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Library user

I am now an official user of the library.  I went there during my lunch break and got out 5 books.  I was pretty impressed I didn’t get more – you can have up to 12.  12 books – imagine…

I got a couple of books for holiday preparation: one on France and one on North Italy (anyone guess where I’m off to…?); and three fiction books:

The Dirty Secrets Club by Meg Gardiner

Thanks for the Memories by Cecelia Ahern and

Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married by Marian Keyes.

I’m so excited!  Lots of reading.  They’re not all to read on holiday (I’m sure the man will be glad to hear!) but it gives me a choice of reading material (if I get a chance to read at all).  The Meg Gardiner is off my ‘To read’ list, so that’s good, the others are just ones I saw there and fancied.  I just need to finish the book I’m reading now. 

I did something I’ve never done before yesterday.  I was waiting for some family members at the tube (we were going for a drink), with nothing to do.  I was a little bored and looked down at the folder I was carrying and found a note pad.  So… I did a little bit of writing.  Granted not much, but every little helps.  Maybe this could be a start of extra writing.  If I can remember to do this every time I’m waiting, or have some spare time I could increase my word count a month by loads.  And probably think up quite a few scenes.  I was proud of myself. 

Well that’s about it for today – short and sweet as they say.  I’m going on holiday Saturday morning, so may be too stressed/busy to blog tomorrow, then who knows when I will after that.  As I said before I’m not going to put any pressure on myself to blog when I’m away, but who knows, I might really want to.  We’ll see…

Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

Wow, a semi decent title.  It’s only taken me seven or so months of blogging to get one.

I’m going to the Science Museum’s adult only night tonight.  I’m so excited.  It’s reminded me that my first visit there was in order to write a review for my first writing course assignment.  I wrote it, but it was double the length it was allowed to be, so in the end I went somewhere else and reviewed something else.  After sending the assignment in, I said to myself that I would continue to review places I went to, for practice writing different things.  I haven’t.  I think I might do one when I get home tonight/tomorrow.  I’ll definitely make notes on it anyway!

I left my book at work last night, so no reading on the tube home or coming to work this morning.  Don’t you just hate it when that happens! Especially when you’re reading a really good book.

I’m trying to practice touch typing, but it keeps making my arms ache.  I must be doing something wrong.  I need to find out the ideal sitting position to type, and do it.

I did some free writing this morning.  It turned into something very strange for me.  It was the beginning of a thriller. What?  Something that’s not chick lit?  Whatever is the world coming to?  I don’t think it will go anywhere as I can’t imagine I’d be able to think up enough to go in a thriller story.  I do envy good thriller writers, I can’t imagine being able to think up something that keeps readers on the edge of their seats for a whole novel.  Maybe one day, who knows where my writing journey will take me.

I’ve just found out Marian Keyes has a new book coming out in October.  Oh my god, and Cecelia Ahearn.  That’s my Christmas presents sorted!

Ok here’s something I’ve been meaning to write about.  And something I feel I’m missing.  Have you notices that a huge number of chick lit authors (the main ones I read) are Irish?  Is there something in the water over there that makes them amazing story tellers?  Would I have more success if I was Irish?  Should I move over there and pretend I am?  It’s strange isn’t it!

This is not a good idea.  The library I joined yesterday has an online catalogue.  I’ve just spent the last 10 minutes looking at it to find books, I’ve just added loads to my ‘to read’ list.  Damn, I’ll never get though it now!

322 – the number of untitled blogs today

Damn.  Damn, Damn, Damn.  I’ve just worked out I’m not going to meet my goal number of blogs this month, unless I blog twice in one day and both days at the weekend.  Not going to happen.  Especially as I’m working the second job BOTH weekend days! Sigh.  Oh well, I’m still writing regularly and quite a lot so I’m happy.

I know I wrote the other day about my excitement about a new book that’s just come out by Sophie Kinsella.  I think I did anyway.  I really want it to come out in paperback before my holiday in September so I can take it and read it then.  Yesterday I found out that Jane Green has a new book coming out soon too.  I love Jane Green.  She’s in my top three favourite authors (Sophie Kinsella and Marian Keyes being the other two).  In fact I might go out on a limb and say she is my favourite author.  I read one of her books once that changed my life.  Not in a major way, but it made me realise something which led to something else.  So she does awesome chick lit, but I actually gained from it too.

I would love it if one day someone got excited (other than family and myself) that I was releasing a new book.  Imagine knowing someone was looking forward to reading something you wrote.  That’s my dream.

But it’s a long way away.  Short term I’ve made a decision about work that is going to screw up my writing time I have during the day.  But as I don’t seem to be doing too much at the moment it’s not too big a problem.  I just hope I’ll find time to keep blogging.

