A miracle occurred this month. I barely wrote anything the first two weeks and thought it would take another month for me to finish Part 1, but low and behold: I finished by the end of May like I had originally planned!
May turned out to be more productive than April (story-wise; not blog-wise, unfortunately), even after the short spell where I could barely write a sentence. I wrote around 33,124 words this month and finished Part 1: When the Lights Go Out, on May 31st. I have also mostly finished the outline for Part 2, but I would still like to go back and read Part 1 to make sure I don’t lose track of any plot threads before writing Part 2. That’s what I’ll be doing for the next week (or however long it takes). Part 2 will be shorter, with 18 chapters instead of 22, but it may end up breaking even with longer chapters. We’ll see. It’s going to take a very dark turn that I’m somewhat nervous and excited about.
To keep my momentum going, I have cancelled some of the blog posts I planned for the next few months. I want all my focus to be on writing this book for now. Before July, I’m going to rewrite my author bio, update my photo, and prepare my debut trilogy for e-publication on other platforms. I want to make Liquid Death permanently free, and I can’t do that unless I take it off Kindle Unlimited. (Download the entire trilogy NOW if you are a KU subscriber!)
I hardly read anything in May, sadly. I finished The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie and started the sequel, Before They Are Hanged, and I haven’t been able to finish it yet because I’ve been either writing on my laptop or surrounded by family members home for their summer vacation. I’m almost halfway finished with it. I might have to read something shorter and easier to get out of this reading slump. If you have any recommendations (for any genre), please leave them in the comments!
As far as my fitness is concerned, I have cut my sugar intake down to 20 grams a day, so that has been fun. I haven’t had to change my diet much, save cutting out fruit (with the exception of wild blueberries) and certain sauces that I like. This is a habit I could probably maintain for a long time (although I do miss fruit). It has been three months since I varied my exercise routine, so today I started a new HIIT workout to replace the strength training I was doing before. I’ll alternate between the HIIT workout and running every week this summer, then change it again in the fall.
Can you believe this year is already half over?
What are your goals this month?