Considering the fact that I don’t post enough in any given week to truly warrant a weekly update post, I’ve decided that in the future I will make it a monthly update. It just makes more sense with my posting schedule.
That said, I had a good week with editing this past week, hitting my goal of one chapter per day. Go me!
Nothing is being written at the moment, since I’m putting all my focus into the editing of this novel. And we’re talking about a lot of editing. It takes me anywhere between 1-3 hours per chapter since I’m re-writing quite a bit. Also, there’s the thing that I just want this done, you know?
Part of me is worried that I should be splitting my time between editing and writing, but for now I’ll focus on the editing. The second novel has already been written as well, but will also require extensive editing. However, maybe once I get to that one I will actually split my time between editing and writing.
In other news, I’m on holiday for a week, and so I expect that my editing schedule will suffer. I’m bringing my laptop with me, but because I’m going home to visit my family – I don’t think I will have a lot of spare time. Still, I will do my best to not fall too far behind. If nothing else, my mom tends to go to bed a lot earlier than I do, so I might be able to do some editing once she’s asleep.
It’s been a rough start to the year with leaving my old job and starting a new one. Then finding out I was pregnant a couple of weeks after resigning. Then miscarrying two days before I would have hit week twelve. As if that wasn’t enough, I then ended up in the hospital with complications from said miscarriage.
I’m back at work again as of this week, and I’m also trying to get back into the editing of my first novel. This year I am going to publish it, and that’s that.
Numbers of chapters edited: 5
My goal is to edit one chapter per day, but I’ve discovered that the days when I work a few nights in a row – I get nothing done. It could be because I get home from work around 9 am, sleep until 5 pm and then only have two and a bit hours before I have to leave for work again. Now that I know that’s how it works in my new job, I can try to make up for it by doing an extra chapter on days when I’m not working.
I’ll be honest. I’ve done zero writing other than the edits. Definitely need to find a way to jump start my writing. Whether that is to write some random crap that’s never meant to see the light of day just as an exercise or to just force myself into a new project – I don’t know yet. But something has to be done. Editing is well and all, but I need to write something new too.
Other Random Stuff
It was my weekend off, and I would have been able to get quite a bit of stuff done – only I ended up hardly being home. Once I woke up after my last night of work on Friday I had a follow-up appointment at the hospital, and then went out to dinner and a movie with my partner’s mother and sister. On Saturday I went with the same two ladies again to do some clothes shopping, and then a trip to IKEA to buy a few things (like the yummy meatballs).
Today, Sunday, we’ve been away most of the day to my partner’s grandmother for a big family gathering that they have once a year. All the family come down from the various corners of the UK, and it’s a really fun day. Then in the evening I spent a few hours raiding in World of Warcraft, like I do every Sunday night when I’m not working. Because I’m a geek.
How was your week? I hope it was more productive than mine!
I thought I’d start making a post every Sunday on what’s been going on during the week. Maybe it will kick me into gear if I have to write down what I’ve done (or not done).
New Blog Design
I didn’t really like the old blog design, so this weekend I sat down and tried to fix it. After staring at the screen for such a long time, I honestly can’t tell whether it gotten better or worse – but at least it’s different to before.
Not done nearly as much with writing as I had hoped. Some weird things are happening in my personal life at the moment, and I’ve been pretty distracted. It’s not an excuse though, I should still sit my bum down and write! Next week will have to be better.
I did do some revising of the chapters of my first MS, and that needs to continue so that I can publish it as soon as possible.
As for writing, I’ve had such terrible writer’s block for the third book in that series that I think I need to take a break from it. Which means I have to pick up another project for a bit, but I’m hoping that something fresh will get me out of the writing slump. Somehow, having writer’s block and failing to finish that book has become such a big thing, the longer it’s gone on, that I’m just getting nowhere. Hopefully, a new project will let me eventually come back to it with fresh eyes.
Which brings me to the next part…
Choosing a New Project
Revising is good and a necessary evil, but I need to do some writing as well. Which means I have to choose what to work on next. There are so many ideas that it’s difficult to choose. I’m leaning towards an idea I’ve had for a while about a supernatural series. My biggest decision is to decide whether it should be contemporary or historical. Both have their pros and cons.
Other options include another two Regency romance ideas, a contemporary romance and a fantasy romance series.
Have I mentioned that I’m terrible at making choices?