Well, 2011 is here. I was thinking to myself on the 1st that it was easy to be full of hope and joy at the prospect of a new year when you live here. Not because New Zealand is amazing (though, it is), but because it’s Summer and chances are the weather is beautiful and life is full of socializing, BBQ’s, beaches, trips to the park, ice cream and other delightful things.
Would I be feeling this great about the start of a new year if I were on the other side of the world? Is it harder to cultivate that sense of excitement and possibility when it’s the middle of winter? It may make no difference, but all the same, I’m pleased to be where the sun is shining.
I’ve been very busy the last few days. Well, pretty much since we got back from holiday: moving furniture, cleaning, painting. There is still a huge list of things I would love to get done in the coming weeks, and all going well, I’ll be able to tick them off the list.
I started the new year with a new novel, Saving Tomorrow. So far it’s moving slowly (mostly because I’ve been so focused on the renovation stuff). I started in 1st person and then switched to 3rd, which I think works better. We’ll see. The thing with Delaney is that she spends so much time playing a role that I have to keep an eye out for when she is being honest. I think that might be easier in 3rd for some reason. Ah well, it’ll sort itself out.
I started reading Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott, a few days ago and it’s brilliant – if you’re starting a novel soon, read it. If you’re still working on a first draft, read it. Hell, wherever you are at, read it! I am only about half way through, but the humour in the book is great, and it’s got lots of great advice. I’d built up the whole ‘new novel’ thing to a level in my brain where I was quite afraid. But now? Nah. I’m allowed to write a shitty first draft. It’s all about just getting the words down on the page, exploring the story, and working the kinks out further down the line.
I can totally do that.
Other tidbits: I have my new office! Once it’s tidy (and the camera has charged) I’ll take some pics and do a post. Natalie is now a commando crawler, which means more tidying… gotta get all the small stuff out of the lounge now that she’s mobile. Won’t be long til she’s proper crawling I’m sure. Lauren has hit her ‘why’ phase, and Ivy is losing her fourth tooth. I’ve been teasing her that she’ll have to eat soup soon cause she won’t be able to bite 😉 lol she hates soup. I gave her an awesome haircut the other day as well, but now she looks even older! Like 8. She’s not even 6. That girl is stunning. I’m going to have 3 beautiful daughters…though I try not to think about that too much. I have a few years yet.
And now, I’m officially rambling!
Happy New Years all.