I’ve reached a magical moment in my life. I’m past the halfway mark. No, no, it’s not my birthday, and I’m not planning on dying at age 70. But I’ve managed to pass some milestones and wanted to share.
At the beginning of the year, I started the 10-week long Colonel’s Challenge at work. That entails doing situps/pushups, lifting weights, and getting aerobic/high intensity exercise in. Last week started us on the second half, and I’m making really good progress despite my inability to do pushups.
One wouldn’t think a group of programmers would be high on the charts when compared to a bunch of state troopers, but me and my cohorts are pinging the top ten lists. I’m only on the top 10 for my situp count, but still, I’m continually upping the amount of weight I lift per session. Last night, I logged 8100 lbs, my best yet.
Brief update on the wrist: the pain from the cortisone shot wore off, and my wrist is in better but not 100% condition. I’m presently designing a gymnastic-style wrist brace with a steampunk flare for everyday wear to avoid the occasional twinge I still feel. That way I can do stuff like pick up my kid or pull out a pan to cook dinner. As a positive, though, my wrist only hurts when I bend it too far, so the pain doesn’t often arise when I’m at my job typing away at code or working on my book.
And now, the book!
Most of the time, I don’t write chronologically. I’ve got four POVs in Isto, and I write where inspired and keep the momentum going as long as I can. This usually means I’ve got gaps where I’ve put chapter placeholders. It was last year’s goal to figure out all the scenes I needed to get me to the end of the book, and I successfully did that. But my “plan” constantly shifts as ideas branch off when I write and I leap from limb to limb. So what might have previously been one chapter becomes four and vice versa.
Last week, I realized I was past halfway. Out of my 64 chapters planned, I’ve only got 19 more to write. I was a bit floored by that. I mean, I’ve only been working on this book for going on five years now. But the real shocker for me was that chronologically, I’m past halfway. The first half of my book isn’t missing any gaps and none of the chapters are flagged for toss-out-and-rewrite. And based on this, my monster of a book isn’t going to be as huge as I originally thought. Sure, it’s still going to be over 200K because my written “keepable” content (crossing fingers there) is currently sitting at 147K, but with only 19 more chapters to go, I probably won’t hit that previously anticipated 300 mark. (For those of you who grow wide-eyed and boggled of mind at that, I do write long and edit down.)
Isn’t that exciting? It’s enough to get this squirrel’s tail quivering. I’m actually making progress!
What’s your progress looking like toward your goals? Have you reached any milestones lately? What’s making your tail quiver?