Some days I have the most incredible bursts of clarity. This week has been full of those days. I've had some big stuff on my mind, and I worked through a lot of it; I feel a little more settled and have gained a lot of important and interesting perspective. I won't bore you with the details, but trust me when I tell you it's good for my writer brain to have this sort of clarity, to be able to move past things that would have ordinarily gotten under my skin--or worse, into my head.
I wrote a good chapter. The best ones are the ones that write themselves. That happened the other night, and it's a good sign.
Two more work days left until my next writer vacation. Goal word count for vacation: 25,000. That's if I make it to vacation without going insane (my workload's just a wee bit ginormous lately). I ahve a lot of work ahead of me...to get to the other lot of work I have ahead of me. But it'll all be worth it when I have a finished first draft that I'm totally stoked to revise. (Finishing may not happen until the end of December. I may wait a couple weeks to write the final chapters of the book. It would be a fantastic way to end the year...)