Well, it's too early to know how much of an income I can make off my Etsy shop, but I can already say I'm happier than ever. There's nothing quite like that feeling when you think, "I need to stop goofing off and do some work today", only to realize, "This is work! This is what I do!" So, what can I say? Life is good. Between writing and jewelry making I've finally found what I really want to do - for now. People who know me know that I'm always trying out new and crazy things. I mean, how else does a person go from being a political intern to a solo law practitioner to an LDS novelist to a jewelry designer? Writing's always a constant. Everything else is fluid, though I have been trending towards more and more artistic endeavors the older I get. I didn't have the aptitude for them when I was younger, but with enough right brain exercise, I've gotten to where I can get by.
The novel's at 72,000 words and I'm into act III - I do three act novels. Last week got a little frustrating as I hit a road block before I could start on that third act. I could write, which is to say I could spam another 2,000 into the piece every day, but I could tell that something wasn't quite right. I needed to take the conflict I'd set up in the first act and keep the tension through the second so that the third would start with some momentum behind it. That meant pulling apart act II and even parts of act I to get the foundation put down right. I am very glad that most of that is behind me.
Meanwhile, Char continues to be far nicer to me than I deserve, sending me long emails of astute observations and honest reader reactions. I hope to have this thing wrapped up by the end of the month. We'll see if that happens.