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A Very Busy Week

I’m not really enjoying this week, and it’s only Tuesday ūüė¶

This week is my last week in my current job before I move sites and get¬†a promotion – woop! All good. But it means I have to wrap up everything here, and my company haven’t employed anyone else to take over from me so there’s no one to pass things on to. Not great.

That means that I’m pretty sure everything else is going out the window this week. Last night I was at work until nearly 7. By the time I went shopping then made dinner, I was exhausted. I watched a couple of episodes of Glee* then went to bed. Tonight I’ll probably leave late then have someone’s leaving drinks to go to. Tomorrow I’m out the office all day. I should be finished early though, so might be able to get some writing done then. Or maybe go to the gym. Thursday and Friday I’ll be rammed at work, then a leaving meal on Thursday and my leaving drinks on Friday.

Honestly, I’m tired just thinking about it.

At the beginning¬†of the week, I pretty much decided to give myself the week off writing. I’m stressed at work, and don’t need the added stress of fitting in writing. I don’t want to push myself too much then start my new job a stressy mess, or ill. I’m happy with that, but it could lead to a downward spiral.

What if I start my new job next week, and decide to give myself that week off to, you know, to get used to it and fit in. Then what if the following week I’m too busy, so give myself that time off too? See, slippery slope.

I’m not going to let it happen.

On the days I’ve been writing in the last few weeks, I’ve been writing like a demon, pretty much getting over 1,000 words per session. I want to carry that on, so I’m not going to let myself have ‘excuses.’ Yes, I have a busy week this week, but I’m going to try to fit in writing. I’ve managed to fit in a blog and I didn’t think I’d manage that, so who knows what else I can do?

I’m trying to keep up with exercising too. I was too tired yesterday to go to the gym, and I left my trainers at home today (honestly it was a mistake). I WILL go tomorrow, and I’ll try to go over the weekend. When I can’t go, I’ll carry on walking lots.

On days I haven’t been going to the gym, I’ve not been playing on the Wii¬†either. Walking yes, Wii no. That’s not good. I was in a great habit of playing on Just Dance 3, but I’ve slipped. I need to get back on to that. Especially as I’m not actually losing weight. Or I am during the week, but then I put it back on at the weekend. How rubbish is that.

I also haven’t been updating my chart. I know that’s because I’ve not been doing well and don’t want to have RED-RED-RED, but that’s not helping. If I fill it in and see the sea of red, maybe I’ll be shamed into exercising and writing.

I hope everyone else’s week is better than mine!

*I’d watched a couple of episodes of Glee before and quite enjoyed it. I decided it’s time to go back and watch it from the beginning. Hopefully this plan won’t stand in the way of everything else…

Wednesday Night Decisions

I’m 100% torn. To make it worse, I’m torn three ways. I have some free time, so should I: A) work on my writing course – the plan for the novel I want to write for NaNo so need to send like tomorrow. B) Work on the stuff I said I’d help my family with for their business. Stupidly I said I should be able to get this done by the weekend or C) work on my novel Holiday.

Short term I’ll do C). I NEED to write 250 words for it today or I’ll get kicked off NovelPI. I have no intention of doing this just before NaNo starts. If I can’t do 250 words a day, how do I expect to do 1667?

1667? I must be mad. Again!

If I don’t do the writing course assignment I’ll be so mad with myself. I wanted to do the plan as my next assignment and get it back ‘marked’ (commented on anyway) before NaNo starts. That’s probably not going to happen. On the other hand, this is a family business I could do with working on. A business that could make me money. Maybe enough money to give up my second job. AGH. I don’t know what to do.

Probably blogging about it isn’t going to help. Neither is worrying about it instead of doing one or the other. Maybe I’ll toss a coin. Maybe I’ll just go to bed and worry about it in the morning.

I’ve just realised it’s nearly Friday. That can only mean Fiction Friday. But I’ve not even read through people’s stories from last week. And my google reader account? Well that’s sitting at like 350/400 unread blogs. How do I get myself into these things?

