Second Chance Progress Check-In

Good morning and Happy New Year!

It’s 2021 now, and things aren’t looking any better than last year. As such, I’ve decided to just focus on college, writing, and family. The world is chaos and I don’t like it. I lost my job, so I have some free time. Time to write. New medications are making my depression more tolerable, so I can see through the fog, for now.

“Second Chance” is doing well. I’ve just finished writing chapter seven. I am currently averaging between 500-1500 words a day, depending on the temperament of my children and granddaughter each day.

I’m eager to finish the story. I’m finding the hardest part of writing is putting my characters through difficult situations. This work features LGBTQ themes and violence, so it is difficult to write sometimes. There are echoes of my own life hidden in the stories of the characters, and that also makes it hard some days to make progress.

But, such is the life of a writer. I’m documenting it here, despite the small audience, mostly for my own records. I want my children to read this some day and understand that I struggled with this process, but I did not quit. I will finish this novel. My current goal is to finish my March 31st. I’m playing with several software platforms to find the best one for writing a novel.

The image for this post is a preliminary book cover design I created with Adobe. Creating it, I learned just how bad I am at cover design. I’m going to have to find someone to help me because I’m absolute rubbish at it!

Time to get back to the writing grind! Feel free to leave me comments, suggestions, or thoughts. I appreciate all the support I get from knowing a dozen or so people regularly read my posts and enjoy them. You keep me posting!


Published by cathymariebown

I am a writer and student looking for my place in the digital world.

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