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Veering off course

I’m not making any progress with Chasing Ascension at the moment, to be honest, I can’t even bring myself to read it through so I’m putting it in the ‘too hard for right now’ basket and moving on to something else for the time being (like, the next week or so).

Instead, I’m going to give some attention to a story which has languished for far too long! It needs a new title, a rewrite and polish, but I know exactly how to go about that so it doesn’t feel too daunting. The plan is to have it ready and posted here on the blog for Christmas – free fiction for Christmas, yay!

I’m also going to go through Birth Rights again, as I am considering entering it into a short story competition for Au Contraire. While I’m pretty sure that it won’t make the grade, I also think it’s a wonderful thing to support NZ stuff.

As for other stuff – everything is ticking along nicely.

I’ve succumbed and downloaded/activated the 10 day free trial of Wrath of the Lich King. Hubby and I have both decided that we’re going back to WoW on a casual basis at the end of the trial (hey, if you have ten days free play, why would you pay for it before then?? lol). I’m wasting a lot of time on it at the moment but then it’s just nice to be playing again and I know that my brain wouldn’t be working on the writing stuff at the moment anyways so there is no harm done. Now that I have a plan with the short story stuff I can move ahead with that and find a nice balance between work and play. I need my play, and I haven’t been getting a whole lot of it lately.

Anyways, that’s it from me for now! I’m going to let Chasing Ascension’s world tick over in my mind while I work on these shorts, and hopefully when I get back into it I can move ahead full steam. I’m still really keen on the idea, and the characters, but I really need to resolve the issues before I move ahead and I just don’t have the brain power for that right now. Only three weeks until I get upgraded to ‘second trimester’ and I am hoping that this funk I am in disappears along with the first trimester.

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Tidying up

I cleaned my desk yesterday, and put all the books back on the shelves. I got rid of all the clutter and junk that had accumulated and it feels really nice to sit here now. I have some space to think, space to breath, which is exactly what I was hoping for with November not far away now!

The rest of the house is looking pretty good too by the way, I’ve been blitzing all the little tasks that I’ve been ignoring and I can really see that the place is coming together. It’s amazing what a few good cleaning sessions can do to change the way you feel.

Anyway… in the depths of the junk on my desk, I found notes for a story that I have yet to rewrite! I sat down for a few minutes and looked through them while thoughts began to spark and it made me really want to get stuck into the rewrite – I put it through Critters this time last year and got a lot of really great feedback. I may have a chance this month because I actually managed to get back on track with the critique I am working on (three chapters yesterday!).

Following Faith has been put aside for now, though I’ve got lots of plans for when I get the time to rework it. As it stands I imagine I’ll be writing the first draft of Riana for the rest of this year, hopefully finishing up late December, I might do another novella in January (a Kiwiwriters challenge that I like to do every year), at which point I can rework Following Faith… seriously, I have enough work lined up for years to come and thats not counting in any new novels!

Anyways, better get on with the day, there are always things to do.

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March

A new month is a great time to be starting a new novel – even if technically it got started last month. It’s also a good time for sorting out what is happening in the month ahead.

I did pretty well with my February goals – the only thing that didn’t happen was the rewrite of Dream Dark, though I am set to do that, it’s just a matter of slotting it in somewhere.

March holds a few things – writing on TCM, editing/reworking on Lifelines, rewriting Dream Dark, and getting to work on reading all the entries for the Collection Challenge. We didn’t get anywhere near as many as the number of people who signed up for it, but that’s okay. Hopefully there is enough in there to be able to put together in a book, even if we just go with an e-book for this first venture into KW publishing.

So, it’s a pretty full month really for the writing side of my life. No doubt there will be many other things happening – the Plunket group runs for the rest of this month on Wed, the kids will keep developing and amazing me, we’ll get the mortgage sorted and officially own the house, and perhaps get the kitchen sorted out.

Exciting times!

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Friday!

Can you believe February is almost done? It’s so crazy how fast time seems to be moving. Lauren is four months old today, four months! Where did the time go?

Yesterday was another one of those ‘out all day’ things, which was nice actually, we spent most of it at a friends house, the kids played really nicely together and we had a really good talk. A very relaxing way to spend the day. Unfortunately the afternoon wasn’t so cruisy cause Ivy got tired and grumpy but it was too late to get her in bed for a nap. Ah well!

I got more planning done. I’m actually getting really excited now! I’ve hashed out a very basic plot outline and there are just a few more details I need to fill in before I actually start writing. So, maybe in the weekend – probably Sunday at the earliest though because Saturday is pretty full on. Maybe Monday even.

I’m really loving my cell phone at the moment. I made a screed of notes last night in bed and it’s just lovely to transfer them over to the computer and embellish as I do so. Planning this novel has been so much fun, I can only hope that the writing of it will be as enjoyable.

As for Feb’s goals, they are looking pretty healthy really. It seems like the only one that hasn’t been done yet is the rewrite of Dream Dark. I have my outline, I did start writing it, but didn’t get very far before switching to something else. It’s something that I’ll have to tackle in March, I can’t leave it too long, and with a second story going up at Critters sometime I need to get it finished so that I have space to rewrite the new one.

Hubby has taken the afternoon off work, randomly, so that we can go and have lunch together and just hang out. How sweet! I love it when he does stuff like this. It does mean I’ll need to be a little more on to it this morning though and get some work out of the way 😉