Some of my muscles have muscles:( and they are all screaming STOP ALREADY at me.
Because I have committed myself to serious exercise this year, for health as well as weight loss, I took possession this week of a contraption to turn my bike into a stationary beast. That’s the plan. To do this I had to clear a space somewhere in our small abode. Wouldn’t have a problem if we lived in the kind of house I have planned for my hero in Blue Moons! We don’t.
Had great idea – clear a space in the garden room (it’s a grand name for conservatory!). Great idea if the garden room wasn’t already full with furniture, loom, assorted boxes of fleeces and seedlings, awaiting warmer weather, and, of course, dozens, nay tens of dozens, of magazines/journals and books. A small bike could have been slipped in maybe, but mine is a grand affair, large and hefty – perfect for a large and hefty old lady – not so perfect for an over crowded room.
Major re-jigging has gone on these past few days. Various chairs, sofa etc have been moved here, there, and everywhere, as I have tried to fit all in. There is a wonderful table with solid marble top, as stable as the mountain side it was carved from, but oh so heavy after it has been moved for the umpteenth time. Deciding that this would be the ideal time to spring clean the room, take down curtains and wash them, and also to try to make it easier for my sister to negotiate, of course, just piled the agony on. What madness afflicts one periodically?
Bar the shouting, re-hanging of curtains, and finding new homes for a couple of boxes of journals and books (that didn’t really belong there but had wandered out with my coffee cups over the months) it is finished and I have even accommodated the bike and rebounder – ’tis crowded but workable – all I have to do now is figure out how to work the quick release mechanism (quick release it doesn’t seem to be:( In the meantime am moving like an arthritic zombie Ah well!
So not so much done this week:
1: Blue Moon edits proceed apace and, with a mighty sweep of the red pen, I eliminated two bridging chapters which positively did not belong in this new version of my 20+year old story. They had been my favourite scenes, all those years ago, and I have been resisting their removal. However, all was not lost, they are now two short stories! So many Yays there and the dust from dancing feet is making me cough:) I do like a good recycle.
2: Couldn’t resist it, have written first chapter (in rough) of The City’s Tale for JuNo (we are allowed in this challenge) ’tis only a short chapter but it kept hammering at the door.
3: Finally managed to get Ellen’s Tale video up. Not published yet as I’m not sure of it – would welcome some comment if anyone has the time. If you missed The Sefuty Chronicle video 1st time around it’s here . all comment welcome.
4: Have kept up with the short story a day challenge and now have 20 short stories of varying lengths and credibility – obviously not all are worthy but am hopeful, over coming weeks, that even the bumpkins can acquire a little town polish:)
For the one short story a week challenge three of above mentioned are longer stories approx 3000 – 4000 words and they do require a great deal of polishing.
5: Am reading The Writers Journey on Gene’s recommendation but so far not finding it as exciting as he did. I keep thinking, well if one has read enough, all these points would be second nature, and all these characters are all around us doing what they do. Had a think about my reaction and reckon it’s the analysis of each point that is making me impatient – I have never been good at dissecting words, my worst lessons back at school. So I will continue this book and shut my inner critic up with sharp words. I am now reading it as if it was a discourse on Folk/fairy/ legends stuff, not as a manual for writing and will, I hope, enjoy it more – am intending on getting the thousand faces book to read afterwards – all is not lost.
Next week will be more of the same but as blogging has been a dismal failure this week I intend to get them up there.
Hope everyone has had a good week and good luck with this coming week.