m only talking rough drafts. I still have a mountain of work ahead of me that I can’t even conceive of at this point, nor do I want to.

But the framework for the three-part books Champion series–The Champion, The Heretic, and Elijah–is complete.

Am I satisfied with the final product? No. I had to fight frustration with my own writing over the past few weeks as I finished the final five chapters of Elijah. Every time I would write a chapter, I would almost erase it and tell myself to start again. But instead, I am leaving that for the rewrite phase. When will that come? Probably in a few weeks. Right now, I need to take care of the myriad things that are begging for my attention. This morning, instead of working out and then diving into another chapter of my book, I slept an extra hour, then got working on sanding my back deck–a project that I have put off since last summer.

I have a lot of projects like that. But a friend of mine–Arthur Milward (and a terrific writer, rest in peace)–told me that a real writer’s lawn is always unmowed. I had a hard time accepting the lifestyle part of being a writer–a total commitment–but then I had a had time accepting it when they told me that a doctoral student puts ALL of the rest of his life on hold. Turns out, they were right.

I know I will be writing more soon. You can’t avoid the itch for too long, if you consider yourself a writer, But for now, I am reading the stuff fellow writers are writing, working on the school’s webpage, working on my deck, and enjoying the pool that we finally got up in our back yard.



One thought on “The Day After

  1. Hahaha! I love the “Aloha” ending, seeing that I am from Hawaii. I’m glad that you got all that writing done for your books! I really need to catch up on my writing. >.<

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