Having taken so many weeks off over January, I’d better have done something. This is the one time of the year where my commitments are mainly my own. So what have I done?
I started book two of the summer duo last summer I finished the first and had one glimpse of an interested publisher. Re-reading that after such a gap was good. Some pretty obvious flaws came out. As I suspected, writing book 2 alongside an unpublished book 1 is very useful as I can make changes to both. Word count to date is 22500 and I should have headspace this first half of 2011 to get quite a bit more done. Then it will have to sit until Jan 2012 at the earliest. In the meantime, can I get someone interested in book 1? Hmmm…
The other project of course is the PhD. While I was in Canberra, I had some great feedback from my supervisor at UC. What luxury, to have someone who has to read your stuff and make useful comments! With such guidance, surely a Good Thing will result? I have to seize the opportunity while it’s there because it won’t happen again. I’ll get back to this WIP in the second half of the year and focus on my research proposal in the first half.
But, as always when you have time to think about what you’re spending so much energy on, the Writer’s Black Dog slinks out of the bush to grab you by the ankle. He whispers things like ‘you’ll never publish this’ and sometimes I believe him. But if a writer doesn’t keep writing then they’re just a shell. So, Dog, back into the flooded bush lands you go. I’ve got a story to write.