Haha, if someone had have told me six months ago I’d be a regular blogger, I would have laughed at them.  I knew pretty much nothing about blogs etc and would never have believed I’d start doing it too, let alone enjoy it.  And an avid reader of other people’s.  Funny how things happen.  Having this blog definitely inspires me to write, whether it be on here or actual creative writing. 

I wish something would inspire me to do some of my next assignment for my course.  I’m not really inspiring myself.  Maybe I need to choose another topic, maybe this one just isn’t interesting me enough and I could get on better if I choose something that will interest me more.  I need to do some brainstorming.  Sigh.

Nearing month end…

Only a couple of days left until the end of the month.  This poses a couple of questions.

1.  Where the hell is 2009 going?  We’re now 1/3 of the way through it.  Wow.  When I was younger people used to tell me that time started going faster the older you get.  That is so true.  I dread to think how quickly it will go when I’m 50!  Or 70?

2.  How did I get on with my goals for April?  Pretty well. 

Today’s post makes 14 this month – my target.  If I can squeeze in a few more I can go way over my target. 

Last week I reached my total for words written.  I’m really impressed with that.  I thought 6,000 would be a hard target to reach, seeing as I’ve not done any proper serious writing for years.  I found it quite easy though.  It helped that I tried the writing for 5 minutes every hour while at work.  Although I only managed to do this about once, it kept writing in the forefront of my mind.  Therefore when I had some spare time, I started writing. 

I finished reading This Charming Man by Marian Keyes and wrote my review of it (https://newtowritinggirl.wordpress.com/what-im-reading/this-charming-man-by-marian-keyes/)

I read the next three modules of the writing course.  I’ve not made notes which is something I’d like to do, but not top of my priorities.

Assignment two.  Ah.  Um.  No.  I’ve started to review a magazine.  Yeah, not getting on too well with this.  Need to give myself a kick to get me going on this.  I have been thinking about it quite a lot.  I have done some research into the kind of magazines I think I could write for.  Step up on this next month (and the last couple of days of this month).  I do carry  the magazine I’m currently reviewing round with me.  Does that count as a step in the right direction?

Writing down dreams/day dreams. I’m not too sure how I’ve done with this.  I’ve written a few down on scraps of paper lying around as I’ve thought of them.  Or sent myself emails with the details or even saved them as drafts on here.  I’ve not as yet put them in order so I have no idea how many I’ve written down.  I’m getting semi good at it.  I probably write them down every 3 or 4 days.  Better than nothing!

All in all I’m quite happy with my progress, especially as I only really had half the month to action them.  I presume that means I have to double my plan for next month?  Or more than double it to push myself?  My priority must be my next assignment.

Positive feelings flowing

Today I am having very positive feelings.  I’m not too sure of the reason(s) behind this, but it may be one of several (or a combination of them). 

The weather is warm.  I have been told that today is predicted to be the warmest of the year so far.  I was cold on the way to work this morning, but that was three hours ago.  Apparently it’s now warm.  This means summer’s on it’s way.  Summer always makes me feel happy and positive.  Who knows why I choose to live in this cold rainy country!

I finished the book I was reading last night.  Yes, I stayed up too late finishing it last night, yes I am very tired because of it, but it was worth it. 1am isn’t as bad as 2am or later.  Really enjoyed it.  Marian Keyes – The Charming Man.  This is the kind of thing I want to write.  If I can do it even half as well as her, I’ll be happy. 

Finishing the book means I can cross one thing off my ‘to do’ list for this month. YES!  That always makes me feel good.  Just another eight million things to go (exadurate? Me? Never!).

I read a blog yesterday where the author had made a decision to set a timer for once an hour at work, and when it goes off, she will write for five minutes.  I think that is such a good idea, I have decided to do the same.  That will really help towards the 6,000 words I want to write this month.  I started it an hour ago.  I planned a scene from the ‘holiday book’, and started writing it.  After five minutes I wanted to write more.  So I did.  Half an hour and 600 words later I stopped.  Nice.  I am lucky (today I feel happy about it anyway) that my job is so quiet I can do it.  Yes, I’m interrupted by having to answer the phone every few minutes, but at a quick transfer and they’re gone.  I’ve started both the novel and my word count for the month.  Excellent. 

My touch typing is also going really well.  I don’t need to look at the keyboard.  Yay.  Also not looking at the keyboard means I’m looking at the screen so picking up spelling mistakes as they happen not at the end.  I’m saving loads of time correcting the spelling at the end of writing anything.  My spell check must be in shock at the lack of work.

So all in all today’s a good, positive day.  And it’s not even lunchtime 🙂

(Plus 450+ words on here, that’s a daily total of more than 1,000 today.  At this rate I’ll go well over my 6,000 target!!).

