A four-day weekend helped me get a lot of things accomplished. Dakota got groomed (as you can see in the photo below), he got taken for his semiannual vet visit, and I submitted to the needle for my (always depressing) cholesterol test.

And I finished the first draft of chapter eight. That’s a good thing, isn’t it?

The further along that I go, the more I realize I will likely end up diverting from my outline. But, a first draft is fun, in its way. For me it’s all about putting my head down and barreling through. Getting everything on paper. As a result (I learned this trick from my friend ‘Nathan), the first draft has lots of square-bracketed, all-caps passages that I label NOTE TO SELF. If I write something that contradicts an earlier chapter or needs to be explained earlier in the manuscript, it gets a NOTE TO SELF. If I change a name, NOTE TO SELF. Alter a character’s appearance? NOTE TO SELF.

Change the shape of reality as my characters know it? NOTE TO SELF.

I often wonder if I’m working as efficiently as possible, but then I wonder how long it would take me to learn a different way.

But enough about that.

I’ve added another book to my to-read list after reading this interview with Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. What I especially like about the interview, besides that I see more than a bit of myself in the description, is that she also points out there is a difference between being introverted and being shy. Also, that she points out there’s a cost to be paid when you try to be something (extroverted) that you’re not. Unfortunately, we live in an extrovert-centric world, and I find it just exhausting sometimes. As if being lefthanded weren’t enough.