I watched Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth last night. Good movie, based on a good book -- Wharton does brilliant dialogue -- but lord, not a cheerful story. Interestingly, I think when it was written, it was meant to be a tragedy of character, but it's just as much a tragedy of circumstance -- the characters are doomed by their cultural situation at least as much as by their own flaws; this story just couldn't happen in this way today. Which is a good thing.
In other news, feeling better today, which means I get to play catch-up on the book. I'm at about 66,000 words, aiming for 90 - 100K. If I'm still aiming for a first draft by Christmas, that's fifteen days at about 2K a day. Do-able in theory, but in practice, what are the odds that I'll actually not miss a day? So I think I really ought to be aiming for 3K a day from this point forward. We'll see what happens.
The plan for today is to start with writing, then around 12:30 - 1-ish, meet with Purvi to finish the CAAP grant application, due today (this is to get Kriti $1000 from the City of Chicago, most of which we would spend on 501(c)3 incorporation). In the afternoon, a few small errands here, followed by a bunch of errands downtown, from dropping off the grant to a last bit of Xmas shopping (almost done!) to dealing with Kevin's very late car registration to trying to track down the last translated poem I need to get permission to reprint for BiM. The library has a copy of the book in question, and I need some info out of it. Then this evening, if I have done my writing like a good girl, I'll be allowed to go attend an art reception at the Kavi Gupta gallery; they've kindly offered to host our opening reception for Kriti there, and this would be a great opportunity to check out the space. And look at art, of course.
Somewhere today I also need to cook some curry and finish cleaning the bathroom. There'll be time. I must have faith. :-)