"All the cool kids are doing it."

Peer pressure and a moment of I-have-no-clue-what-to-write-next-or-if-any-of-this-matters brings me to a new blog post today.

The time’s ticking down until the first week of February when my first packet is due. As always with me, I’m white-knuckling in these final days after not pacing myself well for the past few weeks. It’s my first packet, though, so I’m going to crank it out as I always have when a deadline looms and try to do better next month. It’s been a learning experience. Also: thank goodness for snow days.

At this point, I’ve got nearly 17 pages done out of 25-30. I think it’s going to be closer to the 25-end this time around, plus the 5-page craft essay which I plan to do this weekend. Still have no clue how to write one, but that’s what Google is for.

Speaking of Google, it’s my best friend lately. I’m writing about France, and it’s really helping me fill in the details. I think that’s another major reason in my dragging pace; I’m nervous about inaccuracies. Why didn’t I just pick some silly romance story set right here in Rhode Island? That would’ve been much easier. But I guess this isn’t about telling the easy story anymore. And I haven’t written ANYTHING about my time in France, save for journal entries while I was there. I’m scared, but I think I’m supposed to be.

I know what the climax of this story will be, and I’m avoiding it like the plague since that’s the stuff I’m scared to write. Instead I’ve been fleshing out the two other side stories and character relationships, which I guess is just as important. Next month I’ll start tackling the tough stuff.

I’m scared my mentor is going to send it all back and say, “What’s the point?” But scrapping everything wouldn’t be the end of the world. I’m also pretty sure there’s a damn good story here, so I’m going to keep on writing until I find it.

Good luck to everyone else in finishing up your packets!

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