I know. I've practically dropped off the face of the earth. My blogfeed has almost 600 entries I haven't read, and I've been neglecting this blog painfully.
I blame this on the fact that my GREs are coming up next Saturday, and then for the next month, I'll have to spend every free moment either working on my applications, reading other people's excerpts for class, working on the first 50 pages of my own novel for class submission, or doing some freelance research an author friend of mine has enlisted me to do by the end of this year. So I don't think I'll be picking up a book to read for pleasure until late mid-December. I also don't have time to peruse my usual industry feeds to find tibits of information I want to post. So I suppose posting on this blog will be very limited for the next two months.
But, good news is, current word count of the novel is around 8,000 right now. I haven't spent as much time on it as I would like, but okay...
Scheduling as follows:
This week: Study for GREs
Next week: Chapters 3-5 of novel
Weeks after: Portfolio and essays
The logic behind this is that once I get my novel pages out of the way, when it comes time for me to submit, I only have to do cursory editing, instead of breaking up what should be my real focus around the latter portion of the month: my essays.
By the way, I just took a practice test. I did better on the verbal but did abysmally on the math. WTF.