Think in straight lines!: ROW80


It was going to be a fairly open week for me, with so much time to write.
It was going to be.
It wasn’t.

People kept coming. Don’t get me wrong I like people but really! there is a time and place:)

The most important in reality was the trainer from Guide Dogs. She came to see if we can tweak my sister and the dog to enable ease, on the longer walks. I offered to draw the trainer a map of my sister’s routes.

Easy I thought.
It turned out to be a small nightmare.

I hadn’t realised just how much one can think in straight lines. I drive down the road turn left or right at the end ( mind’s eye, a straight road!) My sister cannot tell if she is following a curve or turning left so we refer to the same lines – follow the pavement until you get to a kerb (more straight lines!)

Until one has to produce a detailed walking map.

We are not good at grid systems in the UK and as I found out even this newer part of the village couldn’t bring itself to even try.
Nothing straight.

Many sweeping curves.

Imaginative maze of cul de sacs and green lanes.
Yes, well!

That took me a long time and many sheets of paper before I had produced a good copy – so proud of it:)
The other visitors were friends, one of whom came to pick up some wood for his heating. Which served to remind me I have some felling and sawing to do this winter. Must get on with it.


WRITING: Better week, writing wise.The Children’s Tale It is difficult to keep track of words at moment as I am still ditching large amounts of old work, however, I did write two new chapters this week which was very satisfactory.

EDITING: All the remaining words have gone through autocrit for overused words, adverbs etc – I bring the underlined mistakes back down to Scrivener to work on off line, so now comes the painstaking work of removing the words and re-writing scenes. But now at least many of the first mistakes can be seen.

IDEAS: I was watching a local artist on TV this afternoon and he said something about framed hung art which set of a tumbling cascade of idea for a weird short story – smashing:)

BLOGS: Managed three only not so good.A Musing Monday, Set up Something New Every Day, Let the Mind be a Thoroughfare for Ideas
NETWORKING: Not too bad – managed most days.

READING: Not so much but did read The Maze Run by James Dashner by which was a page turner surprising me somewhat ( why should it?)Now I’m well ensconced in The Bees by Laline Paull.

OTHER: Well now, I began a bullet journal which may or may not work!

I had a crazy idea end of last year to paint a mural on the shower wall I am determined to try this coming month – I have doodled a plan – bought some sample paints and all raring to go.

I have also sewn together individual scrumbles into larger pieces so can now work out what to do with them all.

I also managed a little time in the garden, between the cold and wind.


If I can keep it clear! I should like to add at least three more chapters of The Children’s Tale.
Get as near as possible to half way through 2nd draft rewrites.
Begin planning a-z blogs for April.

I hope everyone had a satisfactory week and all the best for this coming one – keep smiling:)

4 thoughts on “Think in straight lines!: ROW80

  1. I never really thought about it, but even places we think are straight lines, often aren’t. My city is very well gridded, but then you have to worry about the one-way streets…

    Good job on your goals this week, despite all the distractions!

  2. alberta says:

    aint that the truth then:) in reality as well as metaphorically speaking:) of course my problem is I dont walk the walk as far as my sister’s routes go, they are too long for me, I spend more time in the car – shame on me but my ankles can last longer on the clutch than when walking – my sister tho’ is a bonny walker.

  3. Widdershins says:

    Even straight roads aren’t that straight when you have to walk ’em! :)

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