Sometimes, I feel like I am a divided person! I spend half my week working as a barista, pouring espresso shots and communicating through a headset with customers and co-workers alike. The other half I spend in a university theatre stage managing for a production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. My free time is split between meeting with friends and meeting new people - and in the midst of it all, I somehow have time to write.
A huge milestone for my writing this past month was finishing the first draft of my novel. It was a challenging and exciting experience. When I had written the finishing sentence, I sat back and thought, so that's what it feels like. The revising process has been surprisingly pleasant - I find it a lot easier to pick out bad writing from good ideas when it's in front of me. Reading Hemingway has been a good motivator for digging deeper for good prose and not settling for anything that is not full of truth.
I hope to have a completed version of my novel ready to send to a publisher by the end of the summer, exactly a year after I began this adventure. And then, who knows what pieces will be worked into my life after that!