Wednesday, July 1, 2015

And then it was July... (and some August Moon news)

Ummm, yes. So the last time I posted, it was the end of April and I was planning to take a month off blogging so as to focus on my fiction writing.

And now it is 1 July.

And you'd be forgiven for wondering how one month became two. Because it's a question I have been asking myself. And one for which I honestly don't have an answer other than LIFE.

What I can say is that it did feel good to have a break. A few things happened in the space that's usually reserved for blogging.

One is that I got some rest. It's almost ridiculous how momentous this felt. I mean, I even rested on days when I hadn't "earned" it. You know: there were dishes in the sink and mountains of laundry to be done and emails piling up and letters to be written and weight to be lost and a self to be improved... but whenever a quiet moment arose I just picked up a book and lay on the couch and read it. And if you know anything about me, you'll know that was pretty radical.

The good news is that I also got a fair bit of writing done. Like everything in my life right now -- with a six year old in school (currently on school holidays) and a one year old who only naps for an hour during the day -- the writing happened in small bursts. Babysitting windows weren't huge but they were reasonably regular. And even though I didn't get to escape to my writing studio as often as I would have liked, I did what I could when I could.

I used the time to get organised. I got the Get to Work book (pictured above). I mapped out plot lines using index cards, sharpies and pins (pictured below). I wrote and rewrote major episodes. I scribbled down notes whenever inspiration hit. I hatched a plan to meet a September deadline. I applied for a novel writing master class in November (on the recommendation of a publisher) and got accepted.

So, the plan is to continue as I am. Maybe even the resting!

I have quite a few things I want to share over the coming weeks but the biggest one is that my dear friend Alana (aka Wolf and Word) has graciously agreed to host August Moon this year! I am so excited about this, mainly because I know Alana will do an AMAZING job but also because this frees me up to pursue the aforementioned September deadline.

Please do visit Alana's August Moon page for more information the beautiful theme she has chosen and how to play along. I've signed up and can't wait to savour some wolf magic this next new moon!

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