The Sunday Circle: Under the Wire 2

Had a decently productive week this past week. I stuck to my goal of two chapters re-read a night, setting up the scene list and time map for each scene. I also estimated out how long each of my research books would take to read (based on 15 minute timing multiplied out to pages per hour and then dividing the number of pages per book). Since it was always late when I timed, I bet I may be able to read a smidge faster, but I also wasn’t actively interrupted by Bug, so it’ll probably break close to even. It’s a little depressing, seeing the number of hours required for each book, but meh. At least it’s probably realistic.

This week, I’m working on: Continuing the two-chapters a day re-read with notes and scene/time mapping. If I keep up with this pace, I should be finished by Friday, which would be great. I’m also going to try to squeeze in an hour of reading one of my research books a day, which sounds rather sad that I have to squeeze it in, but really, it’ll be quite a challenge this week.

This week, I’m inspired by: Oh, I’ve been cartooning again, which I absolutely love. Finally settled on a rough style that works for a broad range of characters either fully developed or in the process of developing, and it’s just been loads of fun.

I’ve also started Gotham Season Three, and so, so much love. Even though half the time I still have moments of eye-roll at the cliche dialogue, somehow it makes me more than willing to overlook it. Oh, Ed Nygma! I just cannot get over how fun you are. And Penguin, too. So. Much. Love. Everyone has a need they’re willing to do almost anything for (even totally minor characters who die in two episodes), and those conflicting needs just keeps the energy up. I really need to take note for the novel rewrite, because that’s definitely one huge thing missing in it.

Oh! and I’ve gotten a proper desk! This was actually a couple weeks ago, but this is the first week I’ve really been able to use it, and I LOVE IT SO MUCH! Just being able to sit down and not scrape dinner grime off my workspace before sitting down to write is just…fabulous. And having a dedicated space for writing also makes me feel like I’m giving writing the priority I need to in the day to day, so that’s been lovely, too.

What action do I need to take? Mostly it’s just getting the hour+ of reading in a day, which will be the biggest challenge this week, but as it’s also my birthday shortly, I’d also like to sit down and take stock of the last year–things that have gone well, things that could be improved upon–and think ahead to what I’d like this next year to be like.

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