Pain and Progress

Some days I just want to be dipped, full body into menthol gel (I won’t use the brand name). Today is one of those days where it hurts all over. I woke up this way.

I have enough trouble motivating myself to get out of bed. Pain doesn’t help. Usually, I have pain at night and not in the morning. I have no idea why there is pain this morning. My head aches, too. So, I either need antihistamine or I need to get my mouth guard fixed.


Delinquent as I am on health matters, I have been working on my writing. Working by reading. Let me tell you what I’ve been reading:


Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success by K. M. Weiland

How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method (Advanced Fiction Writing) (Volume 1) by Randy Ingermanson

Mastering online research: A comprehensive guide to effective and efficient search strategies by M.D. Shaw


Writer’s guide to everyday life in Regency and Victorian England from 1811-1901 by K Hughes

What Jane Austen ate and Charles Dickens knew: From fox hunting to Whist: The facts of daily life in nineteenth-century England by D. Pool


As you can see, I am working on two fronts. First, I am preparing to start my outline. Second, I’m also working on my research for the setting of the book, which is intended as of now to be about time travel and I expect a significant amount of the book to take place in the 1800s.


I am also learning how to use Scrivener. This background work does slow down my work on the actual story right now, but it will be worth it in the end.


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