When I started this blog, the one ambition I had over any other, was to not lose interest in it or stop updating it. Needless to say, I have failed in my ambition. It’s not that I lost interest, it’s just that other areas of my life have overtaken writing at the moment and the amount of time I’m able to dedicate to storytelling has somewhat diminished. The desire has not escaped however, and a quick scan through previous blog entries has shown me that I have actually written a great deal more of the novel than since I last posted. I’m up to chapter six don’t you know (I’m really not happy with chapter five and had to force myself to continue before I went crazy, but hey ho).
The first problem was the fact I was getting very fat. I ate what I liked and spent my lunchtimes at my desk writing and stuffing my face. Over recent months, this has been replaced with gym sessions and protein (mmmm) and now that I am finally seeing positive effects from this and my routines are in place, more of my spare attention is being diverted back to the writing.
The second problem, is that I have distracted myself with other writing projects and the development of those ideas. Whilst having a well deserved (required) siesta on holiday in Majorca, I had a brain wave, a nugget of a tiny idea’s kernel, and shot up from my drunken slumber to scrawl it into my notebook. I proceeded to spend all available writing time on this idea and completely neglected the first novel for quite some time. I love this new idea, but am far from having it worked out, so think it best I treat it as a long term ongoing project. Hence, I returned to The Adventures of Reefe (soooo not the actual title, but I still don’t have the title so shoot me) and banged out a few more chapters. I’ve come to think of this as my ‘learning novel’, finding my feet as a writer and getting to grips with structure. I still think it’s pretty good, but then I would. It will be finished!
This ‘finishing something’ thing has now become a bit of a preoccupation. I hate that I don’t have any finished pieces of work to show anyone. Everything is a work in progress. So my answer to this problem? Write a short story. Yes, I see that this is starting yet another project, however hopefully this is achievable in a much shorter space of time – Christmas deadline, wish me luck.
Other issues I’m experiencing – work is crazy busy at the moment and I don’t get to waste my time writing science fiction whilst getting paid anymore.. ‘FFS.’ Who would have thought it? Plus I’ve had a reading revolution recently and cannot stop reading and buying books. I’ve never enjoyed reading as much as I do right at this moment and well, it’s all good research, right?
So – from now until its completion, the focus is on the story of Rosie and the things that begin when she finds an interesting message written inside a book she picks up in a charity shop.. Come back here for more at Christmas!
One final thing – I realised that I no longer wanted to post my whole novel word for word on the internet. It’s actually going places (in my head) and as such, I want to keep it from public display. Yeah I know nobody actually reads this blog, but they could. Maybe. Possibly. No?? Anyway, I’ve gone back over previous blog posts and edited them down. The posts now contain ‘excerpts’ of chapters, just a few paragraphs from each. I’ll post up excerpts of three to five shortly (damn you five, my nemesis) and will continue to do so for the foreseeable.
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