There are times I didn’t think I’d make it, but I’ve finished the latest draft of the Gothic WIP. Structural edits get intricate at times, but I think I’ve excavated the main point of the story. There were subplots to add, and some to remove. The story is better for it.
Stats for the number crunchers: 20k completely new words (new chapters) not including rewrites to existing chapters. The novel clocked in at roughly 79k words. The previous draft was 77k words.
Next up is line edits and that’s where I get to play! Then I should be ready to share it with beta readers. But first up is a short break. We’ll resume shortly after this commercial interruption.
I’ve got a weird confession to make that I feel rather awkward about: I enjoy going to the gym. WHO IS THIS PERSON?
When I discovered that my lack of energy was due to anemia, it all got a whole lot easier. Time on the elliptical doesn’t leave me foggy headed all day. I can enjoy listening to my smutty podcasts and music. For a little while I don’t have to be mom, or worry about deadlines, or juggling two careers. I can just be.
And post pregnancy, then post miscarriage, it felt like this one small thing I could do to take back control of my life and my body. It often felt like this body was not my own anymore — one that had rebelled against me. My body may not have changed much outwardly, but my feelings about it have. I can lift that weight. I can go a little further than I did before. And little by little, I’ve been feeling stronger in more ways than one.
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