Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Clearing The Cobwebs

I decided I needed to blog to get me writing again, to get me back into the swing of things. My head feels fuzzy!

I've had two weeks holiday, then a wedding (friends), a minor operation (my son's) then a funeral (my Grandma - might blog about this more another day), and now I am back and raring for the return of routine.

The house feels a mess, and however much I look at my study, I can't find a solution to the mayhem. Actually a new bookshelf would solve some of the disarray ...

I'm supposed to be writing Perfect Isn't An Option as part of the May - You Write Your Novel challenge - 80,000 words in 80 days... and it's come to a halt. I've got till the 19th of July, so at this rate I'm going to need to be typing over 2000 words a day to reach it. (I'm starting to think I will fail this... but I will continue to complete the novel, so that's not failure, right? Just might not get it done on time.)

However, returning from the holiday, I've managed to get myself an editor appointment (Yay! Although really nervous about this too...) and have been concentrating my efforts on The Wedding Favour.  And that's what I need to do right now, because as soon as it's out of the way, I can get back to Ruby and Steve, and his quest to find his love with Lydia.

I also have a Writer's Bureau assignment practically finished that I want to send off too!

To top it all off, today I read an article in Writing Magazine (June - still haven't got to July!) and I have a humorous article called Patience In A Bottle which I would really like to find a home for. Because it would be a good little article for September and the start of school term. (It's about if Mum's could buy patience in a bottle - Gosh, do I need it!)

Seriously, my head feels like it's going to explode with worry and stress, because until these things are completed they'll swirl around my brain and weigh my shoulders down.

Okay, so great chatting, now just going to polish three chapters, a synopsis and come up with a writing CV...


  1. Wow, you've had a busy old time; some good, some not good. No wonder you need time to get your breath back.

    You're right about the 80k thing. It doesn't matter that you finish on time, it matters that you finish.

    Do the quickest things first, less to worry about then - and don't let your head explode! Best of luck.

  2. It's no surprise really that you are struggling to keep up with some of your writing. It's ok to take that break. I'm sorry to hear about your grandmother.

    I'm doing the mywyn challenge. I may or may not do the word count, but I will definitely complete the novel which is what I was aiming for. Challenges like that are good for adding a bit of extra motivation and for getting writers to talk to each other and support each other, in a pretty solitary occupation.

    It's definitely been a challenge and I'm still hanging in there with you :)

  3. Rebecca, I want to get back to writing it, but I need to polish these three chapters ready for my 10 minutes of fame with an editor in a couple of weeks time.

    Sarah, yes, as long as I keep on going with Perfect Isn't An Option, even after the end of the deadline, I've still won. I know Sally only created it to motivate us... she won't be dishing out punishments if we don't quite get there on the 19th.

    I'm just trying to get the important things done first, then I can relax and write the stuff with no real time constraints.


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