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I expect you've heard the quote, 'The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray' and you'll probabably know it means, that no matter how well you plan something, always expect the unexpected. Just because you think you've done all you can, there is always that chance that something will happen and mess it up! That is what happened to me this last week.
Remember I said I wanted to do more walking? Well, my intentions were good, Wednesday I had the opportunity for the first of my two planned walks. Albeit, it a brisk urban walk around the outskirts of the city centre. There I was, sun shining down, striding along, feeling happy, when disaster struck. I fell, crashing hard onto the pavement. A long story short, I ended up in Accident and Emergency, to be told that I'd wrecked the ligaments in my ankle, my foot had doubled in size. I could not stand. The Leicester Royal Infirmary were brilliant, the care I received was fantastic, and yes I did have to wait, but I was just glad they were there to help me. Eventually, when I got home, the severity of what had happened earlier dawned on me. There I was, in excruciating pain, unable to walk or do much anything for myself.
Since then, life has been different, I've been almost totally reliant on family and friends. I work full-time, so appointments had to be cancelled, as well as stuff I'd planned to do outside of work, like a theatre trip I've been looking forward to for a while.
Anyway, I did one walk, and it had been good whilst it lasted. My goal of walking more has to be put on hold though, as I'll be off my feet for a while.
My writing plan went well, I continued with edits all week, but I've had problems with Word, a friend thought I might need to reformat the document, but it looks like its something else. So that has been irritating, and I need to get it sorted out. Recording my WIP after editing has really helped, its something I'm going to keep doing during this rewrite. Even after you think you've cut all the crap, once you hear it read back, you cringe, and its much easier to correct. I didn't do the writing group weekly challenge, because I didn't go to the group. I thought about doing a blog post, but the mix of pain and tiredness got to me and I just couldn't concentrate on anything much at all.
What a week!
I'm almost frightened to set my goals this week, I feel quite vulnerable, battered and bruised in the places that made contact with the pavement. However, I have a short list.
Crack on with chapter two rewrite, its going to be tough, because its a mess, and I'm now changing things as I go along so I have a continuity issue I need to deal with too.
I have lots to keep me occupied, including an audio book, Life After Life by Kate Atkinson a plethora of magazines, Structuring Your Novel by K.M Weiland and the Telegraph each day. I am not short of material.
Learn to get around! Thank goodness for a friend who has kindly lent me some. The NHS don't give them out - you have to hire them, or buy them.
That is it. I said it was a short list. I have no idea how the week ahead is going to pan out. At some point I shall have to go to visit my GP, for a 'Fit' note is it?
Did your week go to plan? What do you want to achieve this week? Do let me know, I always try to reply to all comments if possible. Its good to interact, and catch up with like minded folk.
Have a good week.