What’s so special about this date? First, in the United States it’s a national holiday–otherwise known as Labor Day. Second, it is the day I plan to type “The End” for Julius. Not “The End” for this revision, but the very final “The End” for once and for all. And on September 6th, I start querying agents.
What’s the big deal about Labor Day? Here’s the scoop from Wikipedia:
The first Labor Day in the United States was observed on August 26, 1878, in Boston, by the Central Labor Union of New York, the nation’s first integrated major trade union. It became a federal holiday in 1894, when, following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland put reconciliation with the labor movement as a top political priority. Fearing further conflict, legislation making Labor Day a national holiday was rushed through Congress unanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike. The September date originally chosen by the CLU of NY and observed by many of the nation’s trade unions for the past several years was selected rather than the more widespread International Workers’ Day because Cleveland was concerned that observance of the latter would stir up negative emotions linked to the Haymarket Affair, for which it had been observed to commemorate.
Choosing Labor Day to write “finis” makes sense because it resonates with part of what Julius is all about–celebrating the working man, but more specifically the working class. And because it’s time to push myself to finish and move on to the next story.
Yes, I’ve given myself deadlines before and they’ve been ignored, but this one is different on two levels. The first one is that I’ve given myself a specific date. That forces me to think about the story more than I already do, but also to write a 1,000 per day in addition to editing. The second part is to make that Paris dream come true.
Since I gave myself this deadline, I have completed editing seven chapters. I had a friend take a look at the first four chapter and the changes and suggestions she made were spot on. This weekend will include finishing the edits of part one, and working backwards–rewriting the third part of the story. The middle part of the story is where the bulk of my efforts will be focused on during the summer, and that will consist of several hours of researching/reading Ayn Rand and Russell Kirk <bleech and shudder>. Reading conservative thought doesn’t appeal much to me, but it’s a necessary evil for the story. Well, at least I’ll have a good time mocking the Ultra-Right when I write those chapters. Easy targets, right? Oops, didn’t mean it that way.
And now, time to get some work done for HAND/EYE so I can change gears and get back to Julius. After all, I only have 143 days left to achieve that and the seconds are ticking away. . .