Pardon me for not posting more frequently. I've been neck deep in RUHE revisions (which are going along nicely, but not as fast as I originally hoped). On top of that, I've been doing some brainstorming and character building for NaNo - and really, really inspecting their past. I found that with RUHE the characters surrounding my main character were weak. I knew little to nothing about her history or her decision to stop speaking - simply that she did stop speaking.
Regardless, I've been scrambling. I want to polish my manuscript in order to submit it into a contest (November 1st). I want to finish outlining my NaNo story so I can actually start with a solid basis on November 1st. And that's that. I haven't felt this kind of pressure since I left college. And I suppose that's a good thing, because there's really this fire that's been lit under me. I needed it, I needed the shove and push back in the right direction. I mean, heck, I finished RUHE in a week (not polished, but finished the main story arc)! If I can do that, dedicate a week of my life to being insane once every two months, then maybe I can finally get somewhere. (: I'm a lot closer to wherever "somewhere" is than I was a month ago.