I am on my eternal quest to make better use of the time available to me and to actually sit down and write. That doesn’t mean beating myself up if I don’t write every day (Alex Gazzola has something interesting to say about that today over on his blog, Mistakes Writers Make) but it does mean trying to ‘up’ the number of hours that I spend writing.
Have you ever tried writing something ‘longer’ at the same time as writing short stories? When I’m focussed on one, I feel guilty or think I should be doing the other one. If I’m writing a short story, I often have an overwhelming urge to swap back to the novel that I’m neglecting but if I’m dallying around with that, then I want to write a short story because I enjoy the buzz of finishing something and sending it off.
‘Torn Between Two Lovers’ springs to mind. Remember that cheesy song by Mary MacGregor?
Anyway, the novel needs more of my time and focus, if it’s ever to get finished, so I have devised a cunning plan. (It’s not that cunning, don’t get too excited):
On Mondays, I am allowed to write a blog post and to work on a short story. But for the rest of the week, I have to get on with my ‘longer work’.
Hmm, we’ll see how that goes.
I’ve also been trying to get to my local library to write. So far, I’ve managed it twice. It’s a small library, there are only 4 computers (all taken this morning when I showed up!!) and, libraries, I have discovered, are not the shhh-quiet places they once were.
This was the conversation this morning, between two members of library staff (positioned at opposite ends of the room).
Phone rings (loudly)
Jill: Hello, Cheakley Library*, Jill speaking, how may I help you? Oh, hello Janet. Right, yes. OK, Janet. (puts phone down). THAT WAS JANET!
Rita: Janet? What did she want?
Jill: She didn’t say. She had someone in front of her.
Phone rings again (loudly)
Jill: Hello Janet!
*names have been changed to protect the innocent.
And so it went on….
Also, it’s quite hard to concentrate when the person on the computer next to you has a bit of a B.O problem. Right, so I need headphones and a peg and I’ll be fine. Any excuse to spend, eh?
I’ve also been taking books out of the library, rather than buying them. One I can highly recommend, which I finished today is Liane Moriarty’s ‘Big Little Lies’. Apparently it’s been made into an award-winning mini series starring Nicole Kidman. You might have seen it – it was on earlier this year in the UK. The novel is set in modern-day Australia and focuses on a primary school and its various factions and cliques. Right from the start you know there’s been a murder but you don’t know until the very end, who’s the victim or the perpetrator. Really unputdownable!
The wedding went well last weekend. Everyone thinks it always rains in Scotland but it never rains when I’m there! And sure enough, at the weekend, it was a bit cold but it was dry and sunny. The good news is, I managed not to break my ankle in my new killer heels (which felt like stilts when I was wearing them. I am used to trudging around in wellies most of the time!).