Progress Journal for Aramis Gothboi: Book One

Mog’s ongoing account of completing the first draft.

Total word count: 30,736


Twenty-fifth Post:

It’s been a while since I did one of these. I keep putting it off because I don’t think I’ve been doing enough work on the manuscript as of late. Sure, I’m two weeks into my final university subject, I’ve been reading, and have also done a fair amount of workshopping with other people too, but I haven’t quite nailed the writing routine just yet.

I have, however, finally managed to review the full manuscript and now have a plot point summary that I am yet to review for structural purposes, but can even now see holes that need patching and chapters that require rearranging, so I guess that’s something.

Seeing as there’s not much to talk about in the progress department, I might as well digress into a little book talk and what I’m currently reading.

On the recommendation of my teacher, I’ve managed to add a few classics to my reading list, you know, to expand my literary knowledge and challenge myself. Tell you what, with the volume and density of these titles, there is no time for messing around. I felt slightly proud that I was already two-thirds of the way through Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment even though it’s taken me the better portion of the year to slog my way through it (and it sat on my shelf for almost five years before I even attempted to read it).

If that’s not enough, I’ve also added Henry James’ Portrait of a Lady, Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, and Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations in there too. Somehow, I don’t think I’ll get through all of these before the end of November.

On a lighter note, I’m halfway through Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow, the second book in Jessica Townsend’s Nevermoor series. I really enjoyed the first instalment and positively zoomed through it, but have found myself getting a little side-tracked with this one and am still yet to finish it.

I’m chipping away at M is for Magic, a collection of short stories suitable for children by Neil Gaiman. Some of these shorts previously appeared in his 1998 collection Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fiction and Illusions (certainly not for children). I’ve liked some of these stories, Troll Bridge for example, and then there are others that I feel don’t quite hit the mark for me, but as Neil states in his introduction,

“There’s another good thing about a book of short stories: you don’t have to like them all. If there’s one you don’t enjoy, well, there will be another one along soon.”

I’ve also got It Sounded Better in My Head by Nina Kenwood and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, both of which I am very much looking forward to reading soon.

If there’s anything here on my list that you’ve liked, loathed or are wanting to read for yourself, why not let me know in the comments. I would love to hear your thoughts.

Till next time.

2 thoughts on “Aramis Gothboi – Progress Journal: Treading water

  1. Good luck with your slog through of Crime and Punishment – it’s hard going. I absolutely loved both Nevermoor books and cannot wait for the third! It looks like you’re doing meticulous research and this will only serve to enrich your own work.

    Keep it up!


    1. Thanks Laura!

      It’s great to hear from a fellow Nevermoor fan.

      C&P is certainly a slog. I’ve enjoyed many of the pivotal moments so far, but it’s a true test of one’s resolve to push on through all of those walls of text that lie between scenes that actually progress the story.

      I’m almost there!

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