I can't tell you guys how much I appreciate your kind words, your encouragement, and your patience. Clearly, my slacker self does not deserve them.
Obviously, I am still alive (I hope nobody was actually concerned on that count!). I have no intention of completely abandoning The Apprentice; if, God forbid, I actually got to that point, I would, at least, post my outline and my drafts of the most pivotal scenes. I promise.
Here's the basic issue I'm having: When I first started writing this story, I was in a job that I loathed. Not only did I use writing this story as a way to deal with a stressful, mindless, thankless job, but I was able to sneak away small chunks of my workday to write it. (Protip: All Word Documents look the same to your boss!) But then, a little over a year ago, the feedback and encouragement I received from all of you inspired me to apply for a full-time writing & translating position.
I couldn't have asked for a better full-time job. Seriously--I love my job. But my workday is now a series of very short, tight deadlines, leaving me very little room to sneak in some fiction writing. Even if I had time, switching back and forth between the distinctive (weird) voice I use for The Apprentice and the my-work-specific style I use professionally has proven to be difficult. After work, there's my part-time job and the gym and cooking dinner and folding 1,000 origami pigeons for my commitment ceremony and my hands hurt from typing all day and blah blah blah. These are excuses, and I know there are people far busier than I am who have been able to crank out huge thudding tracts of fiction. I should be (and I am) grateful that people want to read my story, not complaining about "having" to write it.
So here are my promises to you (and, really, to myself):
1. I will set aside at least one weekday night for writing The Apprentice.
2. I will work on The Apprentice during weekend mornings, rather than watching bad TV shows until it's time to go to the gym.
3. If I have time during my workday, if I cannot write, I will at least add details to my outline.
4. If I get stuck, I will write one of the scenes so kindly requested in the comments of my previous livejournal post (thank you!).
5. If I experience a setback, I will not, frustrated and embarrassed, hide: I will post an update on Livejournal and I will continue to check my (debpeters) email.
It is my hope that, by following these guidelines, I will be able to update at least once a month before my commitment ceremony (at the end of September) and rather more frequently thereafter.
Thank you again for your kindness and your patience. That my story is read at all--let alone by so many people--has been a very pleasant shock; that you go out of your way to encourage me to continue this story continues to amaze me.