I have been a bad blogger.
I haven't updated for 10 days.
I've also only written 2,043 new words of my novel.
Considering I'm supposed to write at least 500 words a day to hit my target of completing the first draft by 6th June (exactly 5 months after typing the first word) I'm not doing well - just a measely 204 words a day average for the last week and a half.
But I have an excuse.
I've been busy!
There was the short story book launch I went to last Wednesday, then drinks in the bar of the Grand Hotel on Friday, then a wedding reception on Saturday, then cinema on Monday, then a Flash Fiction event with Leigh yesterday (more on that later) and well, here we are on Wednesday again.
Time does indeed fly when you're having fun, but I'm not going to feel guilty about it.
For a start I promised myself that I wasn't going to be hermit-like when I wrote this novel (unlike novel 1 when I wrote nearly every night and completely knackered myself by the time I'd finished the first draft 3 months and 3 weeks later!) and it's good to get out and experience life or you've got nothing to write about.
And there's the fact I've still got 10 days to get to my end of January target (26,000 words) so that's only 600 odd words a day instead of 500.
So it's do-able, I've written more than 20,000 words and I'm happy. I haven't got the 'don't care about my characters much' vibe that I had with the old book 2 (which is pretty much why I stopped writing it) and I like how jumping from character to character (I've got 2 characters in 1st person POV and 2 more in third) stops me getting bored with any one story thread. Whether it actually works or not I don't know - but I'm not going to think about that until I finish the first draft and read it through.
So what else?
The first bit of my advance arrived in the post the other day (from the Brazil deal) and very exciting it was too! I couldn't stop looking at my cheque (in case you're interested, your agent writes you a cheque after taking off their cut and any foreign tax/charges that may apply). In fact, so excited was I at the the thought of buying myself some jewellery to commemorate this momentous occasion (and the more down-t0-earth thought about the size of my overdraft that swiftly followed!) I quickly took it to the bank and paid it in.
And then realised that I should have photocopied it first. As a souvenir.
Ah well. I'm sure whatever I buy myself as a memento will do nicely instead of a piece of black and white paper!
My agent got in touch to ask if I'd do a magazine interview (for a new writing magazine that's come out/about to come out) about my experience of finding an agent/getting a publisher etc and I said "Sure!" (am hoping it's one I can do via email rather than face to face so I can think about my answers first!). Anyway, the mag wants to do it in April apparently but we think it would be better if it were published in September/October when my book comes out. Publicity and all that.(God, can't believe I just wrote that. Do pinch me - hard - if I ever start to sound a bit wanky about this whole getting published thing!). So anyway, we'll see what happens with that.
I got my edits from my editor! (should probably have thought about that before brazenly stating I could hit 26,000 words of novel 2 by the end of the month!). On the upside she really hasn't given me all that many to do. I think it's about a page and a half and she told me that her average is about 6 so I should be very pleased. I am! Luckily none of the edits are overly complicated - just to add a bit more description (my weak point!) and some queries about character's motivation to do something or say something. Basically, hopefully, I won't have to sweat over the edits too much (famous last words and all that).
And now it's wayyyyy after bedtime (normal people's bedtimes anyway) so I'll post about the flash fiction event Leigh and I went to the next time I blog. Which won't be in 10 days time.
20,224 / 90,000 words written (22.5%)
P.S. Sorry I didn't get round to commenting on all the comments on my last blog post. But I am very relieved that I'm not the only annoying person in the world that comments on the writerly devices used in TV shows and films! I think it means that writing is well and truly in our blood now - which is a good thing :o)