Tag Archive: YA Writing


Holding On

Wow, I didn’t realise it had been so long since I had blogged. I am a week out, thought it was only two but it’s three.

In those three weeks, I have finished the run of the play I was doing and gotten stuck back into work. Other great news is I’m starting to get books to review sent to me which for me is huge news. On the down side I’m still no better at the whole house work thing.

As for the ridiculous deadline I set for myself, well that went out the window. I was really committing to too many things. Not good. It has also got to be said that if I tried to stick the end result would be terrible and this project means too much to me.

In the mean time though I did hit a different deadline, another short story comp. I ended up writing something quite different for me, I’m more into fantasy than sci-fi but somehow I ended up writing this with bigger sci-fi themes. I was quite happy with my end result and hubby wants to know what happens next. I think that is a good sign.

So in between work, trying not to be a pain to my family and the review site I am still getting writing done. I cannot wait for the day I get paid for writing but in the meantime life goes on and I keep holding on to hope.

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Refocus and New Start

This week has been really tough. My baby went in for surgery, and I had opening night for a play I was really having trouble finding the character I was supposed to be playing. I knew why I was having trouble but I couldn’t seem to find my way around it, until last night. Thankfully opening night hit and though I was tired and just wasn’t sure how it would work I hit it and hit it hard. I found her and the director was very happy with my portrayal. Cue big sigh of relief.

My baby is doing pretty well post op, just thought I should add that.

Now onto my topic for today – refocus.

I know what I want to do, I’m just not sure how I’m going to quite get there. Before I start refocusing on my writing I think I probably need to start somewhere completely different. I need to clean up my office, that really is to say I need to do all my folding. I’ve got weeks worth of clean clothes to put away. Sometimes this housework thing really gets on top of me. I try but I find it so difficult to keep up with it. It is really ridiculous.

Once I’ve done that I’m hoping to feel a bit more something; organised or focused or even just that I’m capable of doing something. Then I can get my teeth stuck into some writing. I have my YA project to finish and I’m setting myself a totally unreasonable deadline in order to focus myself on it. Let’s face it though last time I set myself what I thought was a pretty difficult target I hit it and did it quite well. Also there is a couple of short story ideas floating around in the back of my head. I may put my headphones on at the theatre tonight and try an get some writing done. Of course if that fails all is not lost because there is always plenty of reading to do, I’m half way through a few books that I really must get done. The reviews wont wait forever.

So now I have a plan, all I need to do it avoid the playstation and stop procrastinating about the laundry.

What A Week

I was back at work this week. It was interesting, in no small part because they announced the closure of so many stores, we survived this cut thankfully.

We are getting bits and pieces of stock in which is good, and there were several new titles for me to get my hands on, which was good for me.

Writing this week has been a little hard. Not least in part because I’m in a reading mood and I’m so focussed on my kids site. Truthfully I love my kids site, I’m having so much fun working on it and writing my reviews. I also have a few different ideas for this site that I’m working on and it’s getting some decent results already.

Other work news. I’m really happy with my new idea for work as well. I came up with the idea of doing visual displays for each of the sections in my department and the boss said yes that was fine. To be honest I was pretty surprised and I’m not sure he knows quite what I mean, but he’ll find out pretty soon, the first one is well on its way. And so is part of the second, I have spent time this weekend with my girls doing paper mache, I’m making a helmet and I thought they have fun making some masks. I really hope I can pull these displays off.

On to writing. A lot of what I’ve written this week has been reviews and emails, though I have managed to do a bit of my YA project and I want to devote more time to it, I guess though that I’m a little over committed. At least I’m having fun. I just need to make sure I effectively manage my time between my pursuits and my children. They are ever so patient with me and my drive to read and write. I am truly blessed to have the kids I’ve got.

The other thing I need to do this week is look at all the competition information I have and figure out which ones I want to submit something to and what I’m going to submit. Even more things I want to fit into my full week, because some haven’t even been written yet.

On the upside at least I found time today to learn my lines for the play I’m rehearsing, probably about time as it’s not too long until we open.

End Of Holidays

This has been a great two weeks off. It was wonderful to spend time like I have with my girls and be a little more involved in their school lives. I’ve really enjoyed it. Of course I have a really good idea (don’t we all think that about our own ideas) but so far no-one has got back to me in a positive way about it. I think after so much success with the book blog this little problem is really bothering me more than it should. I always knew it was a long shot but I’m not going to give up on it. If I don’t act on it someone else will.

The other thing is my writing. I submitted my fantasy novel to Angry Robot this week. A good thing, re-reading over it got me all fired up to work on the sequel.

My YA project is still happening, but it’s a bit of work at the moment. I think it’s hard because part of me doesn’t want to spend too much time in my main character’s head space, I’ve been there, done that, it can be a hard place to be. I’m still very passionate about this project, still really believe that it needs to be written, but putting myself back onto the darkness of my past is sometimes a difficult place to go.

I’m not sure it is helped by the fact I am going back to work this week coming. There is a part of me that just longs for the time I really truly can put all my time into my passions. Don’t get me wrong, I still really love selling books, I just love books but working from home feels so much more satisfying to me.

Hopefully one day. Till then perseverance prevails.

I Still Have A Job

For the moment at least. Though I did find out on wednesday if I get another job and resign I more or less lose my annual leave. How much does that suck – we won’t guarantee your job but if you find another one you lose the holiday pay we owe you. So needless to say I booked my holidays instead. I think I really need them.

I’ve been working on a new project, this one is a bit time sensitive and I’m fired up for it, but in the process other stuff has slipped by the wayside and I’m not so sure that is a good thing, especially when the Writer’s Festival is on next week. I am so looking forward to it. But in usual style for my life things are not so simple. I’ve had this planned for ages and I find out today that hubby is running the sound desk for a concert on saturday night. He swears he told me but I totally don’t remember, last I heard he couldn’t get in touch with anyone about the show. He probably did problem this week has been as bad as last week but for different reasons. Anyway I’ve told him he has to sort out what is happening with the girls because I will definitely be going to the Feast of Words – the ticket has been paid for and like I said earlier I need a break.

I also want to have some of my stuff sorted at least in my head, for the publishing seminar. I know it’s a seminar and won’t get me a publishing deal on the spot but it pays to be ready surely. So I have to focus these next few days, I don’t want to waste the opportunity of listening to some truly awesome authors.

I am going to try and get my head into gear and get some good writing done. It’s all about focus as I often tell my daughter. Next week I will hopefully have some awesome things to write about, not just with my own writing journey.