David Drazul


11/21/19: 40,000 words!

Hit it last night. I'd basically gone over two months without writing as life got busy and only recently made the time and murdered my excuses. Looking back to when my last milestone was, I cringe.

9/2/19: Two days of writing: one of 350 words, one of 600. Both in the same chapter.

7/24/19: Got another 500 words, primarily the intro to the meat of a chapter. Provides background for a major decision by a leading character.

7/23/19: A good day yesterday. 1,000+ words! Resolved an interrogation chapter which led me to discover new characters and twists to the conspiracy I hadn't considered before.

7/7/19: Nope. Nada. Zilch.

Celebrated my 20th wedding anniversary with my wife in Iceland (Fantastic time), visited a college on my son's list, repaired a leak in my roof, and harvested firewood for next winter (now splitting said firewood).

Also got bit by the geneaology bug. Hard. It's like solving a mystery. Pushing it to see how far back it goes. Addictive.

3/21/19: Wrote 900+ words for Gateway a couple days ago. Filled in the dialogue for a confrontation scene that I'd been unsure how to develop. It just rolled on out. It wasn't a moment of epiphany. I just forced myself to start typing. And once I started, I just kept right on going until I finished the chapter.

Here's to more days like that one. \_/

3/15/19: Not much to add. Winter seems done. The late snow is melting, revealing the ice beneath. No real work accomplished on Gateway. Managed to start working on a short story. Looked at a potential new cover for Armistice Day.

Yes, life is keeping me busy.

And yes, my lack of progress is eating away at me. I don't know how to make it stop.

1/4/19: Yep, I survived the 2018 holiday season. Three months of prepping for not only holidays, but birthdays as well. Woo boy, I'm exhausted. Still catching up on lost sleep, and now I need to lose ten pounds. Seriously. Twenty would be better.

Unfortunately, the fourth quarter of 2018 was a bust for writing. There hasn't been time. I completely understand why some writers run away to remote locations or hide themselves to get work done. I love my family and friends, but maintaining healthy, happy relationships requires time and presence. So, writing is neglected. And as I watch the pages on the calendar flip by on the breeze of time, I try really hard not to let it eat away at me.

Here's to a more productive 2019.

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