Line Edits, Verse and Deadlines

For the past two days, I had been meaning to print out the current rough draft of Reaper’s Moon and continue work on a holiday short story presently called The Last Christmas which is based in the world of Reaper’s Moon. Unfortunately, I did not do such things during those days. Today – finally – I am printing out Reaper’s Moon and The Last Christmas so I can go over what I have already written and decide what more is needed. Thankfully, I emailed one of the staff for the contest I wish to enter The Last Christmas into and they said verse was fine. The original contest information was a little vague so I am glad I wrote for clarification.

I find great humor in the fact I am writing a story that revolves around Christmas – I do not celebrate it nor do I care for it in any capacity yet the main character in both pieces would have celebrated it. So I write about the most loathed of holidays in my calendar. It is most loathed because of the commercialization & bastardization of it rather than it’s historical merit and original intent.

After much babysitting of the printer to extract the 200+ pages, I now find myself facing a very daunting pile of work. Deciding what should be cut/kept, what more needs to be added & where. I will be starting with the short story of course because it remains on a deadline and is currently unfinished.

In spite of the ‘daunting’ feeling, I feel elation. Elation that I finally accomplished more than a short set of simple poems, that I have this novel being born. All the years of struggling to be/accomplish more have finally starting providing results. It is so lovely.

Other Writing

Now that the drive to complete NaNoWriMo has passed, I remember that there is a writing contest accepting entries through December 12th. The requirements for the contest piece in question is very simple. No more than 1500 words and holiday themed. Simple right. Should probably try to put something together. Yet not really feeling in a holiday mood so coming up with what to write is eluding me. Of course, my mind is still very much into Reaper’s Moon which is not very holiday themed or can it be? Hmm…. Decisions decisions.