Yes, it’s been awhile, but I’ve been busy! (I promise!)
The Queen #2 is done — like, complete and total final draft. It’s off to the formatters.
73,997, words. I ended up cutting about 1,000 words from what I thought was the final draft to the real final. I’m actually quite happy with this. Basically, there is something great about reading on my Kindle and how that impacts the real experience of the book.
224, pages, in case you were wondering.
0, covers I’ve decided on.
0, dates I’ve decided on for actually publishing the book.
10,000AED, I managed to save after negotiating our rent yesterday. Another year in Villa Hooks.
1, dozen free chocolate covered strawberries I received (promotional).
1, panel I’ll be speaking on this evening at NYUAD.
1, pitch I’m working on for a NatGeo children’s show (no, I don’t have kids).
1, article I’ve had accepted for Lonely Planet.
1, article I’m hoping to place with USA Today (keep those fingers crossed).
1, manuscript I need to start working on.
1, fan fiction I’ll probably end up writing instead.
Hey gang! I’ve been busy so far this year, and here’s some reasons why…
1, cold I’ve managed to get. For someone who rarely gets sick, I’m not quite sure what’s going on and basically pretending like it’s not happening.
1, gym we’ve joined! Hello, cliches for a new year, but this was long overdue. Even with my cold, I made it to two classes this week with plans for another at the weekend.
169, pages on the (almost) final draft of The Queen 2 edited. There will still be a final ‘final’ polish and a few story ideas I need to double check, but I’m hopeful to be finished by the end of the month so I can start writing 2018’s book.
0, National Championships won by my beloved UGA. We were so close, but I’m very proud of how the Dawgs finished the season. (Don’t ask Hubs, he’s still pretty broken up over the results).
1, article accepted by Lonely Planet. Let the pitching continue!
10:00PM, time I went to bed on NYE. Yes, adulting!
~5,000, words (almost) fan fiction written in the past two weeks. My muse was on FIRE and it’s been fun! I’m not really sure the why of it, but I’m not complaining.
I hope your 2018 is off to an amazing (flu free) start!
Just trying to keep up with everything these days…
42, pages out of 195 that I’ve edited so far on Queen 3. I’d hoped to make more progress, but I’m in the middle of cutting and rearranging a few scenes so it’s SUPER slow going. (And I completely neglected the book today).
1, hair cut and color (back to some form of blonde).
1, new review for the Queen.
1, second draft of the Queen 2 sent to the editor. *eagerly waits in anticipation*
Many, new writer groups I’ve joined on Facebook. Hoping for more tips and trips soon!
9, episodes of Stranger Things watched. I loved this season — how about you?
All, days of the 30×30 Dubai fitness challenge I’ve completed so far. Sometimes it’s been a bit less active than others, but I have committed to 30 minutes a day.
1, evening of trick or treating complete — the first we’ve ever done as expats.
When you think a week is going to going one way, and then it goes another way entirely…
175, pages edited. I will definitely finish up the ‘hand written’ draft of Queen 3 this weekend, or early next week at the latest. I’m think of giving myself a week off to give some attention to marketing the first book, before I dive into actually incorporating all the notes. It’s going to be a relatively long process.
1, new episode of What’s Cooking UAE I shot last night — lots of fun. Haggis was involved.
1, trip to Abu Dhabi this week, including a catch up with a friend I haven’t seen in awhile and reviewing 3 new restaurants.
2, (paid) freelance writing assignments I’m up for. Maybe writing for a living is actually possible!
0, units of alcohol I would like to consume this weekend. It’s been a heavy couple of weeks.
2, pieces of Halloween candy I bought from the store today. Sometimes being an expat comes out in strange ways.