Wednesday 11 October 2023: Reading and writing

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I was up bright and early yesterday, getting up when the poet left for work. Before breakfast I played one of my side hustle games. Over breakfast I read more of Write Novels Fast. By 10am, I was at my desk and working on The Secret of Whitehorse Farm, watching Jessica Brody’s course on writing a novel in 15 beats for revision, and jotting things down in my A5 journal.

At 11am I was ready and waiting for the People’s Friend writing hour on Twitter/X. While I joined in with that, I finished yesterday’s blog post and posted it, and I started today’s blog post.

I did a bit more brainstorming for A Winter Promise and I finished the outline for The Mucky Duck. Then I realised I don’t have anywhere to send The Mucky Duck at the moment, as I’ve opted out of 12 Stories in 12 Months until the new year. I’d sooner spend time this week and next working on stories that need to be somewhere by the end of the month. So The Mucky Duck was consigned to the ‘some day’ stack, with a gazillion others…

A few hours later I remembered that The Mucky Duck has actually been earmarked for the next issue of Words Worth Reading, so once I’ve done everything that has to be done by the end of this month, I’ll allocate time to that again so that I’m not doing everything at the last minute… again.

The rest of the day was dedicated to editing the author’s additions for the Vietnam book. I don’t really have much else to say about that, so short n sweet this time. During some quiet time, I also started dipping into How to Write a Cozy Mystery by Nina Harrington. The way The Secret of Whitehorse Farm is going so far, it might just make the ideal cosy.

Here are today’s jobs:

  • today’s blog post
  • The Secret of Whitehorse Farm NaNoWriMo project (novella)
  • A Winter Promise call for submissions (short story)
  • the Vietnam book
  • weekly tech scan
  • The Fool planning (novella)
  • awaiting a tradesman to come and fix a door

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