The good thing is my housemate goes away on Friday. I’ll have a week at home alone. I’ll try not to make too many plans next week, then come home after work and write and work on this family thing. Yay. A friend of mine was saying today how awesome it would be to live alone. It so would. Having said¬†that, my problems don’t just lie within living with someone, they also lie within that nasty nasty¬†site, Facebook. Or more specifically Bejeweled and Bubble Spinner. I’m addicted. Some people have alcohol, some drugs. Me? I have Facebook games. And I’m not even that good at them ūüė¶

Ok, I’ll stop moaning about how horrific my life is now. I’ll go and write. And while I’m writing, I’ll decide what to do next… Or maybe I’ll decide when I’ve finished writing. Either way…

I Blame the New Job

Cause I can’t possibly take the blame for anything myself, I’m blaming my new job. For my lack of blogging over the last week. I’m not sure what my excuse is for the weekend. Actually I did more over the weekend with my Fiction Friday story than I usually do over a weekend.

I did know this would happen with the new job, but I think I didn’t consider everything that would happen. I thought I’d be able to blog at lunchtime and after work. I didn’t consider I might start going out to lunch with friends, shop at lunch, or go out so much after work. I think last week was pretty unusual, I was out every night, which I’m not planning on doing every week.

This week for instance I’ve only got two nights out. That leaves another three to be at home writing and blogging. Woop! Also I’ve been told about this program called Posterous¬†where once you’ve set up an account, you can EMAIL your blog and it will get posted automatically on your blog. Wow. At first I didn’t really get the point, but thinking about it, it’s much easier to go onto an email than WordPress during the day. Especially as my computer faces the whole office. I’ll be trying that this week.

I’m getting a bit stuck on Holiday. Every time¬†I go to write it, it’s a struggle. I’ve said this before, but I think¬†it’s because I’ve not got a plan. There’s always the fact that I’m writing so many different parts, I always have to think about which one would be the most interesting at that time. Usually none of them jump out at me. Sigh.

I’ve just taken on some extra work too, helping out my family with a business. Hopefully after it’s all set up it won’t be too much work a week, but right now I thinking I’m looking at quite a lot of work. Hopefully it will pay off for me. I’m hoping I’ll be able to give up my 2nd job as a waitress because of it.

My housemate’s going on holiday next week. I’m really looking forward to it. It means I’ll get home from work every night¬†switch on my computer and write, with no TV like I’ve got on now. Also my man is away, so I’ll have no distractions in that way. I really wish it was in November instead for NaNo.

I’ve decided I’ll take at least one day off in November. I’ve got six left this year, and I really think NaNo is a great reason to take some of them. I might even take¬†a long weekend off and go down to Bournemouth for a few days (oh how I love having family with a holiday flat!). I don’t know. I’ll have to think about it a little more.

The light bulb has gone in my bedroom. If it hadn’t I’d go in my room to some writing. We do have¬†a corner shop just on the… uh… corner, but I can’t be bothered to go. Housemate says she’s going to bed at 10, so I can get some done then. As long as I’m good and turn the TV off. That’s my problem, I can get in and not care about it, not be tempted to turn it on or anything, but if it’s on, I find it hard to turn it off!

Ok, time for writing. Honest!

Life’s About to Change

Unfortunately¬†I don’t have any writing news, which isn’t too good. But I’ve got some other news. I’ve verbally accepted the job I really want. Woo Hoo! No unemployment for this one! (which is a bit of a shame, I like the idea of sitting at home writing¬† instead of going to work! I think my landlady will appreciate me working though!). I’ve got 3 weeks 1 day left here, a four day weekend, then I start.

I’ll be working half an hour less a day, and finishing earlier in the evening, so I’ll have to become disciplined and go home and write after work. Maybe I’ll get the chance to do some during my lunch break too. Who knows. It feels like the right thing, even if my writing suffers – which to be honest I don’t think it will. I’ll just have to become more organised.

I’m not going to be able to go to that book club tomorrow. I’m not even half way through the book yet. Damn. I’ll email the girl that’s running it and see if I can get in with the next book. I’m a bit disappointed in myself, but it’s worked out quite well cause now I’m not going there, I can go to the gym, and have tonight free for the cinema (when I should have been going to the gym). Would have been good if I said it left me to go home and write wouldn’t it!

