That's probably what my neighbours thought when they walked past the door to my flat this morning.
Because I spent from 10.30am until 2.30pm reading novel 2 aloud.
I completed the copy edits a couple of days ago (yay!) and left the novel to rest so my head could empty a bit before I gave it a final read through to check for errors.
My attention span is absolutely shot at the moment and, as it's particularly hard to read off screen, the only way I could focus and not re-read the same paragraph over and over again was to read my novel aloud. The downside was that it took a lot longer than reading in my head (and I only got halfway through before I ran out of steam) but the upside was I spotted lots of errors and clunky sentences I might otherwise have missed. It's also a great way to spot where your pace flags - you'll know because you'll bored of reading! (luckily I only found one scene like that).
Yesterday I asked Twitter how I could find the motivation to read through my entire novel. I got some great suggestions but, as it turns out, I had the answer all along - pretend you're on Jackanory! I have no idea how old you lot are or whether you remember Jim'll Fix It but, when I was little, I loved Jackanory so much I wrote to Jimmy Saville asking if I could read a story.
He never replied.
I'm pretty sure that novel 2 isn't suitable material for a young audience (it contains sex and bad language for a start!) but putting on voices and generally being a bit over the top really helped get me through 4 hours of reading aloud - it's more tiring than you'd think.
I'm having the weekend off (starting now!) and I'll read the rest on Monday before I send the whole lot back to my editor.
Next week I might write a blog post about how I went about fixing the timeline issues...
Have a great weekend!