Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Wishy Washy

I've taken the last 7 weeks off from blogging. It wasn't intentional to take that much time off, but I needed the break. A lot of things happening in this part of the world, mostly personal and boring and not necessary to bring up. Suffice it to say that I'm working on making parts of my life more balanced against each other, rather than one aspect dominating all of my time and attention. To that end, I'll be popping in once and a while to see how everyone is doing, and while I can't guarantee I'll be able to read every blog post, nor will I be able to comment on them all, know that I have missed you all.

During this time, I've been doing a lot of revising. I'm about halfway through draft two, and a quarter way through draft three. The second draft is taking longer than I expected, only because I've made one or two substantial changes that have ramifications across the entirety of the story. I have a decent rhythm going with these drafts, where I make a ton of changes, send those pages to two of the most excellent crit partners I've ever know, and while I wait for their notes, I keep going on draft two. Once I get them back, I make those changes into draft three, and see if anything needs to be updated in draft two before I send them the next set of pages.

Wow. That was, quite possibly, one of the strangest and most boring paragraphs in existence. I apologize for you having just read it. Unless you skimmed and skipped and don't know what I'm talking about, then never mind.

Okay, so to recap, busy with work, busy with kids, busy editing, not enough time for video games or reading. Things have changed here and there, made more efficient for our day to day, and work still needs to be done. Our sump pump decided to shit the bed over the last few days, and added to the fact that we had to have the roof replaced last month, I'm just done. Last night, The Wife said she thinks the house is trying to eat us. I'm not sure I can disagree with that sentiment.

Word to the Nerd

8 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The House That Ate People...
The drafting and editing part made sense to me.
Good to hear from you, Joshua!

Azia DuPont said...

I feel ya- about trying to balance everything in life so that one thing isn't dominating all other parts. It's quite the juggling act for me and I don't have to add a career into the mix. I'm so impressed with you! To be a dad, work full-time AND find time to write!? You deserve some serious props! Or at least a beer. Good luck with your house! We found out the rental we moved into this past October contains mothafrickin LEAD PAINT and were not told about it. Suffice to say, we are moving. 4 weeks before my due date. AWESOME.

Sarah Ahiers said...

Houses man. I think they're trying to destroy us all

Johanna Garth said...

Sounds like you're making good progress where it counts...with your WIP. :)

Scope said...

I'm still trying to find the balance after my job suddenly lightened up.

Pickleope Von Pickleope said...

Apology accept...No, no, you know what, I don't accept your apology for having read that "strange" paragraph. You took the time to write that paragraph and apologize for it being "most boring" yet you abbreviated "critic" or "critical" to "crit"!?! Unacceptable.
That said, good luck with the editing and family and house stuff.

Mandy_Fish said...

I think it's cool that you're here again.

Emily White said...

Blech. Say no to houses. I'm going to live in a tent.