ROW80: been missing, back now


I have been missing far to long. Back now fingers crossed. Last month was taken up with the A-Z Blog Challenge which was as always great fun – this was my 5th year.
In March I was busy editing The Children’s Tale, this progresses slowly, very slowly, but progress it does.

I didn’t post goals for this round mainly because my goals are always in a state of flux, due to personal circumstances. They are basically

A) Finish The Children’s Tale
B) Get a good start on the fairy tales.
C) Finish the 3rd part of memoir.
D) Try and think of covers and storyboards for up and coming publications.

It’s fluid though, if I can manage them all by end of year I would be happy, although I would like to do more.

I had visitors for ten days at the beginning of April which definitely put me behind but you know I prefer the visitors to daily tasks:)so have been playing catchup in the garden as well as the house. Have cleared the weeds half way down the garden and can now see an end. The pile of cut tree, from the one that fell end of last year, has been cleared from the front garden so I can look my neighbours in the eye again!:)

This month is write A Story A Day month so am bending to friend from forever/editor’s wishes that I begin another retold fairy story book, will be writing dark and magical tales for a month as a bit of a break from Children’s Tale.

June is Juno so can get back to Children’s Tale then.

I haven’t been so good on networking this last month. Have managed ROW80 some Triberr and some Twitter and Facebook, none of the other places I should have visited. So big BAD for that.

Have read some, not as much as I would have liked,but ten days of gossip and laughter made up for that, however still ahead on the  Goodreads challenge.

So back to normal I hope – I have reinstated my timer and made a timetable for my days. Who knows a more focused Alberta – for a while anyway:)

All the best to fellow Rowers hope your days are fruitful:)

A Thousand Glorious Books: Writers Quote Wednesday



Although this is not a quote about writing per se, reading and writing are tied so closely together I feel I can use the quote for both.  I feel the same way about writing, as I do about reading Having come to creating stories myself so late in life, I know not all those stories inside me will  come to fruition.  No-one will know the characters, the lives except me.So I offer this one for the writers and readers amongst you all.

As to books, these words are a permanent sadness for me, there are so many books I wish to read still and new ones coming out all the time. I once calculated that if I read 3 books a week for ten years I would not only still have a life, for eating, writing, etc I could consume 1,560 books. Of course that does not allow for large books 600+ pages, difficult books or illness, disaster and fatigue. It also doesn’t necessarily mean that the 1,560 would all be glorious:)

I picked 10 years because of my age, how long before I have to cut back on reading. How long before I occupy my hole in the ground. Although I am perfectly able to read three, or even more, books in a week, even with all the other stuff going on in my life, some weeks I do not want/or am able to.

So I am destined to always wonder what books I am going to miss out on. George Gissing obviously felt the same , as I am sure do all bookworms. I do not wish to be immobilized, I enjoy my life even when it tires me out and I know for a fact that being immobilized does not necessarily enable one to read more. Also reading good books can be tiring, the emotions invested in characters are, as if ones friends in real life were suffering catastrophe and inviting you to help.

Nope, along with everything else I will miss out on; state of the world, friends, life in general, chit chat etc, I will have to forgo the pleasure of reading everything I wish to read. Shame!

thousand books

This quote is part of Silver Threading’s  Writer’s Quote series. Writer’s who have helped inspire my writing.

To write one must engage with the world around. Imagination is not the everything, imagination needs feeding with experience and observation. Life is what feeds writers.

Parcels, texture and editing


Have had a good week for receiving parcels – I do like a parcel:) I have been on e-bay buying more plants for Year Two of reconstructing my garden from labour intensive edible to less work wilderness er no wild garden:)The clement weather I was hoping for has come and gone so nothing has been planted yet but, they are smashing plants – I do like e-bay – my entire garden for 15 years has come from this place and hardly a dud amongst them. They sit in a cool light place awaiting their time in the sun.

There have also been some new clothes from there as well. I do like parcels not sure the bank manager does!

I have begun baking again, having discovered melted cake mixtures. I had struggled for a long time now with wrist and hand joints that just don’t like rubbing, mixing or creaming ingredients. As cakes and biscuits are not essential, I had given up the struggle. Now – well fortunately I do not have so much spare time we will be gorging ourselves, but it is nice to eat homemade again:)

Had two day workshop last week on textured embroidery which left said wrists quite swollen but I had such fun and learnt so much it was worth it. Now I can settle back with Dragon and give wrists a rest.


All behind due to connection with Internet coming adrift for a couple of days!


So the whole of this month is still abut editing – I am with NaNoEdMo again this year and am on track for the 50 hours. Finally, I believe I have worked out The Children’s Tale – it has taken so long but maybe I’m there.

Those who have been around these past few years may remember I ended with two stories instead of one and had to separate them and begin again, then I was ill and had to struggle to meld different pieces together when I recovered – it has never been an easy tale to write and I couldn’t figure out what was wrong. After a long spell last year not touching it and re-reading it afresh I saw the problem. I had strayed over time from the normal structure of the series. I had strayed from the archival backbone of the Chronicles.

This round of editing will be long. I had 80,00 already written and now have to go through it all and change the structure, the personal pronouns and the tense of all those words. Separate chapters into one person narratives. Different view points on a scene!

I have begun this year and although it is amazingly hard work it progresses satisfactorily and begins to sound better. The concentration required leaves me flattened but am managing at least 2 – 3 hours a day. I can see a lot more will be needed after this sweep, as even now I am finding the wrong tense /pronoun hiding away. I had autocritted everything before I had discovered the fatal flaw so that continues alongside the changes. In finding different ways of eliminating repeated words and phrases I am also managing to change the flawed bits.

I don’t think this exercise will make me like editing, but this time the process is fascinating. Watching how whole pages change as I change just one or two words.

Blogs: have managed to keep up with these however, still haven’t moved all blog from blogger to wordpress. Must get those last few transferred.Have two blogs on kissafrog – When Spaghetti Grew on Trees and Great Aunts and the Danger of Exposed Flesh. Have written up two books for Literary Movement Reading Challenge Milton’s Areopagitica and Christopher Marlow’s Doctor Faustus.
The usual Musing Mondays and Writer’s Quote.

The A-Z planning is going well, most are drafted now but a deal of polish still needed. If I can get them done in time I may take some time off blogging in April and concentrate on new garden. One can have dreams:)

Networking: so-so not helped by connection going. Playing catch up on commenting

Reading is going well am now 12 ahead on the Goodreads Challenge total standing at 27 books this year.Gives me lots of wriggle room later in the year.

Life: not so bad especially now I can see spring around every corner. Still a little cold for my lungs but oh the sunshine and life rustling outside is making me very restless to be there. Have sorted some fabric out from stash of clothes that no longer fit which I have plans to combine into something which will fit! Made a dozen more scrumbles in blues, yellows and orange to celebrate the sunshine.

Next week: more of more of.

I hope everyone has had a good week and best of luck for the coming days.

This week or more has been mainly editing editing and yet more editing