I did Zumba in the morning and then spent far too long goofing off. It was a nice time, though. I'm kind of sad that I'm not enjoying the other characters in Irresistable Mistakes as much! The next guy I did was a scumbag, but not in a fun way. I felt like the heroine forgave him much too quickly and his "reasons" for doing what he did were pretty bleh. After that, the route I did was one where the guy's ex died and I'm never a fan of those. I would take it seriously if I was dealing with an actual person, but in an otome game? I don't particularly like dealing with it. It's one of my least favorite tropes, partly because it's never handled tastefully. The latest route I did was pretty okay, but again I feel like it was wrapped up a little too neatly. I'm kind of shocked since the first route was executed so well! I'm sure they had different writers for each route, though.
I went back to the church café and planned out the rest of my week. I got this notepad of weekly calendars as a bonus with something I kickstarted and while I don't like that Saturday and Sunday are combined, I figure I may as well use it. I used to block my time out by project, but now that I have exact goals for what I want to do by the end of the month, what I should do every day is clearer. I ended up clearing all my goals for today, including my stretch goal. I hit a big milestone today: Spirit Parade is now over 100,000 words long! I don't think the final script will quite get to 200,000 words, but it kind of depends on how long the harem routes end up being. I don't anticipate those being as long as a regular route, though. Ahhh I'm so excited! Shuye's route is nearly done now and then I can start on the dumpster fire that is Haiyue's route.
I think the two stories I wrote for MerMay today are two of the strongest ones I've done so far. I know I keep saying that, haha. It's a good thing! It means I'm improving each time and that is all I could possibly hope for. I did have to trim my first drafts down a lot, though, as they ended up being closer to 600 words apiece. Flash fiction is hard. The image shown above is the illustration my friend did for my day 18 story! It's so powerful. When I was writing that story, I realized that all of my stories for MerMay so far had been relatively happy ones. I wanted to write something darker, so I dug deep and pulled that one out. I'm so awed by the art she did for it. It really captures the themes I was going for.
If I finish everything as indicated on my weekly planner, I will have fulfilled all of my writing goals...four days ahead of schedule! I have never been ahead of schedule before, writing-wise. I've spent years getting things done just a hair before deadline--sometimes even after the deadline, sadly. I don't want to count my chickens before they hatch, but the fact that I'm already more than 80% done with 10 days left in the month is mindblowing. I'm determined to see things through now. I don't think that this means my goals were too easy, though, I think I just worked my butt off to get things done early this month because I wanted to avoid the mad end-of-the-month rush that I went through last month. It feels so good to be on-schedule. I'm so thankful that I can write as much as I'm writing now. Yes, it's something I have to do, but... Well, no. It isn't! I don't have to be doing this. I just want to. And that is all the difference.