Wednesday, 6 December 2017

IWSG - Degrees of failure

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Thanks as ever to Alex J. Cavanaugh

IWSG Day Question: As you look back on 2017, with all its successes and failures, if you could backtrack, what would you do differently?

Somehow we have found ourselves at the last IWSG posting of 2017. Like most of us I have been reflecting on the past year's writing achievements, disappointments and frustrations. I went back and read last December's post, hoping that would help me focus and see how far I've come with my writing this year.  Sadly, it just made me feel more of a failure *sigh.*

I don't feel I've moved forward all that much, I've been working on my WIP, reworking an old one and sending it out on submission as well as continuing to sub another manuscript. Despite some positive feedback and interest from a couple of agents, to date it hasn't gone any further.

I had hoped to finish the first draft of my current WIP by December so that I could begin editing and re-writes in the new year . . . well, guess what? I failed with a capital F! Various life issues got in the way and I've been feeling a bit run down, writing just had to take a back seat.  I am hoping that I can press on with it though . . . it will get finished!

If I could do anything differently it might be to have focused more on my WIP over the summer instead of getting side-tracked with reworking an old story. However, if I'd done that then that old manuscript wouldn't be in such good shape. I guess you just have to go with what feels right at the time. 

Trouble is, another year has slipped by and I feel like I'm trying to run up a slippery slope. 

Could 2018 be the year I finally start to make a career with my writing.? I hope so. I'll keep on working, writing and believing.

Friday, 10 November 2017

Celebrate the small things

Thanks to Lexa and her lovely co-hosts
            L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge 
       Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog

A month seems to have somehow slipped by since I posted for this fun and simple blog hop!  Sometimes I think we focus way too much on the negatives so this is a great way to counteract that and remember all those little things that often get lost or forgotten - a kind of hug for the soul. Therefore, I'd like to celebrate and give a little high five to the following things that have happened recently.

* Last weekend we met with the company we are using to supply the marquee for our daughter's wedding in 2019. It may seem like a while off but the best companies get booked up so earlier that we need to get ahead on things! Anyway, having a site visit and chatting about the options made things a lot clearer for us all. We have also had a successful initial meeting with the caterers and they have some great ideas for food choices, so, all in all, we have lots to think about and plan now, just need to keep on saving up! If you've ever been involved with a wedding you probably know how expensive things can be even though we aren't planning anything too lavish!

* We decided we needed to give our living room a refresh. We started to look at the room in a different way and began moving furniture around . . . and well it is amazing what a difference it made! We took down some pictures that had been hanging in the same place for years and swapped them with some others from around the house. We got rid of a rug that we have had since the girls were small and moved the TV to the other side of the room, de-cluttered a few things and finally, we painted the walls a light and airy cream. It looks and feels so different but we would like to get a new sofa to complete the transformation as ours is quite saggy in places now! (Much like me I guess!!)

* The woodpecker has been spending a lot of time in the garden. I think it is enjoying the fallen apples. It's cheery red head bobbing around the lawn always makes me smile.

* The cold, dark evenings make me want to close the curtains and light some candles. I love lighting my scented candles as it makes it feel so cosy.

* I managed to put together a couple of submissions this week. I like knowing that I have writing out there and being considered. You never knew where it may lead.

Well, that's my little list this week, hope you have a lovely weekend and thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017


Thanks as ever to our host Alex and this month's co-hosts: Tonja Drecker, Diane Burton,  MJ Fifieldand Rebecca Douglass

IWSG Day Question: Win or not, do you usually finish your NaNo project? Have any of them gone on to be published?

I have never taken part in NaNo so this one is not really relevant to me! Having to produce a set number of words in a short time just wouldn't work for me and my writing style at present.

Following on from this question, I am happy to report that work continues on my first draft and I am about three quarters of the way through. I would like to finish it by early December so that I can let it rest a bit over the festive period and then dive back into the editing and re-write in the New Year. 

Easy right? 

The fact is I am feeling anxious about it. My writing is a little sporadic at the moment which means I struggle to get back into the flow of the plot when I go back to the manuscript. However, I do have a plan that will hopefully allow me to schedule some regular writing time. Wish me luck!

