On the coffee table beside me sits my passport. Its excitement at getting a fresh stamp within its pages is almost visible; it’s practically quivering in anticipation… or maybe I’ve just had too much coffee.
In my defence, I am trying to stay awake for a 2.30am flight. Because, in less than four hours, Hubby and I are off to Singapore – our first overseas holiday in nearly four years! As you can imagine I’m very excited about the trip (see photo for evidence).
I can’t wait to sample an authentic laksa (my favourite dish), slurp on a Singapore Sling, and explore a foreign country I know very little about. But enough about that for now. On to what this post’s really about – the progress I’ve made this week on Tangled, my novel-in-progress. So, did I meet my goal of writing one chapter a week? The short answer is no.
I exceeded it. By writing two chapters. 84 and 85 are now complete. Hooray! Haven’t I been a productive little worker bee? 😀
Okay, okay, in the interests of honesty and transparency, I must confess that the combined word count of the chapters I wrote this week is actually less than the word count of the one chapter I wrote last week. So it’s not really that amazing. But hey, it’s still good progress, right?
Here’s a sample from each chapter for you:
“Kristi stared at me for a moment then turned her gaze downward, back to her book. She sniffled. It took me a moment to realise it wasn’t just her cold, she was actually crying. Shock rendered me speechless and before I could recover, she spoke…”
“I started feeling nervous as soon as I hung up my mobile. Luke asked what was up, and when I told him, he pulled the car over.
‘Whatchya doing?’ I said.
‘Big test tomorrow. You may as well get some practice.’
Jeez that was nice of him. For all he knew, I could’ve been totally shithouse. So, just to put him at ease, I stalled the car two times before I took off. Good one, dickhead.”
As of right now, my word count is sitting at 158,460 (gulp) and I have about 11 chapters left to write. Not too far to go now! I’m still hoping to write a chapter this coming week, but Hubby might have something to say about that…
For the other writers reading this, I’m interested to know: what do you do when you go on a family holiday? Continue writing to keep up the momentum, or put it aside for the holiday and return to it afresh?