As my long-time readers know, I've been working on an urban fantasy novel for quite a few years now, writing it in fits and starts as major life events kept getting in the way. I finally finished the first draft last year, and made a pretty solid plan to get the second draft edits done in time to start shopping it to agents by the time I reached my 37th birthday. But then Life Happened some more, and that plan didn't work out. My birthday has come and gone -- I've been 37 for almost two months now -- and I'm still only about a third of the way through the revisions.
Regular readers here also know that the kind of Life that Happened leading up to my birthday wasn't the good kind. I suffered back-to-back miscarriages, which really threw me for a loop and left me depressed, unmotivated and uninspired. I've made a couple of half-hearted attempts to dig back into my manuscript since the second one happened, but I just couldn't force myself to care.
Well, the long, dark tea-time of my soul seems to finally be coming to an end, and I'm starting to feel like my old self again. I'm feeling a powerful desire to be creative, to write new things and to finish old things. And so I hereby declare my intention to make this June "My Novel Editing Month" and get the rest of this second draft cranked out over the next 30 days, by whatever means necessary.
So who's with me? Do you have a project you need to finish (it doesn't have to be a novel), or something you've been putting off doing that you'd like to tackle alongside me this month? If so, declare YOUR intentions here in the comment thread. I'll be posting regular updates throughout the month, and you can join in by updating us on your own progress in the comments. Or, if you discuss your progress in your own blog, let me know and I'll link to in my updates. If we get enough non-writing participants, maybe we'll even give it a broader official name. But what? WeCaDoMo (We Can Do It Month)? GitErDoMo (Git 'Er Done Month)? Something much better and less clichéd that you suggest to me in the comments?
UPDATE: The list is still growing!