Happy Wednesday Friends! The quote in the title is from Albert Camus (according to the world of goodreads).
So I'm going to get the bad news out of the way... I didn't finish seven chapters. I can hear the surprise in your voice... I'm kidding. When I wrote that, even I knew I was kidding myself. But I have a legit reason for not completing it! I ended up getting an awful cold and took cold medicine that made me super drowsy and Zombie-like.
So there, I failed. But that's a-okay because I prevailed in a variety of other areas.
I connected with my CP again after a brief hiatus since she was traveling, and we're working with one another again. I'm hoping it goes pretty quickly (this round), but I'm not holding my breath. I'll be submitting queries once I'm finished, but will still be tweaking as I do that. I think it'll become a stronger novel.
I did finish virtual editing Chapter One on Sunday in between marathon playing The Sims with some of my friends (we had a gaming party at my friend Katie's house). It was hard to get through the day since I was so groggy, but I made the best Sims house I've ever made (and it's based on a real place!).
Since I haven't worked in the world of my book for such a long time, I'm finding it very difficult to get back into Aurelia's brain. I miss her so much and I have been spending a lot of time trying to get back into that mindset. So to fix that, I've been doing three things:
1) Re-watching The 100
2) Listening to Tree Adam's score of The 100
3) Watching super shippy videos of my favorite not canon pairing on The 100
All three of includes The 100 since so much of my "casting" is covered with The 100 actors. So in about four or five of my boards, you will see that it is littered with The 100 world. It's ridiculous actually. But I love it, so I could never ask for a better show to be inspired by.
I'm just so frustrated that I can't seem to get back into the zone. I balanced both writing projects so well for a while and then when I had to focus on the school one, I poured my heart and soul into that one. I guess I'm just really sad that the momentum I had going all summer is gone and I need it back if I'm going to keep working on my edits. This book means the whole world to me and not having the focus I need on it is really frustrating.
I usually start my writing day by watching some sort of The 100 video just so I can get my head into the Aurelia zone. Clarke and Aurelia have a very similar speaking style that listening to Eliza Taylor's voice and seeing her reaction to things helps me get a visual and hear Aurelia in my head. It's important for me to be able to "hear" my character's voice to get their diction just right.
So this next week, I'm hoping to make some more progress on Vigilant because work does honestly need to get done. My family can't really go anywhere for Christmas (except for Jumanji on Christmas Eve) due to my sister's health, so we won't really be that busy. I'm hoping to get a lot of this book edited. I might do my edits on the computer to speed through it. It'll go a lot faster. I'm also trying not to make too big of changes since this is supposed to be my breeze through round! GAH!
See you all soon :)