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.