See that keyboard tray? I used my low-level Apprentice Carpentry skills yesterday to fashion the old center drawer of my desk into a matching stow-away keyboard tray. I chopped off the front of the drawer with a wood saw, braced the corners, rounded off the edges, and installed some wooden spacers on the sides of the drawer opening to eliminate the up-and-down wobble of the drawer when it’s pulled out. Now it slides back and forth smoothly, and tucks away at the back of the desk so I have clearance for my legs when I use the desk surface to write on paper. And I hardly cut myself during the conversion!
Anyway, as you can see by the unfinished state of the page on the writing pad, I’m not done with the novel yet. The progress bar is at that awkward stage where it’s just about to jump from 99% to 100%, and you wonder what the fuck is taking it so damn long, because that last sonofabitchin’ percentage point takes as much time as the ninety-eight before it put together.
Since I am already way beyond my self-imposed deadline (and how I laugh when I remember that I had planned to have the whole thing complete by January!), I’m calling it make-or-break time now. To that end, I’m going to unplug myself from the Intertubes until this thing has THE END written underneath it. Ideally, that should just be a day or three. So don’t expect much in the way of blog posts or Twitter updates until this S.O.B is done.
Now if you’ll excuse me, this novel and I have some unfinished business. This ends now. Expect either a triumphant post next, or an update from Robin detailing the day they came and hauled me off to Thorazine Acres…