The above picture was taken roughly five or six years ago. At the time it was taken, I had already started my novella Whiter Shade of Pale.
I finally finished it last week.
I have no idea what made this novella such a struggle to finish. I had the plot and ending from damn near the moment the idea came to me. And yet, every few months I would pick it up, try to finish it, and fail miserably.
At one point I had lost about 2k words in a file backup somehow. I was so pissed I thought I would never finish it, then a year later I stumbled upon a backup in a weird place that had the missing words. So it was back to the races then.
There was even one time that it had been so long since I had worked on it, that I forgot what perspective I was writing in, and pecked out about 3k words in 1st person, when the rest was in 3rd! It was a struggle unlike any other project I have ever had, and still, I couldn’t tell you why.
But now it’s done. Well, the first draft at least. And even though the entire time I have been writing this I have considered its name Whiter Shade of Pale, I am thinking it will see the light of day as Fake Empire. But that remains to be seen.
Moral of the story: damn it, I will finish! It just might take longer than anticipated some times.