April’s goals

As I decided last week, I have made myself some goals for April.  It’s half way through, so I have taken this into consideration.  It’s a lot, but as I’m pretty broke this month I won’t be going out which will leave me with lots of time to complete.
  • Read the current book of modules (3) for my writing course.
  • Complete Assignment 2 for the writing course (start and finish should I say)
  • Write 6,000 words in any form (on here, fiction, assignments etc)
  • Complete x blogs on here (this being number one)
  • Finish the book I’m reading
  • Write review of the book I’m reading on here.
  • Write down 8 night’s dreams/day dreams.
Not too much for 16 days.  Umm……  Not to make excuses, but I’ve got a horrible cold, so don’t see myself doing much over the next few days.  Except the reading. 
 
I’m reading Marian Keyes ‘This Charming Man’ – still.  I’ve been reading it for maybe a month.  It was really hard to get into, because to start with I hated one of the main characters, but now I’m into it I can’t put it down.  I even gave up my 20 minute walk at lunch to read it.  I’m probably going to have to finish it tonight (lack of sleep will not do the cold any good, but I am addicted to it!!)
 
I really should have done some of this over the (long) weekend.  I did however do two days’ waitressing, I figure I can’t do everything (yep, excuses!).

And now for the planning…

I didn’t do as much of my course this weekend as I would’ve liked.  Or as much reading.  Oops.  To be honest it was to be expected.  I never do that much over the weekend.  I managed to find time to do some gardening and playing on the Xbox though, tut tut me.  At least the gardening is worth it (carrots and lettuce in a few months time!).

 

I did start reading Module four of the course.  One section of it was on titles.  YAY. The Bain of my life (in writing anyway).  It’s still going to be very hard for me to make them up.  I’m going to try doing them at the end of the piece of writing not the beginning (just use a working title while writing) because then I’ll know what I’ve written about.  What I also need to do is plan my writing.  At the moment I just write what write as I go, which to be honest I’ve always known was wrong but now I’ve been told!  So planning is the way forward! 

 

I also stated to read my new book – This Charming Man by Marian Keyes.  I’ve not found it as engaging as I usually find her books from the off.  But, it’s written as kind of a diary and a lot of the sentences start without ‘I am’ (e.g. it would say ‘Back at home’ not ‘I’m back at home’) and I’m finding it a little too… casual maybe?.  I’ve just realised it’s written in the present tense (I think – I will need to check that).  Don’t get me wrong, I am enjoying it – it’s a good story, and I’m only hearing one person’s view at the moment – there are three more to come. 

 

On Friday I was messing about on the internet, I wanted to write something, but had no idea what I wanted to write.  I found this site that suggests things to write to improve your writing, ranging from rewriting a fairy tale from another person’s perspective, to writing an excuse for not working today.  There’s literally 100s of ideas.  It’s such a good website.  Not that I’ve actually done anything from it, but I will.  If I can work out how to add a link I’ll add it (if I can’t it’s creativewritingprompts.com). 

 

I’m going to make a plan for this week.  Things I want to achieve this week.

  • Read modules four, five and six of the writing course.
  • Make notes on what I will write for assignment two (this may be harder than I think as I might need to do a lot of research before hand.  If I do, this can change to doing the research for it).

 

That seems to be my list.  It looks so short and easy.  I bet it won’t be.  I have decided I’m going to make notes on the course in another note book for easy reference.  I keep saying these things.  I need to start doing them!

Goodbye Assignment one

Yes, that’s right.  After all this time and talk, assignment one will be posted this weekend.  As soon as I can get it printed that is.  Woo hoo.  I think I’m quite happy with it.  I guess my tutor’s comments will tell me whether I should be happy with it or not.  As they say though, this isn’t about trying to get work published – this is about seeing how observant I am.  Or am not?

This means A. I can start my Marian Keyes book; and B.  I can start on Assignment two.  Or so I thought.  I actually can’t as I have to read three modules of the course before I can start it.  Before I read that I must to that first, I accidentally started to read the assignment.  It sounded scary.  It said analyse a magazine you read all the time.  Eek.  I didn’t read any more, but that alone scares me.  Hopefully once I’ve done these three modules it will be less scary than I am currently thinking it is.

I feel like I’ve not done any writing this week.  All I’ve done is editing the 1st assignment.  I should do some writing.  NOW!  I should stop writing this and do some other writing.  That sounds silly but you know (I know) what I mean.

