Hello, everyone! Thanks for coming to my progress journal. I'm starting this so I can stay motivated and finish my novel. It's a big project, and I want at least 90000 words before I have it published. So I need some specific goals or I'll just collapse and stop writing. But before I get into that, allow me to introduce myself. I'm Daedalus, and I'm 16 years old. I used to write a lot when I was young, but I neglected the craft for many years. I started programming when I was around eleven years old, and now I have my own game development studio (I don't just like saying this to people, I'm actually a registered CEO and I get to pay corporate taxes, yay!). I have just under 20 staff members, and right now we're building a PC game for Steam (game distribution company). The reason I'm telling you this is because it explains why I haven't been writing for so long. I spend the vast majority of my free time building this game, along with a few other projects I have. But I recently decided that I want to get back into writing, and actually become a published author, something which I used to want to be when I was little. The book I'm writing is in it's early stages, but I have the plot defined already. I am free for the rest of the Summer, around six weeks in total, and I think that I can possibly have it finished by then. It's a tall order to fill, and people may say that such a short timescale means that my work will be of bad quality, but I can realistically write around 2000 words each day. On a good day (when writing other projects), I can write anywhere up to 15000-20000 words in a single day. This is when I break out the Irish coffee, and literally sit and write non-stop for 24 hours. I actually tend to write better at night, as I'm free from distractions then. I'll just sit in my room and type until I'm too tired to think properly. I plan on doing that a lot over the coming weeks, in the hope that I'll be able to finish this beast. But that's enough about me. Down to the novel. It's a very controversial piece, and I specifically refuse to skip out any of the gory details. The book follows it's protagonist, a Pan Am airline captain, on his travels through the sixties. It takes him from Vegas to Sydney and everywhere inbetween. The character is very dark, and suffers from a multitude of issues. In the words of Jordan Belfort, he "drinks like a fish, gambles like a degenerate", and, ahem... has many extra-curricular activities with women. Amidst the sea of meaningless relationships, he travels around the world with his first officer Daryl, and four stewardesses. He has interesting relationships with all of them, where the pilots often get up to ridiculous shenanigans, much to the enjoyment of the stewardesses, who hold their drunken escapades over them. Without giving too much of the plot away, the Captain's gambling addiction eventually lands him in a huge spot of trouble. He is on a lucky streak in Vegas, in a shifty casino. After winning effortlessly all night, he goes all in in a game of poker, and ends up in a serious heap of debt. He flees the scene, only to be picked up by a blacked-out limo on his way to the airport the very next morning. Long story short, he ends up having to work as a private pilot for the mafia in order to pay off his debt. It sounds a little crazy, but the way I have it planned out it's actually a very believable story. His relationship with the organised crime family develops, and he starts to take more and more dangerous assignments, caught up in the thrill of fast cash. Among some close calls, illegal smuggling assignments, and run-ins with a rival family, the Captain continues to laugh his way through life with his trademark devil-may-care attitude. Think Hank Moody in the sky. I don't want to say too much at this stage, because nothing is final yet. I still have to plan out the rest of the plot, because while (in my opinion, at least) it's a good story so far, there's no real end goal in sight. It's more of a literal story, where I simply follow him through the sixties and share his adventures with you. It sounds like quite an action-packed novel from my description above, but it's not. There are a few fight scenes, the occasional car chase, and even a mid-air fistfight or two, but the majority of the novel revolves around his personal issues and how they affect his everyday life. I deal with many social issues, from chauvinism and racism to the dangers of communism, and much of the work is intended to have allegoric meanings. For example, the Captain carries around a playing card with him at all times, in the left shirt pocket. The playing card is an ace of spades, but the spade in the middle is actually an image of a giant squid, conformed to the shape of the suit. I won't say them outright, but this symbol has a lot of meanings. It shows how the Captain thinks, it represents his problems, and provides an insight into why he does what he does. I'll be posting update logs here regarding my progress. I am to post one each day, detailing the advances I've made. If you're interested by my entirely non-comprehensive description provided above, then please feel free to follow my progress journal, and ask any questions you may have, or give me any feedback you can think of. I'm always interested in your thoughts, so I'd love to hear them! Thanks for reading, -Daedalus.