I have been missing for a month! But, I have a very good reason as to why: I am almost done with the first draft of my novel (yes, you can probably hear me screaming for joy from wherever you are) and it is probably the most challenging thing I've ever done. I just finished graduate school in May, and I don't think writing my thesis was as hard as writing a novel. I had a year to do my sampling and collect data and then writing it was the easy part. I actually wrote it in about 20 hours over the course of two weeks.
Writing a novel is hard. It makes you happy, sad, fearful, anxious, gives you ISS (I Suck Syndrome), and tests your drive. Luckily, I persevered and it is a fabulous feeling. I am about 8k words away from saying "I HAVE A FINISHED NOVEL!!" Albeit a crappy first draft, but a draft I can work with. I cannot WAIT for revisions. I know some of you may think I'm nuts, but I love to revise. I was a journalist for a few years and then did technical/scientific writing, and revising has always been more fun for me than drafting.
So I guess this blog post is an apology for my lack of posts, but also to share my good news.
Tell me some of your good news! Or tell me what part of the writing process you like most; drafting, or revising? Or something else? I would love to know =)