As I’ll have regular working hours in the new job I’ll be able to join a writer’s group and know I can go every month/two weeks whatever. There’s a couple I’ve got my eye on, so I’ll look into them a little more in the next couple of weeks.

Hey, it’s Hump Day today – only 2 working days until the weekend! Result.

Back to Normal

Upsettingly, I’m now back from holiday. Sigh. Unsurprisingly I feel like I need a few days off to recover from my long weekend off. Isn’t it always the way!

I had an awesome weekend though, in more than one ways. First it was great to spend time with my family – growing up I spent¬†a couple of weeks in every summer with them so we’re really close, but we don’t see each other all that much now. We stayed up late chatting and slept in late in the mornings, it was great (and probably why I’m so tired now, I’m used to still being asleep at 10am!!!)

I really wanted to spend some time writing and reading over the weekend, and set myself a task of writing 1,000 words of Holiday a¬†day. I actually did it. I’m so happy with myself for it too. Not only that, but I thought up¬†a new twist for the story. AND I did a bit of a plan for the whole story to work out where I need more story. That’s nowhere near finished, but I’ve started at least (I think maybe I should have started it before 30k words, but hey, better late than never.)

I also spent a little (literally a little) time thinking about my NaNo novel. I’ve got the main character’s names. Result. I’m really excited that I’m going to get to use a character name that I’ve wanted to use for ages, but has never fit anyone – it’s totally going to fit my American 16 year old. I’m not too sure about the story line, but I know the overall idea. I’m not 100% sure it will work, but hopefully!

I wanted to get a lot of reading done, which I didn’t manage. I’m a little upset about that, I only managed half of Mini Shopaholic, but I did as much as I could. It’s not like I wasted any time watching TV or anything.

The problem is it’s Tuesday and I’ve not read the book for the Chick Lit Book Group I’m supposed to be going to on Thursday. Eek. I’m busy tonight and probably tomorrow, so not sure if I’m going to be able to go. Damn. I’ll try anyway. I’ve got half the book to go, so I might make it.

I entered Rowan Coleman’s Status Short Story Competition on Friday. Guess what? I was a runner-up. That’s the second time I’ve been a runner-up. I’m so happy – especially as the other stories are so good. Also four people ‘like’d my story – that’s pretty awesome too.

Also, very excitingly, I got offered the job I want on Friday (seriously, Friday was one of the bets days ever), so I got to hand in my resignation. I was due to get made redundant in 5 weeks, so I’ll now be leaving a week before that happens. Result. Unfortunately I’ll actually have to WORK at the new¬†job, so won’t be able to write and blog during the day. But, the hours are better and less, so I should be able to do it all in the evening. I just need to get into the habit of doing it.

3 1/2 weeks left then of writing as much as I can and doing as much of my writing course as possible. Lets see how I go…

Quite A Lot of Thoughts for A Thursday Night

I worked an early shift today. On the way home I decided NOT to go to the gym (I was meant to be going out so wasn’t supposed to be going anyway – that’s my excuse). My housemate wasn’t going to be in for an hour or so, so I thought I’d get my Fiction Friday story done. And a blog. And did I? Bet you can guess!

First I got sucked into making dinner. Then my new novel (Until it’s Over by Nicci French – I literally haven’t been able to put it down today. How come no one told me about her before?). Then when I was going to start writing I remembered I wanted to make Brownies for work tomorrow (it’s one of the team’s last day so thought it would be nice – plus I’ve been promising I’ll make something for well over a year now!). So now at gone 10, I’m starting a blog. Dunno if I’ll get as far as doing the Fiction Friday thing, I might just add a little more to the ‘Holiday’ scene¬†I wrote yesterday.

Oh wow, yesterday. Yesterday was of course the Chick Lit Evening at Brixton¬†Library. Now for those of you that aren’t familiar with London¬†– Brixton¬†is pretty far South. I live near-ish Tottenham which is pretty far North, and I work somewhere in the middle. So yes, it was well out of my way. But was it worth it? Hell yeah. Lisa Jewell, Jenny Colgan, Matt Dunn, Jojo Moyes, Kate Harrison and Rebecca Chance were all there. First they each did a reading, then answered questions from one of the library staff then the audience. There wasn’t as big turn out as I imagined there would’ve been, but that was almost a good thing, there weren’t 100s of people asking questions, and I had a really good view from the 3rd row.

