Fun fact about me – when I break up with someone I tend to try to find something they think they’re extremely good at or they want really bad, and find a way to out-do them. It’s kind of my little “screw you” at the end of a relationship. With Zack, I ended up becoming a DJ as a part time gig for a short amount of time, with Mike I ended up getting a dog (because he wanted a husky) and with Eurymakos, I’ve actually written a novel.
It’s interesting that even in our break up, Eurymakos prompts me to be a better version of myself. You see, he’s a fantastic writer and I’ve spent a lot of time reading various things he had to write. However, he lacks the dedication and drive to ever do anything with that writing. It languishes on google docs, half complete, with him maybe touching it once a week. Every week we were dating, he would look at me and say, “This week I’m going to spend 20 minutes writing a day,” and I would smile and encourage him, but something always came up. I think the entire time we dating he managed to spend maybe two hours total working on his novel.
Which is a total shame, because it’s awesome.
Edit: Apparently he is already a published author. Sorry about the mix-up.
In my pain over the whole ordeal we found ourselves going through, one thing became clear to me. My final “screw you” if you would, would be to write, and publish a novel by myself in under a month. (Or close to it.) I’ve already destroyed him on the blog front - the last thing he managed to post was 24 days ago, but the final nail in the coffin would be if I became a legitimate published writer before he did – and without really breaking a sweat.
I opened a google doc, and I wrote… and wrote… and wrote (and it’s probably why my blog posts have sucked this past couple weeks)… and finally, last night, I began the last chapter I needed to write. (Which was, interestingly enough actually in the middle of the story.)
It will end up being close to 50,000 words, and leaves open a possibility for a sequel. I’m actually proud of myself because I don’t think I’ve ever accomplished anything quite so massive besides my senior thesis, and definitely not in such a short amount of time. I mean, every year I say I’m going to do NaNoWriMo but I end up only writing 5k words before giving up. This is quite an accomplishment for me.
This is where you come in though – I need editors! I am giving out gift cards – and you get to read the book for free! Leave a comment and I’ll give you access to the google doc and the instructions on what you’re looking for.
Thanks in advance!