I've had somewhat of a hard time working on Ruby's story regularly. I'm midway through revisions on my rough draft of the first novel, and I really need to finish... but revisions are haaaard, and I'm having trouble staying focused long enough to see one round of revisions all the way through.
I have a lot of my own projects I am struggling to find time for, actually, so this year for NaNoWriMo I chose to work on other projects -- anything, really, as long as I was working on something of my own (rather than client work) every day. It's gone fairly well, but it's had an interesting effect.
I want to work on my own projects more. It's a big deal for me, because I get so far from my own projects on a daily basis that I forget about my own goals and aspirations. But when I'm working on them every day, even if it's just one blog post or a few paragraphs on a short story, it keeps my goals in the forefront. It reminds me of what I want to accomplish, and keeps me motivated to continue working toward my goals.
The other effect that NaNoWriMo has had on me this year is that I want to work on Ruby Ransome again. Even though I've only worked on revisions once this month, working on my own projects has kept it on my mind much more often, and I'm feeling motivated to work on it again.
Stay tuned... Hopefully I'll make some progress in the coming months, and have exciting news to share soon!