Writing has always been a form of managing my life. Whether I am writing about dark things or about something fantasy. Things always revolve around my life. My choices of writing music do not show where I was when the story idea popped in my head. I use Pandora for my music selections because it is easier to find the right music that way. If I like a song enough I will buy it and it will remind me of what I was writing when. I have finished the thirteenth draft of the project. I know there will be more drafts until it is ready.
When I say thirteen drafts that is starting from a few pages of sketching the idea to a short story and then to a novel length story. Writing the story has led to late night sessions and going to my day job very tired and worn out. Most of my co-workers understand why I am tired and have forgiven as well as encouraging. Those that I work with that have no idea why I am up late are starting to be less and less. Not by my doing only from word of mouth.
Trying to focus on the day job is harder with each passing week. I know I am not quite close to publication but I am closer than I was a year or six months ago. The next two weeks of not really writing will be tough. I have a few story ideas to work on when the two weeks are up. As always I cannot divulge what they are about, that would spoil the fun of you possibly reading it. I love the little breaks like these except for the not staying up late. When I stay up late with the next project it will hurt.
I am enjoying just having the draft done. It feels great as it did with the last draft. The progression in my writing, changes in the story and how far I have come shock me when I go back and read the earlier draft to start the revisions/rewrites. Still a long way to go but for now I am enjoying the break and am trying to find a book to read for the next couple weeks while I am away from the story.