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Homeownership is awesome, but exhausting.

Hello readers! Long time no blog, and I’m sorry. The last month has been just a tad overwhelming, what with buying a house and all, and having to put out escrow-related fires almost daily to keep the whole deal from falling through was just plain exhausting. The crazy’s not about to let up–we still have moving and settling in to do. And through it all, I haven’t been able to bring myself to blog, not even just a little. Typing this right now is making me want to go lie down. But I persevere, for you. Because I love you.

Do I feel a group hug coming on? …didn’t think so.

Anyway, you can probably guess that if I’m too tired and busy to blog, then writing has gone right out the window, and you would guess correctly. I had wanted to launch at the beginning of this month, but those plans are racing out the window to catch up with my writing as I type. The good news, though, is that in a matter of weeks–nay, days–I will have my very own home office (MVOHO, for short), complete with dedicated writing space, and we will have a brand new home computer with high speed internet! And what’s more, it’s FALL! Okay, not officially, but the temperature’s starting to dip to a number that’s very close to mild, and Fall is so close I can smell it. The arrival of fall in and of itself always energizes me and gives me a nice productivity boost. Combine that with MVOHO, and I think you and I will both be amazed at how much writing I can get done in the coming months.

As for THF, I’m setting myself a deadline to get it done by October 31st. Why October 31st? So that I can reward myself by guilt-free nom-nom-nomming on Halloween candy, of course. But also so that it will be done and out of the way in time for this year’s NaNoWriMo, for which I’ve got a whole separate set of plans.

I’d like to have THF at least a third of the way beta’d and in the can before I start posting it, so we’re probably looking at an end-of-month launch. In fact, I’m going to put my foot in it right now and state officially that it will launch September 30th. Of this year, even! And now I HAVE to write it, or you people will kill me dead. But I still love you.

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THF Progress Report and How to Write a Novel in 30 Days

Almost finished rewriting Chapter 2. I should be able to post it for the beta readers tomorrow.

How to Write a Novel In 30 Days, according to Catherynne M. Valente, has inspired me to get off my duff and pick up speed on this novel. Her advice differs from that of NaNoWriMo in that she advocates using your time to create the opposite of crap. Of course, this isn’t so much advice as it is pointing out what people should expect to have to deal with if they attempt such a feat, but her description of her paper writing habits in college sang to me, because they were my habits, too, and it made me remember that I can produce quality writing in a short amount of time. I used to do it all the time. I just need to get back in touch with that part of me that was a little more reckless and willing to take those risks. Hopefully I haven’t left her behind with age.

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Progress Report: Hero Factor

I finished the second draft of chapter 1 (previously known as chapter 3, and which now also accomplishes everything that the original chapters 1-3 did in the first draft). I’ll take a break to clear my mind and then clean it up and post it here (locked, natch) for betas.

So, that’s one down. I’m a lot happier with my beginning now than I was before. I can’t wait to get feedback on it.

In other (non-writing and completely OT) news, after work I’m meeting Husband and Realtor to sign off on our offer on a house. We didn’t get the last house we made an offer on, and I don’t know if I can take that heartache again, so please say prayers and send us positive house-getting vibes. *hopehopehopehopehope*

THF Scheduling and Wonderful Horribleness

I actually managed to shut off my new house fixation long enough this weekend to get some editing (and a teeny bit of writing) done. I also started out today with writing, but then I got sidetracked with house stuff and my actual job. Still, it’s progress.

Also, those who’ve volunteered to beta read for me should know that I intend to bust my hinder to at least get the first chapter to them this week. I’m thinking that I should get five chapters in the can, so to speak, before I start posting. I’m still trying to decide whether to do a weekly or bi-weekly (or possibly monthly) posting schedule. I guess I’ll just have to see how that goes. If my current rate of busy-ness doesn’t let up, we’ll most likely be looking at monthly installments.

In other news, if you’re like me and don’t have sufficient access to the internet on weekends nor access to iTunes, and as such you’ve been wailing and gnashing your teeth over missing the finale of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog, then you, also like me, will be over the moon to find the entire web series posted for posterity at Whedontube. I watched, I sang, I laughed, I cried, and I coveted a dead woman’s shoes*. I also had a lot to say about the ending, and why I think it needed to end that way, and about story structure and purpose in general, but there’s no time for that, so instead I’ll direct you to this comment thread, where a lot of people already said most of what I was going to say.

*I might also have squealed a little at the sight of the Grr! Arrgh! monster. I’ve really missed that little guy.

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