Sunday, May 17, 2009


Stepping down from my soapbox...

With thanks to JT and Cate for spreading the virus around to all bloggers. I've spent the last two days battling with disgusting things trying to escape from my body - and I think the major battles are still to come - joy.

Okay, so maybe my daughter had some influence with me becoming sick, but it sounds better to have been transmitted through cyberspace...don't you think?

I did manage to drag my sorry ass to the computer a couple of times and get some work done. Another assignment went out the door last night, and in an effort to find my 750 word piece for another assignment, I started reading the first draft of AKL. Some of this stuff I haven't read for over six months.

Result: I've written some bits quite passively, other bits are a little slow, but I quite like a lot of it. I know I still have to go back and add in the supernatural clues in the early bits, but that will happen once I finish the first draft. I'll then go back and do the layering.

I was able to do some additions as I read through today, but mainly I started a must remember to do list, like researching a type of wildlife, like renaming ships and characters, like finding loose plot points which need tying up that I'd forgotten about, and a whole bunch of other stuff.

I managed to get through the first 11 chapters. Only 12 more to go. I've earmarked a couple of passages which may be useful for the assignment, but I still haven't gotten to the big action scenes I wrote earlier this year. If worse comes to worse and I start running out of time, I can revert to analysing another authors work - I've read some great stuff recently so this would be the easy option. Still, I'd like to be able to use my own.

Even if I wasn't sick, I'd be working from home tomorrow. I have a huge amount of project reading to do and initial plans to draw up for my real job. So some time of an evening is all I'm left to work with on my writing. I am not a morning person. If only I could win lotto - but lets not open up the writing full time argument again...


Regardless of when, how much, or what you write - I wish you all the very best in your writing endeavours.


  1. I'm beginning to think I had man flu. :) Get well soon.

  2. Sounds like what my whole family had last year. It was a miserable experience, one I don't plan on repeating anytime soon. Hope it doesn't make the rounds in your family. good luck.

  3. Hope you feel better soon. Coughing up internal organs isn't fun.

  4. *Waves a carton of orange juice at the screen*

    Back germs! Back I say!

  5. Cate - my daughter had it, but I think my wife just missed it so it's not totally gender specific.

    Jamie - thx

    JT - And it hurts as well!

    Nat - drink, girl. You don't want this.

  6. Even when you're sick you inspire me to get writing. Hope you're feeling better soon.

    Word verification is NOVEL. Interesting.

  7. Hope you feel better soon, BT!