Still procrastinating, but oh well…

March 31, 2011 at 6:51 pm (Uncategorized)

Feeling alarmingly positive today. I’ve been getting up extra early all this week with a view to getting work done at the Day Job, so that I can concentrate harder on writing when I get home… unfortunately the result of getting up at 6am (which is still 5am in old money) is that I’m ready for bed by 8pm. Nevertheless, the Day Job is going very well at the moment and it’s making me feel all shiny and buzzy with excitement, which IS going to rub off on the editing process.

I am looking forward to this weekend; one whole uninterrupted day of editing, followed by one day with a good old chunk of editing interrupted by cooking a roast lunch. I confess, though, I was looking forward to this afternoon: my son had ‘cinema night’ at the school, which meant I didn’t need to collect him until 5.15pm. Given that I usually finish the Day Job at 2pm, what did I do with these blissful three and a quarter spare hours?

– stayed at work an extra hour to finish things (didn’t finish things despite best efforts)
– went to Sainsburys and bought food and other random things
– came home, unpacked shopping, emptied and re-loaded the dishwasher, put a roast in (and why not? It’s Thursday after all), put shopping away and Farted Around (technical term) on Twitter, Facebook and various other amusing sites.

Did I open my ‘Second Draft’ file? No I did not. And I suspect Genevieve and Dylan will have something to say about it next time I’m brave enough to go in there and try and get them to talk to me.

No, really, Elizabeth – that does sound a bit mad.

The weekend beckons, full of promise. To keep myself inspired, I’ll share the first of some pictures of the beautiful River Medway…


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Back to the keyboard

March 30, 2011 at 1:25 pm (Uncategorized)

I’ve had a very busy few weeks in both the writing world and in the real world (can’t quite think of the writing world as being real, yet – bear with me). I had a great time at the York Festival of Writing at the weekend and got to meet some wonderful writery people. I think it does the soul of a writer good to be in the company of other writers, if only for a short while – it certainly did me a lot of good. I met a lot of people with works-in-progress and it was very exciting hearing about their plots and what their hopes are for their novels.

If I met you there and I didn’t get a chance to collar you with my contact details, you can email me, or find me on Twitter. Let me know how you’re getting on!

The real world has been very busy, too, and in amongst all this I am trying to find time to crack on with editing The Revenge of the Tide. I must confess it’s been well over a week since I even opened my ‘second draft’ file. Whenever I leave it for anything longer than a couple of days it gets harder to get back to it – it’s like receiving an email from an old friend and wanting to reply straight away, but other things get in the way and before you know it so much time has passed that it becomes awkward to respond. I can feel my characters sulking because I have abandoned them to their world. I will need to spend time with them before they’ll talk to me again.

This is why I need contact with writery people every so often – non-writery people will read the above and think me completely mad….

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