I have written no new words this week, nor have I edited any. None. Nil. Zilch. There are many reasons for this drought but none are permanent and so I dismiss the fact and await the rains.
With the very unlikely thought that friend from forever/editor and her partner may visit this weekend (his request, she and I thought it unlikely however. . .) I put on a super effort to finish sorting my workroom/spare bedroom. It is now a marvel of tidiness! I stand in the doorway for no reason but to admire the empty expanse of floor:)It has never looked so good. Three days I laboured with the temps flying upwards. It was one hour work, one hour sleep, ‘tis done’
They never came, my sister and I knew in our hearts we would not see him again, the heat of this summer is taking its toll on his failing health and now he sleeps most of his hours away. I also stand in my garden this week and notice all the work he has done over the years to help me create this haven of peace and beauty. A lasting memory to a kind man. I don’t know how long he has now but I believe only weeks, if that.
The Children’s Tale seems a little unnecessary at the moment.
Instead of writing I continued with my de-cluttering. I read a couple of really good books and bought a few more:) I also cancelled August. Not the month as such but all the groups I run and attend. Decided I needed some time off, this hot weather has made me very tired, so instead of alternate writing/reading weeks I now have a whole month of doing what I chose – the feeling of freedom is quite heady. September brings back the real world with the groups, dental appointments and cancer check ups so this month is for me.
De-cluttering has some good points – I mentioned, last week I think, that I had found old, old, tokens and bought some books with them. This week I found a box of floppy disks – some of you may too young to remember floppy disks:) These not only, apparently have notes and research for my Masters, the very first draft of a novel called Blue Moons. Yup. The same Blue Moons that I am in the process of re-writing. I have kept that first novel in my heart since the 80s – two years ago during NaNo I resurrected the characters and the main plot, re-located them into the modern day, into this country and changed all their employments and began again. Somewhere in my clutter I have a gadget which enabled me to run floppy disks on my old computer – I think it was the computer before this latest old one. It’s attached by USB so am hopeful I can read these floppies – remind myself of what I wrote all those decades ago – interesting if I can. A different world ago.
What else I wonder will I find as I progress through the past muddle of my life?
ROW80: This week
Reading: I read Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock – he wrote this in 1984. I wasn’t sure it appealed but read high praise of it on one of Goodreads groups so I ventured into the wood – amazing book, full of complexities and needing a firm grip to follow but enjoyed it very much. Then I followed it with Lud-in-the- Mist by Hope Mirrlees pub in 1926 because Neil Gaiman ( a new discovery of mine)recomended it – I think I enjoyed this even more than the wood.
Other: I spent many hours manipulating pictures and music for the trailers and can see my way to finishing them both this month.
I have posted part two of The Storyteller’s Tale
Next Week: Who knows – this month I wish to finish writing and editing The Children’s Tale ( I know it will not be able to be published, probably, until next year but I want it finished. Also this month I wish to finish the two trailers.
Apart from that, blogs would be desirable, more books to be read would be good and a de-cluttered house would be amazing (house! That won’t happen:)
I hope everyone has had a good week and are looking forward to next week.