Tis been quite a while since my last entry and in that time I have continued to write up a storm. I start my Masters again in about 9 days after a good 8 months of time off. I am looking forward to getting back into it because it will hopefully feel like I am DOING something with my life, but am also quite concerned about its tendency to chew up all my free time. So I am writing crazily, trying to get a second full manuscript complete. That way I will have two full first drafts languishing in my drawer, waiting for my next opportunity to edit them. I have also been squashing all the episodes of Offspring and The Borgias into my viewing schedule and am nearly finished, again, just in time for Masters. And I’ve been back to work! Am working at two jobs that I used to have, before Borders even, and am liking them just fine 🙂 It’s good to have a little bit more of a routine, though it does chop out a lot of writing time. I have been to the rheumatologist after about 7 weeks on cortisone (in which I have gained a lot of weight…not happy) and she is now slowly weaning me off it to see if my joints can take it. Cross all appendages for me please! I have made a decent dent in my bookcase, trying to get through a sizeable amount of books I own but haven’t read, and have made some nice discoveries in the process. Currently reading the latest Dexter novel and it is suitable witty and gruesome. About to start on the Fables graphic novels, courtesy of my best mate. Also doing a variety show with a bunch of awesome peeps, and trying to fit as much decent sleep into my schedule as life permits. Adios until next time folks!!
So yesterday I actually finished a first draft of my novel. One small keystroke for me, one giant manuscript for my burgeoning career. I’ve organised my bookcase so I have all the books I haven’t read grouped together, and I think I will tackle ‘Floundering’ by Romy Ash next. I’m excited about this because a) Romy Ash is Australian, b) ‘Floundering is a debut novel and c) everyone is loving the crap out of it, so I’m guessing it’s going to be great. I also just recently finished ‘How I Live Now’ by Meg Rosoff which blew my mind to pieces and I am so ashamed I didn’t read it sooner. Now to read everything else she has written. Amazing book. In the meantime I have been watching ‘Game of Thrones’ and whittling my resumé and cover letter into streamlined and (hopefully) more efficient versions of their former selves. There is a truly amazing looking job I have my eye on, so fingers crossed for me please! Last weekend I went to see ‘The Way’, a film by Emilio Estevez with some friends from my church. The film was a great little outing, all about a walk across northern Spain called the Camino de Santiago. It has now been added to my list of stuff to do on my worldwide travels. I’m planning a trip to Japan in April with my Dad to see the cherry blossoms in Kyoto, and this is helping with my cabin fever and the itch to get back overseas. Until next time! xx
Who has two thumbs and 46,000 words on their first draft? Me! *points to self with two thumbs* Over the last few weeks I have managed to stick (95% of the time) to the 2000 word limit a day I have set myself. Some days it is easy, some days it feels like pulling teeth with no anesthetic, but I DO IT ANYWAY. CHYEAH. I have also been back to the rheumatologist and although we still don’t quite know what’s up with my arthritis, the cortisone is working as an excellent painkiller and I have been given the green light to find work…soooooo if anyone out in the blogosphere wants to give me a job, hit me up 🙂 Looking for a job is one of the most soul-crushingly depressing processes, so I am hoping it ain’t too painful this time, but I need money. Working in a library has been a dream of mine for a while now, and it’s the kind of place that could allow me to keep writing on the side… One day. One day.
Also, first rehearsal for a new show last night – the first in a year for me, and it was so much fun. Helped with the cabin fever too! Oh and I have new bookshelves. It looks like there is a library in the corner of my bedroom. It’s amazing. Oh and a new phone! Well, a lovely second hand one that used to belong to the lovely Sean, but its heaps of fun to play with. In the meantime I have been watching Community and going to a couple of events for the Emerging Writer’s Festival.
Yes. Life is good 🙂