Initially, I was planning on doing the December blog on a 1950s Sex Manual and then remembered this blog was supposed to be a book update. I am going to push back the Sex Manual blog to January and it will most likely be a two-parter.
My initial goal was to have a draft of my first chapter completed by this time. As you may know, I am in school and I work full-time. As the semester began to take off, my time for writing began to grow smaller. My two classes, while not intensely difficult, still involved a lot of time and focus, and my job was particularly busy these last several months – all good stuff but very busy. I work at either 0% or 100%, which means I work very hard until I am completely burnt out, I am working on trying to read the signs before I get to that point, but as of now they still elude me. I recently submitted all my finals and have begun to charge my battery and heal from the intensity that I have put my brain through.
Although I did not get as much writing done as I wanted to, I did do course assignments in a way that would help with my book and the research for it in some capacity. I may be able to pull ideas from papers I have written, if not include full sections of them in my draft. I also built a database and used the data from the brothel guides. Having the data stored in a space that I can search through will also benefit the manuscript.
I am about to go on a two-week break from work and my next semester starts in the middle of January. That will give me the time to rest before the spring semester begins. As of right now, I have just been sleeping a lot and have stopped pushing myself in any and all capacity, haha. I am going to push my goal for draft one of chapter one to September 1st, 2024. I am hoping that the workload next semester is a bit lighter, but until I graduate school is my number one priority. I am still happy to share that there is progress with my book, it just looks different than what I initially planned.
I am very excited to share my January Blog. I purchased the 1950s Sex Manual at an antique shop and upon further research, I have learned that the publishers had a pretty interesting history with run-ins with the law. Currently, I am in the midst of research, and I am looking forward to writing it. As of now, I am in full holiday preparation – cleaning, baking, and decorating. Christmas is my and my partner’s holiday and we are very excited to be in this season! Thank you for the read! I wish everyone a happy, healthy, and safe holiday!