I Have Actually Completed Something…. Something to do with Writing!

So….

The other day I finished the first draft of my manuscript!

This is super exciting for me because I’ve been working on it whenever I can (which wasn’t much for a while there, school and whatnot) for about the past four months, and usually if something goes on longer for two weeks (besides a really good television show… but not even then sometimes), I give up on it. It was nice to proceed and actually finish something for once!

Yesterday (the day after I officially finished the draft), I took a day away from writing to regroup. I finished the book I had been reading and started a painting I’ve been putting off for a while. I also got dressed and went outside, which is a huge accomplishment that I feel very proud of, even though the entire time I was out I was thinking about going back home.

This weekend I won’t be doing much writing, because I’m going on vacation from Saturday until Tuesday (hooray for a suburban packed with chatty female family members on a way to a concert), but I’m going to start revising today anyway. Now that the first milestone is complete, I have this rush to get to the end so that I can have a clean and polished final product to hold in my hands. It’ll be nice having something to keep my mind distracted, because lately I have been getting very overwhelmed at random times and I breakdown, and that’s rather annoying/tiring.

So, without further ado, on to press play on Julie & Julia as I begin revising!

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Writing Movies

I feel like, if this book I’m currently working on is ever published, I should have a whole page dedicated to thanking the movie Julie & Julia. I have watched this movie so many times during my writing endeavors. I don’t know what about it makes me want to watch it over and over. Maybe it’s because it’s a very inspirational story, maybe it has to do with New York and France (two of my favorite places), maybe it has to do with Amy Adams (adore her), maybe that it has to do with writing, or maybe it’s the fact that every time my mother and I watch this we put our lives aside for a little while and enjoy it together and I remember that.

It’s not necessarily the best movie to be watching over and over, because every time I watch this I want to eat food. Looking at these actors and actresses doesn’t help, either, because they all maintain their same weight even though they’re eating all of this heavy cream and whatnot, so for some reason I get it into my mind that I too can eat bread and desserts and whatnot and maintain the same weight.

It’s gotten to the point that I’ve watched this while writing so many times that I’m starting to hear Amy Adams reading off my main character’s narrations.

Anyway, I will leave you with one of my very favorite quotes from the movie: “You are the butter to my bread, and the breath to my life.”