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March 2011

appetite for distraction … it’s all for the art…

So today – as happens every other day – I was going to spend a big chunk of time really getting some writing done. I thought I would aim for 5000 words of my first draft. yes, 5000, I thought, I have done this before. I can do it again. Once I even wrote 10,000. It took me two days to recover but I did it. So it started well with cup of tea and notes from yesterday and note scribbling for today and a bit of blankly staring at the current word doc thinking about what to go on with  next.

I did write a scene. I think it might even be not too bad and it will get slotted into the book somewhere. (I am at present trying a new first draft writing style, which involves more organic writing rather than trying to keep to a lineal plot line. Seems to be working. So far.)

Then there was lunch. Smoked salmon, some kind of cheese. Capers. you know. blah. blah. But while eating lunch the problem started. I thought I would check Twitter. Even knowing this is the road to doom, that the great black hole of procrastination was staring me in the face, howling that I was about to be gobbled up by it, I wasn’t disuaded. I was oddly convinced I could stop.

Clearly I have no self-control. No will power and am going a bit deaf . I went from Twitter, to a Chelsea Lately website, to You Tube. Which as all writers know, is known as the death of anything coherent.

I was there for 2 hours.

I am not proud of this.

But I managed to switch it off. Probably because my husband came home and in a panic to look as if I had been working I lost the site I was looking at. (must use favourites!) So I have gotten back into the writing and gone to work on another scene. It’s coming along.

I have however missed my step class and will have to resort to drinking to get through the evening. So, if you ever do run into a writer at any bookshop, festival or rehab reception, refrain from commenting on their ever expanding bottom or the fact they may be drinking wine at 10 in the morning.

We have to you see. It’s all for the art.

Fringe Fanatic and that other show……

So I’ve been trying to write alot these days on the third installment of my fantasy series while waiting for Equinox to come back from the editors and have been getting distracted by the fabulous show Fringe. You know what I’m talking about don’t you??? All the twisted science, the Observers and Fauxlivia etc….

 LOVE it and can’t wait for more….

    and then there’s that other show……. see  eye ball achingly pretty picture below….

which I’ve been putting off watching due to the extreme distraction factor of that one… but I am weakening, I can hear Season 5 calling me like a siren. I’m sure Rosie B would love Supernatural.

Clearly there are many fine reasons to love this show – and I’m not just talking about the eye candy. I love the mythology and painful ties of the  brothers’ relationship. Great writing.

These are two of my very favourite shows at the moment. What are your recommendations?

In more bookish news: Just finished: Where Angels Fear to Tread – EM Forster’s first novel. Currently reading: Clockwork Angel by Cass Clare (no spoilers!) and Mind of my Mind by Octavia Butler.

oh and then there’s that OTHER show…..seriously people how am I supposed to get ANY work done!

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