Withdrawal

I believe I am on my fifth day of reducing my sertraline dose. The main side effects have been headaches, fatigue nausea and bouts of irritability. All in all not as bad as I thought it would be as the symptoms don't last long. It's worst at night, I suppose because that's the longest time … Continue reading Withdrawal

World Building

Today I spent an hour or so going through the BITE Model in order to map out the rules and beliefs the authorities in my novel instil and enforce. The BITE model is a test laid out by Steven Hassan to see if an organisation is a cult. I spoke about this a little in … Continue reading World Building

South Stack Lighthouse

Day Five: A trip to the Lighthouse Ragged and wild, I felt at home. Seagulls soar below, dark wings arched. Uneven steps narrow and worn. The Lighthouse white and sturdy against the rough seas. Dark sprawling patches of water like the shadow of a Kraken. Tides meeting, white waves crashing against placid waters. A thrill … Continue reading South Stack Lighthouse

Novelling Away With Maths

I want to finish editing my novel this year. I sat down and did the maths,  in order to get the remaining 74,000 words revised I need to write roughly 6,750 words a month.  That's 2,250 a week. I'll probably only be able to write four days a week so...565 a day. Today I Wrote: … Continue reading Novelling Away With Maths

Mental Health And Self Care

Simultaneously feeling isolated and overwhelmed. Out at a meal today I had the tightening of a dread knot in my stomach, clumsy words and an intense desire to leave the table and never return. I've  not felt this way in a while.  This morning I didn't find any joy in writing my novel. Uncomfortable and anxious at the … Continue reading Mental Health And Self Care

Writing Through The Asthma

I am once again on antibiotics for a chest infection and steroids for my asthma. This is my morning lot of medication. However, I have been able to work a fair bit on my novel. I've made a little rewards chart for wordcount goal I reach.  For the first 2100 words, I get a little … Continue reading Writing Through The Asthma

Productive Day

Today I stuck to my routine! In the morning I sat at my computer and revised the first scene of my novel. Each revision gets a little easier. I did my first reading last Tuesday at writing group. I received really positive feedback. But reading it aloud I found it a little complicated and perhaps … Continue reading Productive Day

The Wonder Of To Do Lists

Today is the first in a long time in which I have had nothing planned through the day. Last night I wrote a really strong to do list. the things I was avoiding don't seem quite so daunting written down.  After a bit of a lie in I checked the master list, then wrote a … Continue reading The Wonder Of To Do Lists