4/21/20

The COVID 19 pandemic has been affecting me, as it has most people on the planet. In my case, it's added a lot of extra anxiety, heightened my ADHD symptoms, made sleep really hard to find, generally sapped my creativity, and removed almost all of my alone-time.

At the start of it, I was trying really hard to post a lot of book reviews. That fizzled. I hope to get back to it soon, but only have so much energy.

Then I decided I'd start a new season of Wording Wednesday early. I wrote one week fine but have now spent two weeks on the second prompt and haven't finished it. I'll probably post a new prompt tonight anyway, although the idea of going to look for ne seems somehow depressing.

I do have a project I'm not despondent about, though. Over the last month or so, a slow realization about Faerie Story dawned. I realized that a large part of my struggle with the rewrites came from being locked solely into one character's POV. What, I started to wonder, would happen if I abandoned the first person present tense of my other novels and tried to do this one in third? Using the same omniscient yet focused narration of my recent short stories, I have restarted the novel.

If nothing else, rewriting everything has really helped me see exactly how slow the original opening was. I'm now dropping Interesting Things much earlier, which I hope will help the pacing considerably.

I only started this rewrite a few days ago and I'm not trying to rush with it. I have two full chapters and the start of a third, comping out to just over six thousand words.

I wrote two thousand completely new words today. Chapter Two focuses on a character who wasn't in previous drafts, a barista who is being recruited by the anti-faerie faction. I'm now really tired and realizing I didn't take my ADHD meds this morning. But I feel better about Faerie Story than I have in a long time.

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