Every extract from the novels that were read were great, I’m telling you there’s some new novels on my TBR¬†list now! All the authors seemed honest and funny and like they genuinely¬†wanted to be there. It was great. Just sitting listening to them talk about how they started writing, or how they got agents, or where they get their ideas from really inspired me to write more. I don’t want to be famous – I’m not all that good being in the lime light (hence I hide behind this NTWG front) but how awesome would it be to sit on a stage with 5 other people and talk about doing the job you love. Seriously – I want to do it!

Brixon library got a cake and on top of it were pictures of each one of each of their books. It was amazing. I’ve got a picture I’ll post of it when¬†I download it from my phone.

At the end they had a boo signing. I really wanted to go up for a chat, but didn’t have any of their books to get them to sign, and we’re well past the time of the month that I can splash out on books. I’m actually really annoyed at myself cause I’d just finished a Kate Harrison book (Brown Owl’s Guide to LIfe – great book!) which I should’ve taken to get signed. Oh well. Next time.

The highlight of my evening¬†was when Lisa Jewell caught my eye and must’ve recognised me from last time I met her (in April I think at another one of these author things I won a ticket to – just her that time) cause she smiled and lipped hello. At least I think it was at me anyway, ha ha.

So that’s 1 of my fun book/author things for the next two weeks. On Monday I’m going to a ‘How to Get Your Book Published’ night put on my a London Magazine Stylist. I had to pay for this one which I was pretty outraged at (not really, just all the other things I’ve been to have been free – but this will probably be the most useful). When I saw it advertised I ummd¬†and ahhed about it, but, Lisa Jewell’s going to be there (I hope she doesn’t think I’m her new stalker) and so is Sophie Kinsella. I had to go didn’t I? Plus, champagne and canapes. HAD to!

Then on Wednesday I’m going to Rowan Coleman’s book launch party for The Happy Home for Broken Hearts. Saying that, I’ve not been confirmed on the list, but she said first 40 people to review one of her novels and I was the 2nd or 3rd, so pretty confident about that one.

The winners of the Rowan Coleman Short Story Competition were released today. I didn’t come top 8, but with over 300 entries I didn’t really expect to. She’s going to post the winning stories on her site over the next few days, so I’m going to read and learn from them. I’m so glad I entered, it made me realise that’s entering isn’t all that scary, even I can do it. Next step is magazine submissions I guess. Gulp!

When I was at work today I decided I’d write my Fiction Friday piece. I read the prompt and knew exactly how to start it. I was going to use Kate from Holiday again, cause I really like getting in her head and I’m there a lot of the time at the moment anyway (all my daily writing is her), and I knew where it would fit into the story (even if it’s not used in the novel itself). But then I started thinking more about it. Bad move. I then came up with a couple of ideas of where to take it. Then I couldn’t decide which one to use. The result was I didn’t write it. Damn it.

Then of course I decided to set a challenge for my Twitter friends. Well, not so much a challenge, more I asked for some help. Last night I replied to a couple of comments on here. That took my comments up to 666, which kinna¬†freaked me out a little. By lunchtime today, it was still on 666. I’m not really superstitious or anything, but just didn’t like being stuck on there. I didn’t want to comment on anything myself for the sake of it, so I asked for help. And put an incentive out there too. I said I’d name a character in my Fiction Friday piece after the next person to comment on my blog. Bless Walt from WaltinPA – he commented (Thank you so so much Walt). I’ve got a couple of ideas of who ‘Walt’ is going to be. I wonder which one I’ll go with… Oh I’ve just thought, if I go with one I might be able to get my favourite word ever in it – ‘cantankerous’. Excellent.

I feel like there’s something important I was going to blog about and can’t remember what it was. Maybe one day I’ll plan a blog so this doesn’t happen.

Oh I know. My job! From sat around doing nothing today, I’ve managed to get a couple of people suggesting jobs to me, that I think I’d be in a pretty good position of getting.

