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It was a good week

I had so much fun during NZ Speculative Fiction blogging week, it’s a bit sad to see it end though I know that some of the connections I have made, and that feeling of connectivity and pride aren’t going to go away in a hurry. Just want to say a huge thanks to Anna for organizing it and compiling the list of links – very much looking forward to next year!

Anyways, the weekend was overtaken by house renovations. I had to set other things aside and just get on with it. I have to say that I’m feeling rather less tense and annoyed with everything now that there is paint on the walls and no more plaster dust floating around the house. That stuff gets everywhere and it felt like I couldn’t get it off my skin. We still have to pick the colour and get the topcoat on, but it’s much closer to being a real kitchen!

As a reminder, this is what it looked like before the weekend:

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And this is what it looks like now:

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Hah, I just realized I never took a photo of it when it was all plastered. Oh well! We’re getting there. There are lots of little jobs which need to be attacked before it begins to have that ‘finished’ look, but the fact that the walls have paint on them really lightens my mood.

Anyways… because of this detour into renovations, I didn’t get a chance to rewrite the very ending of Lifelines. My initial plan had been to have that ticked off the list by the end of the weekend but the painting was more important at the time (my sanity was more important). So now we have less than two weeks until the end of the month – which was when I wanted to begin querying agents with Lifelines.

Not sure I’m going to make that self imposed deadline. But I won’t be far off it. It’s better to have a good product to offer than one finished in a hurry and a few extra days to ensure that, is a good thing.

I feel like I haven’t really written in a long time now, though I know that’s not exactly the case. I’ve been doing so much reading, editing and critiquing that I am really looking forward to having Lifelines finished so that I can knock out another couple of short stories next month. I have two that are in the middle of being written, so I’m going to try and make those my focus during October while I plan for Riana (or that might be three… hmm, enough to pick and choose from in any event!).

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