Things are not going well for me, at the moment. Oh, I don’t mean anything catastrophic. Just stuff piling up and getting under my skin, making it difficult to write.
First of all, though I don’t want this to become a political blog, I have to say the recent election was rough. I knew the Democrats were going to take a beating, and I can cope with that. But locally, we now have some newly elected conservatives who have made it one of their primary goals to repeal gay marriage in New Hampshire. I can deal with people having differences of opinion on how money from the State budget should be spent. I can deal with differences over gun control, marijuana legalization, security issues, etc. But as far as I’m concerned, this is an assault against my personal rights by people who really aren’t affected in any way by me marrying Erich. They get to wake up in the morning, kiss their spouse goodbye and head to work, where they get to dedicate their time to preventing me from having a spouse. They are ignorant and vile.
Erich and I will be married before any of these bigots get the chance to prevent it. In the past, when states have overturned gay marriage, anyone who has been married already has been allowed to keep that status. So maybe we’ll be safe from their machinations. Maybe. But other gays in the state won’t be. So it may come down to a long, very ugly battle to retain something we’d already won.
Another thing that’s stressing me out is my galley proof for “The Christmas Wager.” Not because there are any major problems with it, but because there just doesn’t seem to be enough time to work on it. I have to go through the entire thing and accept all the corrections the editor has made, one by one, or reject them and explain why. It’s incredibly time-consuming. Not to mention that Microsoft Word’s change tracking is cumbersome and awkward to use. I keep trying to accept changes and having to fight to get the correct menu to pop up.
There are also some minor changes to the story that need to be done. A line inserted, here and there, to explain certain points. Other lines corrected to eliminate inconsistencies. And all of it has to be done by tomorrow.
I also foolishly decided to tackle NaNoWriMo this year, and I’m falling behind on my writing. Largely because I’m too unhappy to get into the story. It’s coming along, but not nearly fast enough, and watching my word count slip is just chipping away at my motivation even further!