The older I get the faster time goes. It’s an old cliche but in my case it’s true. I have no idea where 2015 went other than that I kept busy.
I finished my first draft of my latest work in progress a week ago, and have started the editing process. That is always difficult but exciting — because on one hand, tightening plot is fun and on the other, there are inevitable days of me thinking I’m a rubbish writer and should find a different hobby! But I’m doubling down on it and managed to shave off 40k words in condensing the first two chapters, so this speaks well for the ongoing process.
I seem to be a writer who writes tight plots if I have a foreknown word count; my fantasy novels all kick in at about 80k words, but when I write straight up historical fiction I get long-winded. You would think having a timeline to go off of would help keep me on track, but no… so I must pull out all the weeds and cast aside all the rabbit trails. I’m not going to focus too hard on it at present, though, because … it is the holidays after all.
This music video came together rather on its own, with clips from The Tudors and The White Queen. If I do not find it in me to update again before Christmas, let it be my gift to you.