As the title suggests, I will be taking a blogging break. There is only one reason for this – the novel. I promised myself a complete first draft finished by the end of March, before S. and I leave for the Final Four. And oh, readers, I am getting close! In fact, I’ve even written the last line, which I’ve known since the beginning of the book. Now that I’m so far in, it’s so much easier to write, actually – which surprises me. I think it’s because I know the character’s voices now, and I know how most of the rest falls together. The biggest surprise for me is the realization I still don’t know if Anna stays with her ex-husband, Ben, up in Michigan or if she goes with Joel, the vagabond guitar player. It had always been my intent that she stays with Ben, her One True Love, but as I write I’m really beginning to love Joel and recognize she and Ben are terribly flawed when together, no matter how much they try. Not sure which way I’ll go with that, yet. I’ve also given myself permission to skip writing two of the chapters, the two chapters that will take the most research, and conduct the research during the two months I plan to take off once the draft is complete.
Because my writing time is limited to mornings and weekends, and because March is looking ridiculous in terms of travel for both work and pleasure, I have to work on my novel every spare chance I get. I’ll keep my sidebars updated and I will certainly be reading your blogs, so I won’t be disappearing completely. I expect to return either after the week I am taking off to hide away at my in-laws in their farmhouse on the river in upstate New York to complete the draft and help my mother-in-law after her surgery, or immediately after the Final Four in early April – it really depends on when I am able to finish. The earliest I’ll be back is March 24, the lastest April 5 or so.
I wish you all a great blogging March, and I will see you soon!