Best of luck to anyone taking part in NaNo this month, may the words flow for us all.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Celebrate the small things

I'm glad it's Friday, it seems to have been an extra busy week at work and I've felt quite exhausted by the end of the day! This is why I didn't post for IWSG on Wednesday as I don't like posting if I know I can't return comments or visit others. 

Anyway, time to focus on some good things that happened or I'm hoping will happen in the next couple of days.

* I've seen a couple of beautiful sunsets this week. This one was on my walk last night.

The Harvest moon was amazing too but unfortunately I only had my phone with me so the photos didn't do it justice!

* Added a few hundred words to my current ms. Slowly, slowly we will get there!

* Getting back into Strictly . . . love the dancing and sparkle!

* Looking forward to attending a local literary festival tomorrow. Hoping to enjoy a bookish day.

Wishing you all a happy weekend

Thanks to Lexa and her lovely co-hosts
            L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge 
       Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog

Friday, 22 September 2017

Celebrate the small things

It has been a while since I posted for the celebrations hop. My blogging over the summer has been a little erratic and life has been busy, but this is a hop I enjoy posting for so thought I would drop back in.  I like to look at the positives so taking time to reflect and remember the little things that made me smile is important!

  • I did a two day first aid course for work this week. It was very intense but was good to refresh my skills. Never know when we might need it.
  • Started wearing socks again. Weather is cooler and I hate cold feet!
  • I've not managed any writing but have done some thinking and pondering which counts right?
  • The woodpecker has been visiting the garden this week. I love to see him pecking away at the insects on the lawn.
  • I am going to a Wedding Fayre with my eldest daughter this weekend. She is getting married in 2019 so we thought we would go along and get some ideas and hopefully have some fun.
  • Our youngest daughter is 22 on Sunday. We haven't spent a birthday with her for three years as she was away at university so will be nice to be able to have a meal and celebrate together.
Wishing you all a happy weekend

Thanks to Lexa and her lovely co-hosts
            L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge 
       Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

IWSG (Sept)

The first Wednesday of the month means it's  Insecure Writer's Support Day. 

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Thanks as ever to our host Alex J. Cavanaugh

Co-Hosts this month:

I am working on a first draft at the moment and I am reasonably happy with how it is going. I'm at the midway point which can cause a few problems, last week procrastination kicked in! You know the feeling, the sudden urge to sort your sock drawer or bake a cake! Not helpful as I wanted to write as much as possible before I started back at the day job in school last Monday. Frustrating, but I am sure I will work through. 

This month's question: Have you ever surprised yourself with your writing? 

I am frequently surprised by my writing! The slew of sub-conscious thoughts and ideas that somehow find their way into a coherent story and those characters that decides to 'do' something I wasn't expecting . . . it's a roller coaster ride of emotions and surprises! 

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Summer catch-up

I've been taking a short break from blogging over the summer holidays but thought it was time I dropped back in and updated the blog with what's been happening in my world of late!

Hubby and I have just returned from a week on the beautiful  island of Sicily. Our first visit there but hopefully not our last. My late aunt used to spend a lot of time there and I heard her talking about it throughout my childhood and beyond. I have inherited several pieces of pottery, glass and jewellery that she bought there over the years. It is somewhere I have wanted to visit for a while, especially since she died. Anyway, I finally made it! I only spent a week there but I can certainly see why she loved it so much. Here are just a view images.
Mt Etna
standing on a volcano is spectacular!
Greek theatre - we watched an opera here one evening

the beautiful sea
sometimes you felt on top of the world!
a little wine tasting was involved!
the colour of the sea was amazing

I've also had two lots of friends staying. It was lovely to catch up with them and hear all their news. It also means we tend to go out and visit places near us that we don't often go! Sometimes easy to miss the things on our own doorstep!

Kynance Cove

Gunwalloe Cove - Poldark country!

I went to Plymouth for a couple of days to see the spectacular firework display they hold there. We also had time for a visit to the Plymouth Gin Distillery!

so many different bottles!
these particularly caught my eye - can you tell why?!

We also took a short family trip to London, which was wonderful and very tiring! Lots of walking and sightseeing, but great fun.

I have been writing and have managed to add words to my current manuscript. The first draft is coming along nicely. Hope to get more done before I go back to the day job in just under two weeks time. 

So, that's my summer in a nutshell! What has everyone been up to? I'll try and visit some blogs this week and find out.