A Cautious Admittance 

So I just noticed that the last few blogs I’ve written have been to do with my mental health. I think this means I need to do more than simply writing to do lists.

I can plan to my hearts content but the reality is i’ve got a hell of a lot of events coming up. I’m not sure I have a quiet period til christmas.

Oh Lordy, Christmas! That’s another mountain to climb. 

I’m writing this on my phone as my Chromebook has decided to shut down at random intervals. It’s where I tend to do most of my writing. I don’t dare now for fear of losing passages mid-sentance. 

Today’s wordcount: 436, mostly the newsletter for work

I lied

Despite my best intentions, I ended up editing bits of the first scene. Though I mostly added and only took away a few words so I’m going to say it’s just fine.

This afternoon I started making a circle skirt out of gorgeous satin, then drafted up a post to show off my make, it will appear at some point along the line.

 

Word count: 191

Literally Nothing

Not a single word put on paper, or screen, up until this point. My brain is well and truly frazzled. I was sorely tempted not to write a post. However, this blog is meant to keep an honest account of my writing.

Today I spent the morning playing a wonderful game of Arkham Horror with my husband. After lunch, I had a visit from my sister and her adorable daughter. We had a lot of fun making a lot of noise. Less than fifteen minutes after they left my Mother-in-law popped round for a cup of tea.

My Asthma caught up with me then and I completely crashed.

Word-count: This is it.

 

I Joined A Writing Group

First off my obligatory apology for not posting in forever! It has been a hell of a month.

Now onto better things. I joined a writing group! It’s literally about five minutes down the road from me and runs every week! Last weeks ‘Homework’ was to write a piece of about 200 on absolutely anything so long as it starts:

Don’t put it there…

I can’t actually make it to tonight’s session as it’s my husbands birthday and we’re staying in and watching some good Polygon videos. I did write my piece as it’s a good ol’ habit to get into.  I shall share it with you kind people instead.

The Golden Library

‘Don’t put it there stupid child.’ The Librarian calls from atop her ladder. ‘They told me you were literate. I do not have time to teach you your letters’    

‘I’m the best reader in my school. They just didn’t teach us any of that funny writing.’

‘Greek. What kind of school doesn’t teach Greek? Give it here,’  Mary lifts the great gilded tome, sharp corners scratching her arms. The woman takes its weight effortlessly. With a satisfied sigh she slots the book into place. The wall glistens, too many books to count shimmer in the half light. Mary had read all there was to read in in her school, but none of them with a hint of decoration, only faded black leather with simple embossed titles. Once, when she’d been blessed in the big church, she’d gotten a look at the old bible. Gold shone from the pages like sun on the water. Brightly painted figures danced in the borders with bold knowing smiles.

Mary traces her finger along indecipherable lettering. What treasures lay behind the leather?

‘You hear me child?’ a voice sharp and impatient. Mary snapped her hand away from the book

‘Mm?’  she replied before remembering her mother’s warning about mumbling.

‘Lordy they’ve sent me an imbecile.’ the Librarian clapped her hands against her apron, tutted, then slid from her perch with surprising grace. Placid grey eyes surveyed Mary.  ‘I suppose that’s another thing I’ll be teaching you?’ despite the harsh gaze Mary felt a small thrill of excitement. A new world had opened up to her when she learnt to read. How many more worlds lay hidden behind gilded spines.  

 

Today I wrote this piece as well as a post for my other blog Today I Made…

Total Word count: 582 words

Hello There? I’m Back

My routine has been shot to hell due to various disruptions; ranging from a funeral to a nasty illness in which I slept for five days straight. It’s bee about a week since we’ve gotten back and I’m beginning to chisel back some form of routine.

Today I tackled the muddle that is the resolution of my novel. I now have a fully formed plan and am super excited to get out of the planning phase and into writing!

Not really sure what my word count is today because there’s been a lot of copying, pasting and reorganising.

Hopefully, today will be my kick start back into writing!

So Many Pieces Of Paper

I’ve been trying to figure out where on earth I am in my novel, at this point there are so many revisions it’s a bit terrifying to delve back in. I think I have somewhat managed to puzzle the versions apart. Now it’s time to un-pick exactly which plot line I am following.

Sticky notes, space and a tsunami of paper led to some vague form of clarity. I am religiously staying to my schedule and as soon as I’d unravelled the mess it was time to take a break and then start something new.

At least now all my notes are in a row and I have a good starting off point for next time. If I’m sticking to my routine, that should be tomorrow!

Today’s Word Count: 350

 

Word Count Update

Getting back into the swing of things I’m writing my wordcount for the day. First off I started a draft for next Sunday’s Crafty Sew & So’s blog, all about the upcoming Moneta Party.

Secondly, I started writing a post for Today I Made… all about a failed attempt at a dress. It needs a few pictures and polishing up before I post it, it may well be coming along in the next couple of days.

Today’s Word Count: 424

 

Renewing Those Forgotten Goals

There was a plan to have finished revising my novel by Christmas. I’m still lingering somewhere around the 15000-word mark. Any writing I’ve been doing has been blogging for Crafty Sew & So.

Delving into sewing projects leaves very little time to write. It’s incredibly satisfying completing projects, then parading about the place in my wears. Having a tactile thing to hold for my hard work is a world away from sitting at my computer screen or scribbling in a notebook.

So I am determined to chisel out that time for writing again and renew my efforts to documents said writing in this blog. but tonight I’m going to settle down with my

However, tonight I’m going to settle down with my cats, a cup o’ tea and a couple of homemade biscuits.

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Today’s wordcount, around 150 words

 

Ha.

I may sound like a broken record but here goes anyway.

I’ve been feeling a little down recently.  

I bet if I bothered to check, that phrase would be the most common throughout my blogging.  For those of you who don’t know, I’ve suffered from depression for a fair while now. For the most part, I’m coping far better. but the problem is…depression doesn’t go away just because you’ve figured out all the coping mechanisms. It comes back in insidious ways. Right now my depression is taking the form of lethargy. Everything is just that bit harder to do. Particularly anything involving social pressure.

Today I managed to revise a couple of scenes before succumbing to exhaustion.

Today I wrote: 870 words

Morning writing is the best writing. 

This morning I got up, out of bed and sat happily down at my computer. After compulsively changing wording on my previous scene I decided to word with a tried and tested method. I set an alarm for ten minutes and write any old rubbish that vaguely related to the scene.

It worked. I spent about five minutes messing about, but when the alarm went off I irritably turned it off and wrote happily for over an hour.

Today’s word count: 680