Tuesday, November 6th: Urg.. time got away from me

Today was not bad, but time really got away from me. I wrote some final articles to see if I could place in the Helium contests. I hope for the best.

I also finished my proposal for the Mars Betrayal and sent it off.

I did not get started on The Cabin.

I did not finish re-writing Chapter 3 of the User Manual, although I did get started on it. That’s fine. I will do it first thing tomorrow, and I will also do Chapter 4.

Then I hope to spend much of tomorrow afternoon working on getting at least 5000 words on The Cabin done. I am excited and nervous about starting this next novel. It will be my second, and you think it would get easier. But I know now what it takes to actually complete a novel, and I can see why the second is harder to get going on. I feel like once I get going, I will be able to give myself to it.

But I still need to maintain a strong presence on at least the College Writing Contest on Helium, so that I can try to win the grand prize at the end of it. Four weeks to go!

I love what I am doing. It feels great. I don’t love not having a real income yet, although I know that these things take time. Patience and logic don’t really affect the pressure and stress I feel to succeed at this, however.

But I really have to sleep. I will keep at this. I will accomplish what I want and need. This dream will not be forgotten or lost.

About jaredgarrett

Jared Garrett is the author of Beat, a YA scifi thriller, and its forthcoming sequel, both published by Future House Publishing. A new series, debuting in January 2016 and also published by Future House, kicks off with Lakhoni, a fast-paced rescue adventure in a world reminiscent of Aztec culture, to be released in January 2016. He self-published Beyond the Cabin, a novelization of his childhood in a cult, in December 2014. Both Beat and Beyond the Cabin were Whitney Award nominees, and his story Song of the Wind, received honorable mention in the Writers of the Future contest. In addition to writing, he's spent fifteen years in adult education and is an accomplished public speaker and workshop leader.
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