Wednesday, 8 June 2016

What I'm Doing This Month - June


Summer arrives this month in the UK, with its warmer days (mostly and not necessarily without rain), vibrant colours and the chance to unwrap from winter woollies (or is that just me?). As a mum, this season is dominated by the summer break and amusing my children. What new adventures and fresh horizons will the long break from school bring this year?

For the last couple of months, my life has felt chaotic with new interests and the latest addition to our family, puppy Bailey devouring a large slice of my time. Now she's settled in and I've got my head around the additional activities in my life, it's time to reorganise.

Catching Up

I've let a lot slide over the past few weeks so June and the summer will be all about catching up with the tasks that I've pushed to the back of my mind and only touched on recently.

Along with the housework and my health regime, I desperately need to carve out a daily niche for my writing. I managed last month's writing target (one page a day) but even that was snatched and chaotic. I need to find at least an hour a day to write, just write, without interruption.

Learning

A few weeks ago, I joined the local amateur dramatic society with my daughter, towards the end of their rehearsals for a musical revue in July. I haven't sung this much in a long time (well, not in tune anyway) so I'm going through a rather steep curve of learning twelve songs and how to breathe properly during singing. There's a great energy in the group when we're all belting out a song together. I may well lose my voice by the end of it all but it's great fun.

Getting Ready

The last half term of school before the summer break is always manic with performances and trips. So along with juggling all of that, I'm getting ready for our holiday this month (ironing and packing mainly) and the summer break itself. With a dog in tow, our usual summer trips out will have to be rejigged so we can take her along. I foresee much walking in parks and at beaches.

Getting Healthy

Any kind of healthy eating regime has disappeared as I've juggled life recently. I've concentrated on feeding the rest of the family but forgotten my own needs (cutting out sugar and most carbs). As a result, I feel sluggish, fat and grouchy. This month, I'll return to paying attention to what I eat by putting together a meal plan for us all. The puppy has put paid to exercising in the house but thankfully, taking her for a walk twice a day is just as good. This is probably going to be my biggest challenge of the month. Wish me luck.

Reorganise

My old schedule (writing, home business, housework, exercise) just doesn't suit anymore so I'll be reorganising it and getting creative with my time. Putting together a schedule is never a problem but keeping to it is another story. More luck needed here.

So that's my month. What are you getting up to in June?

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Choice Words for May

Write what you know is a phrase that's often thrown at writers. I've even talked about it myself on this blog. Like most lessons, it can have different meanings and challenges to different people.

Author Emma Newman wrote about this topic in The Untrue Truth of "Write What You Know" as a guest writer on Chuck Wendig's terribleminds site. Her article is well worth a read with its discussion of transferable skills. Have a look.


Saturday, 14 May 2016

Photo Inspiration for May


This image was taken from my back garden tonight. What do you think? UFO? Hovering helicopter? Angel? Or just the moon.

What does this inspire you to write?


Thursday, 5 May 2016

What I'm Doing This Month - May

May has brought sunny weather to where I live, which is ideal for getting out and about but not so great for persuading me to knuckle down to some work.

After writing around 18,000 words during last month's Camp NaNoWriMo, I now have a clearer idea where my second novel is going. I  enjoyed the freedom of working on a first draft, just writing without worrying about any level of polish. It was definitely a useful exercise and made me look at my storyline with fresh eyes.

One of the things that interrupted my writing flow in April was a new arrival in our household. Meet Bailey. While I type, she's having a nap nearby. At this stage, she's needs a lot of attention so my study isn't seeing a much of me at the moment. I'm currently typing at my dining table (using the laptop battery so there are no dangling wires to tempt her). Fingers crossed she settles down and allows me to return to any kind of routine very soon.

I suppose I'm therefore adding fuel to the Bailey time-stealing fire but I've taken on another writing challenge this month - I pledge to write one page every day in May. This event is being run by an online writing club that I'm part of. So far, so good. I've managed my daily page each day this month. Let's hope that continues.

I'm still submitting to and waiting for feedback from literary agents, so in the meantime, I'm getting on with Steve's next adventure in the currently untitled second novel. This time round, there's a dragon and a genie for the usual cast of characters to play with.

What are you doing in May?

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Catch Up

April has been a month of running to catch up and I'm still not at the end of it yet.

I made a good start on Camp NaNoWriMo, keeping to the thousand words target until mid month when life intervened as it has a habit of doing. I'm up to almost 17,000 of the 30,000 target I'd set but it's given me a good start to novel two.

One of the major things that got in the way of my writing was the arrival of our new puppy, Bailey. She's still tiny so needs lots of attention and constant monitoring (she's taken a liking to the lounge curtains - we may need to shorten them out of reach). It's like having another baby or rather a very active toddler.

On the literary agent front, I've had another two rejections - both saying, as usual, it's not for us but keep sending it out - so I'm submitting my manuscript to more agents later today.

So apologies for my lack of posts this month and please excuse me while I go and play with Bailey. I'm not sure who'll tire first - her or me.