Hello everyone, after a long absence I think I’m back.
I have had an unplanned few months away from writing. It was certainly never my intention to just stop, but that is how it played out.
There are a number of reasons that I have not kept this blog up to date recently. The most obvious one is that I have not been writing, and this is a writing blog so for a while I have really had nothing to say.
I have not written for a number of reasons. The first is that I am back at work. Apart from a couple of months in the middle when I briefly returned to work, I have not worked much since March last year. When I was working before I had managed to find a nice balance between working and writing, but since I went back to work in August, that balance had eluded me.
There are several possible reasons for this. The most obvious one is that my job has an almost random-seeming schedule. I do not work a set pattern, I do not have set days off – sometimes I work nights, sometimes I work days, and often I work both in rather quick succession. I have been doing it for over seven years now, and before the pandemic and furlough, my body was used to it. To say that getting back into the swing of it has been a tough transition would definitely be an understatement. I have been back at work for over ten weeks now, and I am only just starting to get used to what had been easy for me. This is why I have not been writing, my days off have been spent exhausted and catching up on sleep. I think I have turned a corner – today is the first time on a trip where I have worked overnight that I have managed to get up and do something with my day – even if it is merely wonder around a mall, go for a swim, do some reading and – finally – do a little more work on the second draft of Still Life.
The second reason is a family illness that I don’t want to talk about in detail on here, but it is definitely a contributing factor.
I am glad that I have found my mojo now and not , say, in December. November is NaNoWriMo, and I really hope to take part, even though at this stage I have no idea about what I am going to write. This is not necessarily a problem, last year I had considered the possibility of not taking part and the concept that became Still Life came to me less than ten days before I started writing it. Hopefully the same will happen again this year.
I do have a couple of options. Still Life is definitely the start of an ongoing series, and I have a number of ideas about a follow-up story, although not enough of a plan yet to start writing it yet unless I put some considerable planning time in before November. Similarly, I want to write a follow-up to The English Hikikomori (tentatively titled Broken People.) There is more to tell about those characters, but again I only have a few ideas and not enough to start writing yet. I have had several ideas about this book – one of them is making it a series of short stories following up what happens to some of the characters, and the other is to tell those same stories but in a combined narrative. Who knows what I will end up deciding?
Because I have not been writing, I have also not been live-streaming. I fully intend to start that again in the next few days, again in the hope of getting myself into some good habits for NaNoWriMo.
Finally, here is a brief update on my projects:
The English Hikikomori – stuck in what feels like an endless sign-off cycle, I need to buckle down and give it the final read through it needs.
Empress Of The Trees – More than 75% written, and I am happy with the chapter breakdown of the rest, I just need to discipline myself to do it! The characters and those ends scenes are constantly in my thoughts at the moment, so hopefully I will resume work on that this year.
Still Life – working on the second draft, I really want to finish that this year so that a friend of mine (who has offered to give me some feedback) can do so.
Project Four – I will start writing this in November when I have decided what it is. Watch this space!
So thanks for reading this, hope to see you on a live-stream soon!
Good luck with your projects,