I had such a reading Fest this last week I feel positively invigorated and incredibly lazy;) My new timetable of work that I am trying out is, that one or two weeks in the month are ‘serious writing’ free, these are the weeks that I have a number of group meetings, to attend or hold at home, in the real world – I am not sufficiently recovered, I find, to attend to these and write as well. Writing takes a lot out of me especially those emotional scenes:) So in these weeks in the between times between the groups I housework/garden, read, tidy files, sort out research etc. I am hoping this way I can put in the word counts necessary for me to catch up on the 7 months missed last year without overdoing things and making myself ill again.
I am also insisting, to myself, that I sit down, with my feet up, every day for at least 4 hours, either to read, handicraft or stare at the wall/TV (not much I really want to watch on TV but have a stack of DVDs) I am endeavouring to break the daytime sleep patterns set up when I was ill. So first week accomplished.
1) Reading Challenges
In this last week I have read 6 new books toward my reading challenges – that is 11 this year – so that puts in a healthy position. This is one non-fiction and three fantasy, one historical and one book group book.
2) Ancestor’s Tale
I have re-read the first 80,000 words of The Ancestor’s Tale which I have not looked at since May 2012. To refresh memory and check that it is what I thought it is:)
I have mind mapped the whole new structure- complete with new scenes – of the Ancestor’s Tale. These were the new scenes imagined while I lay around last year! Because of them the structure has changed radically. This has been laminated. (I find if I mind map books, characters, scenes, names etc and laminate each one I can hang them next to my desk and keep an eye on them. I have tried various methods on the computer but this way seems to work best for me)
I have researched and found most of the new names I need for characters in the book, and some family members where relevant.
I have begun arranging some stops and tours for the first three in the series so that when (‘when’ not ‘if’, am being positive here:) The Ancestor’s Tale is ready to go at the end of the year maybe a few more folk will have read the preceding three.
I have begun to gather material together for the A-Z challenge in April (I have done this challenge twice now and know I need to begin this early;)
I have kept up with networking pretty well, have decided I will only network seriously 5-6 x week.
I have arranged two Red Carpet Day this week – normally I would only have one but sometimes it will come out like that. I have a few more planned also.
Altogether considering these were in between a Lace, a Living History, a Readers and a Quizz group (I came third) plus visits to the vet (the retired guide dog is poorly with the beginnings of kidney failure) I am very pleased with my week (not a lot of housework!)
Next week – fingers crossed- it is a writing week. Ancestor’s Tale word count, I hope, will go up and all those new bits will begin to take shape. I also hope to write enough blogs to start to creep ahead , but have never been so good at that so not holding my breath. I will be doing two workshops one of which is flash fiction so hopefully I will start to build up a foundation of shorts.
I hope everyone else had weeks they were happy with and all the best for this coming week.