>Just to let you know that I’m writing away, a few hundred words every night. I’m guessing that after about three weeks that means that I must have written thousands of words. The current plan is to get it all down on the screen no matter how bad it looks. And then when I go away on my Arvon course I’ll pull it all together
>I bought middle DS (aged 6) a huge box of Lego for Christmas/Solstice. I’ve found it’s a really good way to be creative – like a rapid prototyping tool. Although now I’ve got a project I’m investing lots of time and effort into it to do the best I can at it. The end product is going to be a photograph so I’ll share here when I’m done!
Also I now have a writing buddy – someone I worked with about 12 years ago in Ireland. Anyway, we’re both on twitter and nagging each other to write every day. My novel is finally restarted and now I’ve been writing every day I need to get on and plan out the next stage of the plot.
Finally, I’m now booked on an Arvon course – five days of seclusion with other writers deep in Devon to (hopefully) knock my novel into some kind of publishable shape.
>Right so. The state of our family so far is that youngest DS has a nursery that he likes (at 2 1/2 he knows his own mind!) and goes there three times a week. Middle DS is going to his local primary and he can walk there with me which is lovely! But the eldest has so far failed with every attempt to get into school. Luckily he’s happy about this and we’re going to start prepping him for the Kent Test.
This does mean that I need to carefully manage my time to get my creative projects underway. I’m about to book an Arvon course – a residential get-away for a week with other writers. This does mean that I’d like to get several thousand words under my belt – if not tens of thousands. That way I’ll be able to use the course to do a major re-write and make the whole book hang together. But if I don’t get enough written, I should be able to make proper progress on getting it written.
>Well, middle DS starts school any day now and youngest is going to nursery three mornings a week, so hopefully I’ll soon get a bit of time to be creative. I’ve got a couple of craft fairs coming up for Christmas so I’d really like to get some stuff made for them… I’m working on night-light holders at the moment…
At the moment I’m trying to find time at either end of the day to be myself and to be a bit creative. I went out to Herne Bay the other day and took photos just for the fun of it. And I’ve sat down here to write this. I’ve also made decisions about my writing and the direction it’s going in.
So I do feel that there is some forward progress.