I can’t believe it has been five days since I have posted anything. That is what happens when life gets busy. Last Wednesday my children and I brought a lost kitten home from school and proceeded to spend the bulk of the week trying to find its owner. The owner finally contacted our vet looking for her and kitty went back to its own home on Friday. She was lovely and sweet and the children and I suspect my husband will miss her.
Saturday I went to see the final Harry Potter. It was the first live action film that I have seen in 3-D and I must say I was not disappointed. I felt the same sort of sorrow return at the end of the film that I had when I read the final book. It is a bit like saying goodbye to a dear old friend.
My six year old son has made his musical début in the school’s production of Oliver. It is a very small school and I was amazed that they managed to fill the hall for three showings over the past two days. The mayor even came to see it on Monday. I had tears in my eyes, the children all did a fabulous job. I think it was certainly a success.
Tomorrow my five year old daughter will be graduating from reception and moving on from the foundation stage. They are doing their own little play as well as getting their certificates in caps and gowns if rumour is correct. I have tissues and fresh batteries for the camera already packed in my bag.
Despite all this, I am still writing. I have been working on two projects mainly and decided to put the rest on the back burner for a little while.
The manuscript in progress is shaping up nicely. I am about a quarter of the way through and am pleased with where it is going. I am not sure whether or not it will still get completed by the end of the summer but at least it is still progressing so that is good. I am still using the Storybook software to track characters and chapters/scenes and am finding it very useful. Perhaps a more organised writer is emerging from this old pantser.
My completed work that I have been editing and rewriting for several months now is also progressing. This however is going in a slightly new direction. I had originally written about 90,000 words and then cut it down to about 75,000 words which I felt was a good size for a YA fantasy novel. The second novel in the series is only at about 50,000 words at the moment but is not completed and is on hold. It was always my intention to make this into a trilogy. I wanted the first book to shine before I completed the second or even started the third. This week as I was reading through it again, I have found a natural ending about halfway through the first book. I have now decided to end the book there and focus on rewriting and including some of the scenes I had originally cut from it. Making the second half a stand alone book and obviously the second in the series, perhaps now I may no longer be writing a trilogy but a series. I think this decision is a good one and will allow for the world to unravel itself to the reader at a better pace and will hopefully help resolve some sections that appeared to have become information dumps.
I know most of my other writer friends have been quite busy this summer too but here is a reminder that there is still time to participate in the July twisted freedom flash fiction challenge if you fancy it and are not too busy.
How are your writing goals shaping up? How do you balance life and writing during busy periods?
- Storybook software is potentially a writer’s best friend. (usaukwoods.wordpress.com)
- YA Novel Challenge (usaukwoods.wordpress.com)