March was an incredibly long month! February feels like ages ago, doesn’t it?
I never thought I would scrap my first draft (which I had been working on since August) and start over before I finished, but here we are.
[ICYMI] Posts from March:
March 1st: February Recap
March 6th: Supporting Characters in Dawning Life
March 13th: Writer Pet Peeves + Gray Haze update
March 20th: How to Stay Motivated (as a writer)
March 27th: Writing Fake Languages + Gray Haze update
I started Chapter 1 of the second draft yesterday, and I can already tell this is going to be much better. This summer is going to be packed with Family Events that will no doubt slow my progress considerably, but I’ll hold out hope that I can finish by December. However, I’m not going to apply the same amount of pressure on myself as I did when I started the first draft. That obviously didn’t go well for me. If I can just write something of quality, something that I can be proud of, then it doesn’t matter how long it takes.
In my last newsletter, I mentioned that I would publishGray Haze under a pen name. I believe it is going to be M.C. Canon (a variant of Mitzi C Books, get it?), but that is subject to change. I will keep this url until July 27th, and if I haven’t changed my mind, then M.C. Canon will be my new brand.
In March, I read four books (one of which I began in February, and another which I finished on Monday): The Never Hero by T. Ellery Hodges, which I would rate about 3 stars, On the Night of the Seventh Moon by Victoria Holt (5 stars), Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (5 stars), and its sequel, Crooked Kingdom (5 stars). So it was a good month of reading for me. Leigh Bardugo really made me care about all the characters, so it’s been difficult for me to move on. I’m also sad about a certain character death that I didn’t think was necessary or connected to the plot, but I loved everything else enough that I couldn’t lower my rating.
March was probably more excruciating mental health-wise than February. I haven’t really been myself for several weeks. I know it’s a temporary side-effect of a new medication, so I’ve been enduring it without extra help. I haven’t stopped exercising, and I’ve picked up intermittent fasting again just for kicks. It’s weird that I’ve tried doing everything right for my health — exercising 40 min/day, eating healthy, drinking water, getting plenty of sleep — and yet I still feel vacuous and exhausted. I do believe the depression is beginning to wane a little bit. By the end of April, I hope to be mostly free of it. My productivity will soar as soon as it vanishes. Wouldn’t that be something? To feel like a normal human again…
The best part of March was the snow melting! There is barely any left now. Though we’re still dropping below freezing most nights, the days are warm enough that you can open the windows in the evening while making dinner. That has been nice.
What are your plans for April? How much progress have you made toward your goals? Let me know in the comments!