The first one is for the company I work for now. My boss suggested it last week and I said no way – for about a week every 2 or 3 weeks I’d have to be in work at 7.30am. I’d have to leave my house at 6.30am. I’d therefore have to get up around 5.30am *shudder* I am NOT a morning person. My boss obviously wants to keep me cause she said she’d have a word with the manager over at that site to see if they’d like someone on the late shift (9.00 – 6.00pm) predominantly. Today she came back and said yes. Now because it’s a different site and the way my company works, I’d have to apply for it, but I think I’d be in a pretty good position to get it! Result. Except I hate the company I work for. But a job’s a job right.

Until. I was chatting to someone at the site I work at (a different company) and he mentioned he’s looking for an administrator. I said no straight away, but thought about it and thought it probably wouldn’t be a bad idea. The money’s a little less than I’m on now,¬†but it’s 2 1/2 hours LESS work a week do now, and 5 hours less than this other job I’m looking at. And finishes at a nicer time.

Either way, I’m not going to be able to spend as much time at work writing, blogging, tweeting etc which is a shame, but I’ve had a good run of 18 months doing it. I think if I get an iphone or something similar I’ll be able to still tweet and keep up to date with blogs and stuff. And if I get either of these jobs I’ll be finishing earlier so hopefully I’ll be able to get more done in the evening. Especially as the next few months will probably see quite a significant change in my living arrangements, meaning I’ll be more able to work in the evenings. But that’s a story for another time.

I’ve just realised how long this blog is, sorry to keep you so long. If you’ve even made it this far!!

July Joy

The sun is shining, the weather is hot, it’s July, nearly my birthday, and the first day for my July Goals. A day to be positive I feel.

I had a bad day yesterday, loads of glum work stuff and was feeling a bit down with lack of progress on the new job front. Thankfully a friend took me out for dinner and reminded me what I want and am trying to achieve.

I’m doing a creative writing course. I’m writing lots on the side. That’s what I want to do. I want to write. My day job is just getting me through until I can make money from writing, or I realise I can’t. Either way, it’s temporary. It’s a way of making ends meet.

When I started the course last year, I decided I’d stay in¬†my boring, pretty poorly paid job while I do the course. I’d try to make writing a career, and make money from my JOB. Somewhere along the line I forgot that, I’ve been thinking I need a career now.¬†I don’t – I need a job. I want to walk away at 5pm with no thoughts of work, so I can write at home. That’s what I want.

I feel so much better today realising that. I’ve already applied for one job (that actually sounds pretty good) and am aiming to apply for at least one more today, on top of writing, going to the gym and reading. See, look, when I put my mind to it, I can achieve anything. Well, I can achieve lots anyway, maybe not ANYTHING.

Today, as well as all the above, I’m going to be eavesdropping. All in the name of writing. Over at Bugged they’re holding an actual Creative Eavesdropping Day. Today participants must listen in to other people’s conversations, and create a story from something they hear. They then have until August to send it in. Good things get posted on the site, great things get put in an anthology, 10 amazing things go in a book. Wow. Right people of London, be prepared, to be heard!

As I’m mentioning competitions, it’s probably a good time to mention the Rowan Coleman’s Short Story Competition I’m going to be entering. 1000 words¬†on ‘Starting Over’. I’ve got my idea. I’ve roughly written 250 words. I just need to finish it. I’m worried about getting dialogue in it. I think stories are better with dialogue, but it’s going to be hard to get any in, without¬†giving away the twist. I will be trying though. Maybe I’ll work on that this afternoon. Or tomorrow, after Fiction Friday. Woop for Fridays!

I’m going to have to change my ‘about’ section on here, and am gutted about it. It currently¬†reads ‘I‚Äôm a 20 something ‚Äėnew to writing girl.’ ‘ From Monday, I won’t be 20 something¬†anymore – no, I turn 30 then. (hence the reason for my little stress yesterday). It’s going to have to change to ‘early-30s’ or ’30 yo’ or something. Eek. Oh well, I’ll think about that next week.

Right. Lunch. Ear-wigging. Excellent.