So yeah… Remember when I said that I was getting too busy to finish my book? It was true. Lots of stuff to do. I was working quite a lot and not getting paid much. It was not a fun time for me. On top of it all, I realized that my book had lost structure and would require a significant amount of time for me to pour over it with care. There seemed to be only one road for me to take. Shelf it until I had more time. After all, making money came first. I had to eat, right?
On July 4, 2007 I quit my job.
Hindsight tells me that this was a bad idea. My hours took a severe cut due to the lack of money people had to spend (I was in sales) so I would be pulling in pennies compared to my prior horrid pay. On top of it all, I was being led to believe that I had a better sales job lined up. It wouldn’t come for two more months, but I didn’t know this at the time.
Yes, it was an immature decision. I know. However, guess what I now had the time to do. Yep. Katsukami was now being looked over nearly 6 – 8 hours everyday. Not an editing thing. It was more to try to place the proper events in the proper places.
For two months I lived poor. I had recently gotten together with one of my friend’s friends and she was a big help with the book. Also, she quit her job very similarly to how I did. However, she was able to get a different job much quicker than I.
July-August 2007 was probably the greatest time period for my book, but probably the worst time period for me as a person. If I was not writing, I was always in despair. The only consolation I could find for myself was in the universe I had created. The people, the places, the events all became so very real inside my head. Every morning I would wake up and try to create a better world for the people I created. Outside of my story, however, my life was a shambles.
The last week of August came around and two good things happened.
First, I finished the completely restructured, unedited draft of Katsukami! I remember that day so well. I was on Cloud 9. I felt so proud of myself. I had done it. I knew there would still be changes and grammar overhauls ahead of me but the story was finally down on paper. Or, at least, the first book was written. When I typed the words “To be continued…” at the end, I realized I was only maybe 25-33% finished.
There was a long road ahead of me…
The second good thing that happened came later that same day. I got a call from the job I was supposed to have back in July. I got it. A couple months late? Sure. But, I got it. And I would start the first of September! Everything was coming together for me… or at least, for now. I would soon have a rude awakening that would open my eyes. I would soon see my “pathetic” life and become tired of the everyday monotony of the part-time job/barely making ends meet way I was living.
But that is a story for a different day.
Next time, I will take a break from the norm and put up a post about the basic premise of the story. I’m not entirely sure as to how in depth I will go, so you will just have to wait and see.
Those of you who have read the book before, feel free to comment on here and leave a thought or two about the story from your point of view. Try not to spoil anything please!
Until next time!