Due to an oversight at work (I forgot to take annual leave for most of the year - whoops!) I have most of March off - I will be working approximately two days a week!
As a happy coincidence, I have just completed a new draft of an old story, which now needs editing and a better ending. It's currently a perfect novella length, but I'd love to see if I can boost it to novel length. And what better time to do it than when I actually have plenty of time to do it!
I'll also have time to meet friends for lunch and coffee, and check out the real locations I've used in the story to make sure I've got them accurate. In short, this is going to be a good month.
1. I bought new pens for editing... so many colours. Although, at the moment, I am writing on my laptop - I don't have any hard copies to edit. But I will, soon.
2. I saw the most beautiful coloured leaves on my way to work this week. But sadly, I forgot to take photos. They were golden, russet, yellow... colours I wouldn't normally associate with a British autumn.
3. After a couple of weeks' feeling a bit poorly, I'm finally getting better. Now I just feel a bit weak - and my lifts at the gym have taken a bit of a dive. Something to aim for next week... I also ordered some new gym gear. If in doubt, buy shoes right?
4. While Hubby and the kids went to see Spectre, I had a pyjama day and wrote a convincing first draft of a ghost story. The next day, when I re-read it, not so scary. Must try better!
And finally, 5. I saw the trailer for the New Year's Day episode of Sherlock, and it looks brilliant!
Late last night, I finally came up with the first line of my new book. I was expecting it - I've been waiting for it for a while - so you'd think I'd be ready to make a note, wouldn't you?
Sometimes, when I think of brilliant lines after I've turned my light off, I'm too comfy and try to remember it. It never actually works, though, so last night I put the light on, grabbed my pen and scribbled it down on the back of an envelope. Jut as well, because when I woke up this morning, I'd forgotten that I'd written it!
That's why writers always carry pens :-)
I am now listening to Ella Fitzgerald and reading about hearing voices, both for research.
I'm also thankful for the wonderful walk I had on Seaton Beach yesterday, topped off with a lovely hot chocolate.
It has been a busy year for me this year, and to top it off, this evening - yes, on a Sunday evening, four days before Christmas - I sent off another submission.
So, I now have a novel with an agent, a novella with a publisher, and a collection of flash fiction out with a different publisher. Phew! It's definitely time for a glass of wine to celebrate.
I started the year with a list of goals, and didn't really accomplish many of them. But that's okay, because I'll have that list to use again next year. But what I did do was have my third book published in June and complete/start from scratch all the projects that are currently on submission.
Next week, once all the hectic Christmas stuff is over, I'll be starting on my next book - in fact, I'll be cannibalising an old novel that I originally wrote when I was seventeen. I can't wait to read it. The last time I rewrote something from that period, I had to remove a lot of references to pay phones!
On that note, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.