Sickness, a snow day and stealth novel writing

It’s been quite a week, well, almost week, since I last posted. My middle child got a case of Hand, foot and mouth disease which wasn’t a lot of fun. She was mostly happy, but her sleep was all messed up which resulted in a tired Mummy. Thankfully, none of the other kids caught it – but seriously, what a run of illness! I think after a month, we’re all finally well.

The most exciting news of the week is that it snowed here. And yes, yes, I know, many of you get snow. Lots of it. However. I’m 30 years old and I’ve never seen it snow here. Despite the fact that there is a mountain not far away, my city is right by the sea, and it just doesn’t snow. This last week the whole of New Zealand has been hit with an arctic blast and it’s snowed pretty much everywhere. Apparently the last time this happened was back in the mid 70’s.

Anyway, it snowed, it was amazing, I acted like a crazed child and insisted the kids come out and dance in it with me. We caught snowflakes on our tongues. I was with some friends, so there were three adults and seven kids sharing in this, it was just plain awesome. This is the second time ever I have been in falling snow. I think it might have made my year.

Please no comments about how I don’t get a ‘real’ winter, and I don’t know what snow really is. It was exciting for me. Kill my snow buzz, at your peril.

I guess I should get to the whole ‘stealth novel writing’ bit, huh? Gee. It just kind of happened. I was working on some stories ‘around’ the novel, and then all of a sudden I was writing a scene from the book. I got halfway through before I realized. It was a little bit of a shock, but also wonderful. Somehow, I managed to get past all the little fears and sink myself into the writing of Saving Tomorrow, pressure free. It’s pretty fantastic.

I’m hoping that today I can pull together all the bits and pieces that I’ve got and form the actual document for the novel. I’ve still got an outline to write up, but in the meantime I can press ahead because I know what the initial events are. I think that this time around I’ve made more notes and development than ever before. It’s helped me get a clear idea of the characters, their goals, their motivations and their arcs throughout the novel. I’m so excited to be writing this.

Which, I guess, means that maybe this novel will also make my year πŸ˜‰


11 thoughts on “Sickness, a snow day and stealth novel writing”

  1. It’s hard to even imagine it snowing right now. I live in Texas, and the temperature has been over 100 degrees every day for the past two months. I don’t usually like cold weather, but your blog made me long for it!

    1. What part of Texas?? I’m in Houston & we have now surpassed the previous record for hottest summer… ever.

      I think I’m going to melt on a daily basis!

  2. Eee! I love snow and miss it dearly (I’m probably one of the only people out there that *misses* winter here). Sounds like you guys had a blast with it.

    And double eee! for Saving Tomorrow!

    I hope everyone is done being sick so things can continue on back to normal ^_^

    1. I am! loving it πŸ™‚ Stealth seems to work for me πŸ˜‰ well, until I have to stop and actually figure out what happens next…. yes, you do sense a stall on the novel. Already! Ack!

  3. What a time you’ve had with illness, but hopefully this will be the end of it for a bit!

    So many congrats on the snow! Where I grew up, it was just as rare, and when it fell, it seemed like heaven! And even more congrats on the writing! Looking forward to hearing of your noveling progress… πŸ™‚

  4. Ha! I love that you inadvertently began writing the novel. How amazing is that?! Nothing better than disappearing into your own head, coming up for air and saying, “Oh… OH. Look what I did!”

    Also, I’m heinously jealous of your snow because we’ve had three and a half solid weeks of 100+ weather 😦

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