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Work In Progress

As ever I started off the year with good intentions and I made some initial progress writing and submitting a couple of short stories. Then I turned my attention to my current novel in progress. I had rejoined the Romantic Novelist’s Association New Writer’s Scheme, and my aim was to edit a mostly complete first draft into something I was happy to submit for feedback.  Unfortunately this took a lot longer than I had anticipated. There was a lot to rewrite and some holes in the plot which needed some serious rethinking and which involved large amounts of writing from scratch. The novel is set in my home town, Chester, but takes place during the first few years of World War II. It follows the story of two sisters as they reach adulthood, struggling against the backdrop of war and the difficult relationship they have with each other. By the time I had completed it, it was early August. I was happy with what I had done but was equally as happy to send it off and start work on some

Time Flies!

As you get older there is a common feeling that time passes by more quickly.  Well, it must be true because it seems like only yesterday that we were celebrating Christmas and forming New Year’s resolutions and now its November. Very scary! As ever this year has been a busy one and I’m afraid most of it has distracted me from my writing. Last year was dogged with my own health issues and whilst some of these will be ongoing for the rest of my life, this year more problems were added to the mix in the form of my husband’s health. My husband is self-employed, often working six days a week and he’s alien to the concept of his own ill-health. But in June of this year everything changed and he ended up having two hospital stays over the summer and various appointments both with his doctor and the hospital to find out what is wrong with him. We still haven’t got to the bottom what caused his illness but at least the medication allows him to live a normal life, albeit slower

A New Year

Last year was one of my least productive writing years but I’m not going to beat myself up about it. It was a very traumatic year to live through, and to be honest, I’m just pleased that I made it! Sometimes life comes along and pulls the rug out from under your feet. But you can’t do anything about that except get on with it when it happens. But there are some things you can control in life and I’m determined that 2019 is going to be positive with regard to the things I can control. Number 1 on that list is how much writing I do throughout the year. With a busy life and an illness which brings with it a lot of fatigue, I often find it difficult, not only to find the time to write but the energy. It’s easy to let one day slip by without writing and then another, and before you know it, time has slipped by and you are out of the habit. So this year I’m determined to start off with good habits even if it’s just a few minutes each day. To help me do that I have writ