Happy Canada Day to my Canadian friends
Happy 4th July to my American friends
A day of celebration, family time and relaxation (hopefully).
I took the opportunity of a three day weekend to do some chores (I know but I did relax as well). My list included a closet clear out & donation to thrift store, clear away all my filing (larger job than expected) and a bottle depot trip and recycling center trip with a stack of cardboard. It is always satisfying to complete chores that seem to pile up unnoticed for some time.
My friend, Linda and I watched the local Canada Day parade from the comfort of our deck and cheered loudly for friends floats and more. And later watched the fireworks. I also visited a friend recovering from a hip operation and my daughter for a short time. And finished one book and am now on the sequel.
All in all a great weekend.
What did you get up to?
Have you ever experienced something that just could not be logically explained?
This event happened when I was about nine or ten years old. My father was driving the car with my mother in the front seat and my three siblings and I in the back seat. (Years before seat belts!) We were driving across Bucklebury Common, a familiar place to us all as we lived nearby.
There appeared an object in the clear blue sky that we thought at first was an plane. However, as it drew closer we could all see it was oval in shape, had a dark coloured exterior and did not reflect the sunlight.
My father slowed the car down (there were no other cars on the road) so he could see better and we all stared at the object, which just hung in the air – not moving up or down or in either direction – just perfectly still.
We are convinced it was a UFO but have no way of proving it as my father did not have his camera with him and it was decades before cell phones were invented.
To this day I sometimes reflect on that experience. The object disappeared as quickly as it had come into view, seemingly in the blink of an eye – surely not a conventional mode of human transport.
Have you had an unexplained event? Why not share in the comments?
Due to a dreadful constant cough my energy has been at a low ebb so writing has taken a back seat as I try to get better. It is the worse possible timing over the festive season. Hopefully as I gradually get better my writing Muse will return.
Books: The men are in Spain and the war is affecting them, as it would. Back home things have changed but stayed the same. Relationships are strained and letters are infrequent. Beautiful writing and character development.
Christmas books have been added to my pile – 300 writing prompts and Sleeping Beauties. Now to consider which King book to read first as I still have 11/22/63 to start. I admit Beauties is calling me.
What books did you get for Christmas?
Holiday’s tend to reek havoc on our writing schedule but there are ways of grabbing writing time.
Keep track of the number of words you write instead of how long you wrote.
Relax your normal rigorous writing timetable – take time to chill and observe.
Make the most of “un-scheduled” time – waiting for a flight, children’s rehearsals, a break for coffee during shopping.
Wake up earlier (or stay up later) than usual to ensure that you spend some time writing.
How do you find time to writing during the holidays?
On Saturday I attended the last of my publishers events for the year. It was a packed venue, with numerous vendors and their fare. There were Christmas themed items of course and a plethora of gift buying possibilities. Although the day (a longer one than usual 9 am – 5 pm) was not too busy we did sell books and I even managed to write an additional 550 words on my YA novella while at this event.
It got me thinking about the ‘odd’ places I have written, including soccer games and practice, gymnastic classes, in hotel rooms on road trips, coffee shops and even on a plane.
Where is the most unusual place you have ,managed to write?
The war has started in this narrative and two of the characters are now stationed in England – parts of which are very familiar to me as I used to live near them. It gives me a greater sense of place I feel.
Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly. Once you start spelling words in dialogue phonetically and loading the page with apostrophes, you won’t be able to stop.
If you’re using a computer, always safeguard new text with a memory stick.
(My tip set the auto save on your word document – it saves heartache. Believe me.)
Do back exercises. Pain is distracting.
I have searched the adverts and events pages and alas have found no events locally for me to share. I attended one event last Saturday, which was my publishers last event of this year. (I will be reporting on Wednesday on this event).
So please if you do have an event you would like to share please do.
In the meantime a Merry Christmas to all my followers and a spectacular writing year in 2018!
I will post my 2018 schedule at the end of December but a gentle reminder that I am looking for authors and writers to interview, promote and link to during the year. So if you have a book launch, a signing/event, would like to be interviewed then please contact me through the form via the Media Kit page on this blog.
I’m looking forward to getting to know you and your writing in 2018.