March writing update (tired, tired, tired)

In last month’s update, I talked a bit about the Pomodoro Technique and my March goal of finishing up a working draft of my dissertation. I am very (VERY) relieved to say I was successful! 🙂  Here’s this month’s sticker update:


I have 30k words for the month of March (1 sticker = 1k words, except for the car stickers, which each represent a dissertation chapter I finished), and a completed dissertation draft. While there’s still a lot of hard work to be done on it (editing, editing, editing), I’m just relieved to have the bulk of it done.

If you’ve been keeping count, this puts me at 122k words written so far this year. And . . . well, that is an abnormally fast pace for me. Writing The Falconer 2 and then leaping straight into finishing a dissertation draft was not easy, and I would pretty much never, ever recommend working on two large projects back to back with hardly any rest in between. Never.

If you look at my January/February/March calendar pages, you’ll note that I’ve had a grand total of 9 days off from the start of January through March 20 (the day I dropped into bed and slept forever). I’ll be honest: by the time I got to the 19th of March (kitty sticker day), I was a mess. I was more exhausted than I had ever been in my life, and had literally made myself sick from stress and excessive work. I finished, and I’m glad of it, but now I absolutely intend on taking it easy this month.

So for April, I’m going to write less and edit more, so I’ll probably come up with a new sticker system for that. And I have a lot of sleep to catch up on. 🙂

xx Elizabeth May