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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Make A Plan

Hmm, how many of you have made a plan this week?

I used to do it all the time, and it worked very well. Then for no reason I stopped. Skipped a few weeks, then a few more, and before I knew it, I'd dropped the habit. I'm annoyed with myself, as I've proved I'm not as productive. I'm getting back to it this week.

Yesterday, I took myself off to a comfy spot, kicked off my shoes, ordered a pot of tea and a slice of Lemon Drizzle, and jotted down my plans for the next seven days. I wrote everything, that I hope to accomplish this week, in a nice new notebook. It's all down in black and white.

Not just my writing goals though, I've also included my relaxation and exercise too. Even deadlines are written down, such as what day of the week I need to have done stuff by. And thats it.

What I'm going to try and keep in mind is that it's important to stay focused on what's in front of you at any one time.

We'll see how I get on.


Sunday, 17 April 2016

Catching Up!

Love Spring  
I haven't updated my blog for almost a month! Ever since Spring arrived, and the clocks went forward, it's all gone to pot! Why?

Partly because I've been  trying to stick to my new self imposed rules - I must do thirty minutes on my novel before I do any other writing. It's been working, the novel is on the move again, and I'm writing other bits and bobs time permitting. I did have to make some small adjustment though, as it's impossible to commit to writing every single day.

So, what else have I been doing?

What am I reading? Well, a few things, my reading style is the same as my writing style, I'm a butterfly that likes to flit around. So, I've listened to Peter May's Coffin Road  whilst I've been driving, cooking or ironing. It's about a murder in the Outer Hebrides, and it's got a fabulous opening hook in the first sentence.

I'm currently reading Baggy Pants & Bootees by Marilyn Chapman in paperback form which I'm thoroughly enjoying, firstly because it's a time slip story, set in two eras I really love - the 1960's and the 1940's, and secondly because I love the characters. I recently met the author and told her I was a slow reader. Well I am. Slow. Probably because I'm not reading one book at a time.

I'm also enjoying, on my Kindle  The Eternal by Mark Chadbourn more horror than fantasy, it's dark, with non stop action. I'm so loving this story.

And then I'm also Beta reading a novel written by one of my writing buddies. And I can't say very much about that at the moment, other than it's full of werewolves and vampires. So right up my street! You can't beat a good dose of Urban Fantasy.

On my bedside table, I have a couple of non-fiction books I'm dipping in and out of too. Scrivener for Dummies and Legendary Quotations which is a tiny little book, i picked up in a charity shop, which does not name the author, it just says; from Lloyds Bank, but has some fabulous quotes.

Here are two towards the beginning of the book that make me smile.

You know life...it's rather like opening a can of sardines. We are all looking for the key

- Alan Bennett


What is drama but life with the dull bits cut out. 

- Alfred Hitchcock 

So this post is more about reading, than writing, still words, but sometimes, a change is as good as a rest. What are you all reading?

And what are your favourite quotes?  Do share with me, I'm on the lookout for my next audiobook, and paperback reads.