When I drove home from work last night, my intentions were entirely to set to the task of finishing Chapter One, if only because I knew then I could say I at least finished Chapter One, though I’m many, many chapters behind my original (and probably high-arching) goal for A Round of Words in 80 Days.
However, when I got home, my roommate was watching House Hunters International[. Curse you, House Hunters International! Next thing I know, it’s past my bedtime and I didn’t write a damn thing. So Chapter One still awaits finishing, but I know much more about the housing market in Mumbai and Dubai. Think anyone will buy it if I say that, since Serpent in a Cage takes place in a desert type area, that it was merely research?
I’m not too worried about it, though. Partially because there’s really no point in worrying about it, and partially because I do think perhaps I set my goal a little too high for this particular project, but at least some work is getting done and that’s more than a girl could ask for. I have a nice, steady looking week ahead of me with a few days off to concentrate on my work and maybe getting things reset so that I have a chapter a week rather than per check-in. But who knows? I’m still angling for that day when several pages flow out of me like it’s nothing and, surprisingly, I’ve caught up with myself. Unlikely, but still possible, though I won’t know for sure unless I try!
I’d say Chapter One is about half-way finished. I’m struggling a little bit with my concern that it’s too much dialogue, but I can think of no better way to establish the main characters’ situation, and so I’m going to try to stick with it Jaxson still needs to come into the picture, but I’m thinking of even holding him off until a later chapter. This would probably be going more quickly if I could find the original first few chapters as a bolster, but, alas, they are still missing in action. Oh, well. Off to write.