A Writer's Journey

December 6, 2018

Getting Back on Track

Filed under: Announcements,journey,writing — mackenziew @ 12:00 am
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Update: I was going to post this last week. However, my laptop decided to die on me…again. Turns out it wasn’t the AC adaptor (though I’m sure that was going too). Our IT guy at work did some investigating and found that there is a known battery issue with my particular Dell model. He found a fix and checked out a few things. Hopefully, we don’t have this issue again.

But I appreciate crossed fingers just in case.


In last week’s post, I talked about why I had gone silent for almost a month. I also mentioned that I was working on my Advent story and it was consuming pretty much everything. Well good news—I’m done!

And it’s a relief to say that.

To review: For the past few years, the Outlaw Queen fandom puts out an Advent Calendar in December. Each day unlocks new gifts, which can be fanart, fanfics, fanvids, etc. They are all Outlaw Queen themed and all revolve around Christmas or winter. We enjoy getting these gifts and the team who designs the website each year does amazing work. Even the “404 Error: Page Not Found” page is a gift when it gets found!

I don’t want to give too much away about my story as it is one of the rules. It’s a fake dating AU that I hope everyone enjoys! But as I noted, I did change Robin’s backstory about a week before the story was due and had to scrap 9,000 words, essentially starting over.

Talk about a crunch, huh?

I spent last week working on it, trying to get everything written by the deadline—which thankfully got extended by a few hours. That definitely helped as I ended up turning in early on Thanksgiving due to the inevitable food coma. But it’s all over and turned in now. I can relax.

Even better—there’s no theme week coming up until January. We’ve all taken December off to enjoy Advent and to breathe. So I can relax even more.

Though not too much. I do want to write and post some stories for Christmas—namely follow ups to my past two Advent stories. So I have to work on that.

But it’s still back to my usual stories. Hopefully I can get an update or two in before the New Year. My goal is still to finish Better When I’m Dancing before then but we’ll see how that goes. And I probably should try to get this year’s Valentine’s fic finished before I start working on next year’s, huh?

It should also be back to my posts here and on Patreon. So don’t forget about that!

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