The blog post that couldn’t

I started writing a post on Saturday morning…. but, then we did the grout on the tiles, and Mum helped me paint the dining room/back porch area and I never had a chance to get back to it. Sunday rolled around and there was more painting and a morning long catch up with my friends and the kids to distract me from the laptop.

Of course, when I tried to finally finish it off, the internet and phone were dead! It’s just been fixed, apparently my dog chewed through the phone cable underneath the house, causing the outage… well done Kali! It’s completely out of character for her, so I’m trying not to imagine what else might have chewed through them…

Anyways… I had a plan. It was to get through all my crit work so that I could focus on Following Faith. It was a big list, but thanks to a few days of no net, the list is considerably smaller. I have just a few chapters to crit for one person, and um an entire novel to crit for Kerryn.

Yeah, I’m not sure Following Faith is going to make as much progress this month as I would have liked! I know a lot of what needs to happen to it, it’s just a matter of having the time. I did promise to get Kerryn’s novel done before NaNo and I am going to have to make that my main focus for the next few weeks.

On the bright side, I’ve also finished reading Ayden now, and I can start planning Novembers novel. The religious themes are a lot stronger than I thought they were so I am going to have to make some firm decisions about how to resolve all the plot points before NaNo starts. Hopefully I can hash out a good outline before I head into the month – it might very well be the first novel in a month challenge where I’ve had an outline which will be interesting. That said, I am only aiming at the 50K in november and finishing the novel off during December.

Ayden was the novel I tried very hard with not to write a skeleton of a novel, and I can see lots of places where I overcompensated. It’s going to need a lot of fat trimmed from it when I get around to tidying it up, there are some interesting character relationships there that I am also going to need to make decisions on… hmmm yes, a lot of uncertainty! It’s a big task, wrapping up a trilogy, but I think I’m up for the challenge.

Anyways…. From now on, I’m going to try and keep the crit stuff down to a reasonable amount. After Kerryn’s novel I’m not taking anything else on until Ryan gets his novel to me near the start of next year. Hopefully by then I will have wrapped up working on Karen’s, and be through the first book of Gareth’s. We’ll see!

Now, I better get a move on while Lauren naps and Ivy is happy to play. There are still plenty of things to get done and simply not enough time to do them in…

Thank goodness I have the net back though!

Mostly successful weekend

I got most of the things done on the list, and some extras – I didn’t get the paint away the yellow though because the weather was so bad yesterday. We’ve had a massive cold snap and it feels a lot like winter again unfortunately – hopefully it doesn’t last too long! We’re hopefully BBQing for Lauren’s first birthday in a couple of weeks and the weather better be behaving by then!

Anyways… I was in a foul mood yesterday, in part due to home stuff, but also because it had been days since I wanted to write the Johnny kills Ellie scene and I still hadn’t got the chance to! Arg, and then last night I had to leave for dinner at my Mum’s mid murder – very frustrating (I almost took the laptop with me so that I could keep writing it, but decided I wouldn’t be so rude!). Needless to say, I feel a whole lot better now that that little snippet of a story is finished.

So what’s next? I’m going to spend this week reading Following Faith and Ayden, making notes and plans, and then I get to launch into some revision and editing – YAY! I’m really excited to work on Following Faith, and even more excited to put it up here for people to read. Not that it will be everyones cup of tea but oh well, I like the story.

As well as that, I’m going to be sending out my first query letters for Lifelines. Feeling good about that and looking forward to another learning curve. It will be really nice not to be working on it for awhile, thats for sure.

All in all, it’s an exciting time in my writing life right now. Very exciting.

With that said, I better go and finish the housework. Almost time to drop Ivy at preschool and then it’s play time with Lauren for a couple hours… then finally, nap time and I can do my reading/note taking. Oh, bliss.

Can I hold out?

It’s almost October – which means we’re one month from November and National Novel Writing Month.

And I am desperate to start my new project.

Can I wait until November? Will this burning need to get words on the page and finish the story wait?

I really do not know.

I’ve got a bunch of friends who want me to do the challenge with them, and yeah, it would be fun, but I don’t need the challenge to write – I know I am more than capable of getting that many words out in around that much time when I am in my normal writing state. I know that when I’m working on a project I’m writing every day until it’s done (other than for really good reasons). So it’s not like I need the incentive, but there is something joyous about writing with a bunch of other people.

Is that enough to prevent me from starting this next novel before November? I guess we’ll see. I have plenty of things that could distract me from it, but when it comes down to it I can already feel those first paragraphs building in my mind. I can vividly remember the end of the last novel and I know what comes next – despite the fact that it’s been about 10 1/2 months since I finished it and I haven’t looked at it since.

It’s calling to me, and the intensity of that call is only going to build. These characters are chomping at the bit to get in the limelight again….

Ah well, time will tell ;-) And if I can’t wait, then sorry friends! lol I’ll still be writing in November, even if it’s not the month I started the novel in ;-)