The goals for row80 are at the end of this post just scroll down.
All good things have to end and so I’m back from a weekend away. Not a holiday! A working trip, to research – yeah right:) at the beginning of the week it promised heavy rain and high winds :) a boat trip on the high seas for a landlubber such as myself, this sounded grim. Was I even fit enough for three days of traipsing around taking notes and drinking in the atmosphere? Was the whole idea the stupidest of the year?
Life and writing are so intertwined – I have have come close to cancelling many times throughout the summer as my health plummeted and the fight against depression and what’s the point-ism threatened to engulf – then there was the matter of whether Blue Moons actually deserved this extra research, was it just an indulgence to think I could turn it into something richer/deeper, maybe better to just leave it alone. This was the usual insecure brain sticking its oar in, meddling and trying to bring me down. We all know this side of the brain, yes?- I won’t let it win:)
Is it a good sign that insecurity stalks us? Is it like actors sometimes say – the minute you are not scared you have lost it. Why would it be good? A nice piece of evolutionary baggage? Or sound common sense? I dunno – all I know is I get tired kicking it back into the corner and worry one day it will come to stay for ever.
The weekend was great, the weather good, the company fun and the food (one has to research the food:) splendid – I have so eaten too much! I have absorbed the ambience, rode the seven seas – well the harbour anyway, and developed a couple more strands of Blue Moons. Successful all around. Notes and doodles abounding. Shame to have to return, but I returned with a spanking spring-cleaned brain ready to sit up after weeks of no writing to speak of and begin again. So kicked insecurity back into the corner this time!
Although the sky looked like this as we set off – heavy with rain and disaster.
With a great deal of help I even managed to get in and out of the tiny boat (well I thought it was tiny – six people max? that’s not a boat, it’s a nutshell!! I maybe a Limey but I am no sailor! We had an African Queen moment as the boatman (such a nice fellow) had to push and pull us through the narrow reed beds. No leeches tho’. I forgot my wrist bands and ginger pills ( to my alarm) but for the first time in a long lifetime I was not sea-sick (has to be a good omen of something?)
ROW80: 4th Round Goals:
Blue Moon of course isn’t the WIP that needs to be finished first but I have enough atmosphere now to click away at it in the background.
I thought I had switched Ancestors Tale off in my brain while I was away, now I discover it was on hibernate only and has been running silently in the background and has welcomed my attention back with a couple of sparkling new scenes – yeah:)
I haven’t yet had the results of all those tests back yet so health-wise still not sorted therefore this round’s goals will have to be fairly minimal, and very flexible. I am not putting time or word constraints on any part of my creative life this round, for the first time since I began writing back in 2009 – feels very strange:)
1) Writing: I shall continue working on The Ancestors Tale and the short stories for Purple Turtle, as and when I can
I have 60000 words for Blue Moons already in the bag so it can idle a little until the end of the year.
I would still like to attempt NaNoWrMo this year but have accepted that unless there is a drastic improvement I may well fail to finish, but there will be the beginnings of either a fantasy tale or a creation myth and that will be more than there is now.
2) Blogging: Again when and as I can. I would like to do more Red Carpet Days – so if any of you are planning book tours or just want to spotlight your books please let me know – I belong to five tribes now and so the post will be shared quite well among a lot of twitter accounts.
3) Workshops: Couldn’t participate as fully as I would have liked last round but have all the notes and am busy reading them. Quite a lot of deep editing. There are a couple of savvy workshops this round I am booked in for. I hope to catch up this round – if not it will be my Christmas task.
4) Continue with my reading challenges which have gone so well this year with all the free time I have had imposed on me – so silver linings all around.
This Week: To begin the round and for this week and the next I wish
1) To finish The Storyteller’s Tale trailer and get it uploaded.
2) To finish the book cover for the new short story book – here’s where I’m at the moment with the cover
I need somehow to draw in a dragon at the bottom to blend in with the mountains – not sure if I can, not good at drawing so fingers crossed.
The rest is tidy up e-mails, awards, lists, reviews etc on all sites I belong to.
I hope everyone had a good break and has arrived back with a spring in their step. All the best.