I haven't had such a focused, productive writing day in a long, long time. It was really nice-- like taking a walk in the woods and breathing in fresh mountain air after being cooped up in a room with an electric heater and fluorescent lights for two months. I worked for an hour on the phase outline, wrote 500 words in TOB (crappy words, but at the moment I think I need to embrace the philosophy: if you get stuck, lower your standards and keep going), and wrote a long paragraph of Akenam monologuing about his strange relationship with his mentor/nemesis Ruyad (this was an exercise from the Maass book).
Y'know, looking back at the blog archives I see that last spring I fell off the writing train too. And I distinctly remember other frantically productive winters followed by slothful springs. Hm.
Anyway, now that the train has groaned to life, I want to keep it moving straight back into the obsession phase of the Pattern. So, goals ahoy!
For the rest of May:
1) write 500 words a day on TOB, continuing to move the story forward
2) finish phase outline for Part 2
3) complete at least 5 more exercises from TFiF
4) blog here every day, even if just a few lines to report progress
Okay, that's the plan. See you tomorrow, kids!