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Monday Blues

Someone told me today that people are supposed to be at their best on Mondays as they are refreshed after the weekend.  A small survey I did in my office (of three people) showed the majority (all of them) disagree with this.  Apparently my office are at their best on a Friday – when they’re about to have time off.  Is anyone honestly at their best on a Monday?  With a whole five working days ahead of them?  I don’t think so.  I’m definitely not. 

I’ve been struggling today.  I’ve been struggling to do my day job, let alone my writing.  I have however managed to write 900+ words, and it’s only 6pm.  That’s pretty good.  Considering how hard it was to make myself write one word, that’s very good.  It did feel like pulling teeth though, and the 900 words felt more like 2k, but still, I’ve done all I need to do, so any extra I can MAKE myself do will be a bonus.

I’ve just finished Cecelia Ahearn’s Thanks for the Memories.  I enjoyed it, but find it hard not to compare it to PS I Love You and Where Rainbows End, which I think are two of my favourite books ever.  I much prefer her straight chick lit books than the based in fantasy ones.  I’ve got another of her books to read The Gift – I need to wait until nearer Christmas though I think for that as the topic is Christmas – maybe the beginning of December I’ll find that.

The next thing I’m going to be reading isn’t what I ever expected to be reading.  One of the people I follow on Twitter asked for volunteers to read the 1st draft of her novel.  I’m really excited that she agreed to let me.  She wants to know if it works, what I like, what I don’t like etc.  It’s so exciting that my comments and thoughts could help to shape a completed novel.

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October’s goals

I hope that I achieve more in October than I ever have before.  I really feel like I’m on a run with my writing course, I seem to be doing lots of reading and now I’ve signed up to the Novel Push Initiative I’ll be doing at least 250 words a day on holiday.  Here we go then:

  • Write 15,000 words.  I’ll be doing at least 7,750 for NovelPI, 20 blogs of at least 250 words gives 5,000 then a few more for other thing’s I’ll do.
  • 20 blogs on WordPress
  • 4 weekend posts.  As I’m going to be writing every weekend for NovelPI I may as well do more posts.
  • Read 2 novels
  • Read 4 children’s books.  I’m quite into the idea of writing a children’s book, so need to do research, research, research.
  • Finish assignment 2 for my writing course.  Hopefully once I get past this project I should be able to fly through the course (maybe not fly through it, but continue steadily with it).

That looks like quite a lot and I’ve actually had to limit myself.  I wanted to set myself much higher goals, but think it’s better to have achievable ones than way far out ones.  As long as I stay motivated through the whole month I should be fine.

Elsewhere.  I’ve now done days 1 and 2 of NovelPI, and done really well on both.  I got just under 450 yesterday and today I’m currently sitting just above 700.  Both days I’ve felt like I can write loads more, and am having to stop myself for fear of burn out.  I’m a little scared that if I write for as long as I want on the project I’ll either get bored of it, or write as much as I can that’s been plotted.  If I get as far as having written everything I’ve plotted, I’ll just have to plot more. 

I need to do that anyway.  So far I have the story planned 90% before the holiday, then once they get on holiday, I’ve only planned about 20%.  The important 20%, but not enough to fill in some blanks and a whole holiday of activities.  I also have made quite a significant change to the family structure of the heroine.  Well, I think I have.  It’s something I can’t decide on right now.

During my lunch hour I’m going to go to the library and send the email (or at least start the email) to hopefully get people to help with my assignment.  I’m not all that confident that will be the way to do it, but that’s all the ideas I got at the moment.  Fingers crossed. 

I’ve started a Twitter account to go in conjunction with this.  I’ve actually set it up so I can check in for NovelPI, but I guess it’s a good idea anyway.  I don’t really know what I’m doing with it, so who knows how much it will be used.  If you want to follow me I’m new2writinggirl. 

I’ve started on novel number one for this month.  I’m going for some chick lit.  Yay.  Cecelia Ahearn’s Thanks for the Memories.  It did that horrible making me cry on the tube thing this morning.  In the first few chapters too.  I don’t even really care about the characters in it yet.  I’m just a soppy so and so.

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…