A stream of consciousness and a diary snapshot of the missing-from-the-Blog-week!
Day 1 Monday
This week is extremely busy, in addition to work and writing, I need to
pack for a trip, sort travel documents and final things to do before you go list. Detail complicated paperwork & research products and services all dependent on final decisions before the weekend,
buy the perfect birthday card & a Get Well card for a good friend, who is suffering in hospital at the moment,
Purchase a valentine gift that is not chocolate, anything fluffy or tacky or likely to gather dust for the next 12 months!
Oh, and SLEEP! …. Oh and I forgot Pancake Day! Shrove Tuesday.
I share this list with you to mainly make sure I do it! I have printed off a calendar week to view page today to schedule in the writing projects around this stuff.
Day 2 of non-Blog access Tuesday
Today was a BIG day at work for the team. Some of you will have careers where success is measured by a third party and have the kind of jobs where there is always more work to do, endless and infinite possibilities and a scale of finding it hard to believe in your ability to achieve all the points you need in order to be deemed successful. I feel guilty because I am currently working in a diminished role and am not part of the evaluation process as much as I should be, I am trying to support others as best I can and I still feel the strain. The downside of being in my current position is if we are successful they have worked so hard on projects for 12months and will be rewarded and want to celebrate and I will feel like Norman-No-Mates as I have failed to make impact and have missed a large section of the journey.
I was so tired this morning that I was unable to produce any writing before going to work. I was a bag of nerves too and couldn’t get my mind away from the focus on the workday; it feels like I have worked a week already. I read instead, at least this made me feel productive!
This evening I researched writing opportunities and am about to sit down and make a start before dinner. For the 2nd year running I am not having PANCAKES, I used to host an annual Shrove Tuesday Party which involved a quiz and lots of different fillings and toppings and pancakes, for the past 2 yrs I have been home alone and I don’t want to make the batter for more than 1 or 2 pancakes… next year will be different Shrove Tuesday evening will be marked with pancakes or maybe even a party!
I am feeling the polar opposite about my writing, which is a good thing. At the weekend I was really switched off and fed up of it. Now I am rejuvenated and filled with excitement at the prospect of completing my February Writing List. I also found out about another opportunity, it is a competition of sorts, leading to an agent, who knows how many 100’s of 1000’s of entries they will receive, you have to be in it to win it though (so say the National Lottery) I have spent 1 ½ hrs this evening writing, drafting and editing a new Flash fiction, it is only my 2nd attempt at this popular genre. (My 1st attempt is posted here)
I have also spent another 30 mins writing 300 words, just 10% of what I need to achieve by the end of February on my new idea, I have reached a point where I think spinning these plates is too much and I should keep my finger in just one pie…. But variety is the spice of life and I can manage to write in this way, I get satisfaction from opening the February file and seeing lots of documents. Also it helps the universe work with me, last night I drafted the flash fiction, I changed the name of the central characters three times until they sat right, it is amazing how different your writing becomes just by changing a name! Two of the ‘rejected’ names became the names of the two lead characters in my new novel. (Amazing!)
It’s funny that I choose to write this way because I struggle to read more than one book at a time. I used to have to at College. Now, I like to savour each book one at a time now! Speaking of reading I am only on my 2nd book of the month because I chose a turgid non-fiction text that I am getting lots from but have to take time to absorb it. Plus I’m so tired I am falling asleep typing let alone reading!
As far as the checklist this thread started with I have ticked just one thing off… the valentine present. (Purchased last night!)
Day 3 – Wednesday 13th
My partner’s birthday! Happy Birthday Mr G.! I woke up before the alarm, checked in online briefly, grabbed a coffee and sat down to continue writing another 10% on the newest project! (300 wds)
I took a trip into town and ticked off more of the checklist!
Off to work now for the 2nd day of analysis and assessment, lump throat, mind – worry.
Tonight I will be off the laptop and in the real world celebrating with Mr. G and tomorrow I have appointments as well as work and then of course Valentine fun! So Day 4 won’t exist in here!
Day 4 – The day of love, work & appointments!
Fabulous Valentine morning – special heart chocolate cakes and Hot Chocolate for Breakfast in Mr. G’s office! Then 2 appointments and work. Assessments finally over – nice to work in a more relaxed environment. Have just made 1st submission of the month and 3rd of the year.
Now off to exchange V Day gifts with Mr. G and smile lots!
Day 5 Friday – hoping-to-post-on-the-Blog-day!!! ( I made it a day early! ^ )
Pack for a trip, sort travel documents and
final things to do before you go list. Detail complicated paperwork & research products and services all dependent on final decisions before the weekend, buy the perfect birthday card & a Get Well card for a good friend, who is suffering in hospital at the moment, Purchase a valentine gift that is not chocolate, anything fluffy or tacky or likely to gather dust for the next 12 months! Celebrate birthdays, Enjoy Valentines, Attend appointments
SLEEP! …. Oh and I forgot Pancake Day! Shrove Tuesday.