I’ve had an idea.  It just came to me the other day.  I was reading a magazine and they were talking about how they have a readers panel.  They invite four readers per issue to come in and give their views on the magazine.  What a great experience that would be.  Going in to a magazine and seeing how it works.  Woo.  I just need to convince them that I’d be great for it.  I need to send them ‘fun facts’ about myself to get the gig.  FUN FACTS?  Ummmmmm.  It’s going to take me a while to think about them.  I originally thought I’d say about the writing course I’m doing, but then thought they might not like that – they might feel like I was trying to get in to get ahead in selling articles (Me? As if!), so have deleted that.  Other than loving cooking (and therefore the magazine for having recipes) and being healthy/gyming I can’t think of anything fun about me.  Don’t think they’d go for ‘I love going to clubs/bars/pubs’.  Damn.  Need to become ‘fun’. 

I’m going to do some writing now.  I don’t know what about though.  This could be a problem.

New week new post

I see a pattern emerging here in my blogging.  Writing at the beginning of the week, then nothing towards the end or over the weekend.

You will however be pleased to hear (I am at least) I’ve finally finished the first assignment for my course.  I just need to proof read it and send it in.  I’m feeling quite nervous about it – I’ve not had anything marked for years.  This will also be the 1st step towards me finding out if I can really write or not.  Although they say anyone can become a writer, there must be people out there that really can’t – no matter how much tuition they are given..  Realistically I know I’m not one of those people (mainly attributed to school grades given to creative writing, but also to people commenting and reading my blog – thanks again!), but I think I would not be human to have slight underlying fears about this. 

The exciting thing about this is that I now get to move on to assignment two.  I’ve not read anything about it yet, so am very excited.  The first parts I think are all none fiction which is quite scary as this is not the genre I want to write but more of a challenge too.  The course has a money back guarantee that you will make back your the course fees in selling writing before you finish it.  That’s an exciting (and terrifying) thought – hopefully I’ll be SELLING my writing.  People will be paying to read what I write.  Wow!

The other exciting thing about finishing is that I now get my ‘reward’ to myself – the new Marion Keyes book.  This means my life will now stop for a few days while I read it.  She never disappoints.  Just need to find some time to start reading it!

You may notice an addition to my blog homepage (if that’s what it is?).   A second page – ‘What I’m reading’.  As I’ve said on it, I want to keep track of the books I read so here it is. I’d like to also give recommendations to others to read the books I enjoy.  The only problem is I don’t seem to be able to add tags to the page.  I need more help.  Please.

I went to the Museum of London last week.  I quickly decided that it wasn’t the place to write about.  I find it hard enough to convey how much I really enjoy something – I’m not sure I could start to consider how to convey not enjoying things.  It wasn’t that bad, but it wasn’t the Science Museum (I’m already looking forward to going back there).  It was just a little boring.  It felt slightly like a history lesson with very little interaction and fun.  Still, I felt cultured afterwards.  I’m going to try to visit a museum every month.  See if I can do all the tourist things now I live in London!  I’ll also continually feel cultured. 

On that note I’m going to see the Album Chart show being filmed tonight.  Ha ha!

Pull your finger out girl

At the moment I am pretty annoyed with myself (for the second time in a week, but lets not go into the getting too drunk story!). I’ve been at home three nights this week and done nothing towards my writing course. I go home with lots of enthusiasm, but once I’ve got home and eaten I kind of loose it. I guess it doesn’t help that I get home around 7.30pm. I didn’t do much last weekend either. I need to snap out of this and get on with some writing.

I am going to the Museum of London tonight. Whether I will write about it or not, it sounds like a fun thing to do. Oh god, I sound like a geek. I’m not a geek. (There can’t be two geeks in my relationship!). I’m going to write about it regardless of whether I submit that for the writing course or not. It will be good practice and the more I do the better I’ll get. And if I pull my finger out I’ll send my assignment off and get some expert advice to help with that.

I walked past a bookshop today and saw a Marion Keyes book I’ve not got. I was going to go back at lunch and buy it, but decided I wouldn’t get it today, but ‘reward’ myself when I’ve sent my 1st assignment in. Reward as I LOVE Marion Keyes’s books. Plus, if I bought it today there is no way I’d be able to do anything else for the next few days as I’d just be reading that. Although that might be a good thing as I’m pretty sure the man will spend most of the weekend on the Wii. I am going to have to get into Guitar hero if I ever want to see him. Maybe I won’t then I can write when he’s playing on that. Who says you should write with no distractions? Ha ha!

Speaking of Marion Keyes – that’s who I want to be like. Or Jane Green. I love their books and can’t put them down when I read them. Actually Sophie Kinsella is like that too (need to go and see the Shopaholic film – it can’t be as good as the book though). I want to write books that people can’t put down. That stop everything else in their lives because they just have to read. That make people want to read quickly to get to the end, but also want the book to go on forever. That’s why I want to write.

Just realise I never read these blogs before I post them. Is that a good or bad thing? I’m scared if I read them I’ll over analyse and take forever reading and re reading them. I’ll start re reading tomorrow. Time to go now.

Museum (and geekyness) here I come.