sandra_lindsey: me sitting in the garden with daffodils (musketeer 1)
but I did last Friday! Granted, it wasn't anyone you're likely to have heard of (he's our county councillor) and the "manhandling" involved turning him round three times (while he had his eyes shut! no peeking!) before he had his go at "Pin the hat on the cowboy" at the village Autumn Fair...

Made a half-decent subject line, though didn't it? And it even segues nicely into what I was about to talk about, which is
arrgghh! Life! Wherefore art thou so bloody busy?

I know, I know. It's because I try to fill every single second with Stuff To Do, and then go "Oh, hang on, sleep needed" and "Wasn't there something else I was supposed to do tonight? Oh yes, EAT!" and (most relevant in this particular case) "When was the last time I checked up on online stuff?" and then suddenly my List of Stuff is not going down quite so quickly as it ought to be...

And of course it doesn't help that, thanks to a post and subsequent discussion in the lj of a certain author who shall remain nameless (mostly because she's probably fed up of seeing her name near the word "blame" right now), I now appear to be no further forward on the WIPs I'm supposed to be concentrating on, but have instead so far recorded around 1500 words of The Meditteranean Pirate's Bemused Count!

Butterfly brain? More like a Mad March Hare I'd say!
sandra_lindsey: me sitting in the garden with daffodils (starfruit)
I'm not quite sure what I've been busy doing - other than working, reading and resting that is. The reading did get me thinking though... but I'll save that for another post, perhaps. It's liable to get long...

Oh yes! That's what else I've been doing! Trying (note emphasis) to write. or rather, I've written several beginnings, notes on a fair few middles, and even worked out some endings. I blame Jessewave, myself. Well, and me & others who went "fun writing competition? Sounds fab, bring it on!" What I didn't realise in my intial enthusiasm was that a) silly/funny is very hard to even come up with, let alone write, when you're feeling down (and I've been feeling very down in recent weeks); and b) the kind of storylines and character development my brain likes to devise is a bit bloody difficult to squish into no more than 3000 words.

So what with everything turning to overly-long angst, I've been finding it a mite difficult. And even with the deadline having been extended I'll likely be working on it right up to the last minute. At least I've got a first draft now (70 words over the limit), and I've printed it out, so all I need now is to find my stash of red pens from when I was teaching and I'm ready for the next stage!

I did give myself a reward for getting as far as a completed first draft (I know, most of the writers on my f'list will be going "3000 words? couple of afternoons' work! What's she on about?"). A couple of weeks ago I won a copy of Sean Kennedy's Wings of Equity (in one of jessewave's regular 'free book' draws) and I'd been holding out on reading it until I'd got something written...

..It was marvellous. So much so that I plan on getting myself a paperback copy of it as soon as I can afford it (i.e. not right now when husband's birthday is looming).

Oh dear. Seems I've gone on a bit, haven't I? Oh well, back to sweetie-making-work now, then I can get tea underway and then figure out where I'm supposed to be going tomorrow on this training course for my day job...

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