One of those precious, delicious, productive days where I just cracked on through my to-do list and HARDLY DAYDREAMED AT ALL! Main order of the day was working on the outline of The Stranger Season III (SEASON THREE!!), then the second Fully Fifty-Fifty post. For the moment, Mondays will be articles about the amazing women of early Hollywood, and Fridays will be He Did and He Didn’t, the series re-examining the death of Virginia Rappe and its aftermath.
Finished up a lovely day by heading indoor climbing with a friend, where I discovered that I have been reading the route classifications wrongly for years and am way less rubbish than I thought 🤣
I got to go to a real-life writer event and there were PEOPLE THERE!! Absolutely gorgeous evening at the Edinburgh Writers’ Forum, where I chatted a bit about why I’m so passionate about self-publishing and also introduced the lovely forum members to the existence of the genre of dinosaur porn. Sorry about that. There is honestly nothing lovelier than gatherings of writers, and the first one after a year and a half did not disappoint!
Caught up on emails and admin. Thought about going for a bracing walk. Did not go for a bracing walk.
Wrote the second edition of He Did and He Didn’t, this one outlining how I came to be interested in the case and why I think that the generally accepted view is flawed. It’s been a while since I’ve done any non-fiction writing like this, and my brain is thoroughly enjoying the new challenge. Afterwards headed off to my third aerial hoop class and… it nearly killed me. Oh my goodness whose clever idea was it to spend my Thursday evenings hauling myself into a hoop two metres off the ground, I ask you?!
After the decision to slightly delay Alone in the Dark last week, it seemed like a good idea to give myself a bit of a time out to reconfigure my plans and priorities for the next few months. I feel as though I’m still finding my feet a bit in a post-lockdown world (HOPEFULLY!) As I’ve talked about here, there was a lot of time during the past year and a half when writing anything was a bit of an uphill battle. The film industry was in a mad state of suspended animation, and even books were tricky to plan when there was no way of knowing what life would look like in a few months. So I just kind of wrote what I could when I could and hoped for the best!
Over this summer, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to how I want things to look moving forward — how much time and energy I’ll be spending on the film industry and how best to run my tiny publishing business of one author. I know I can be VERY guilty of getting so excited about a project I massively over-commit myself then run around in a wild panic trying to do a year’s work in a few weeks. So one of my big resolutions is to slow down to do more.
I tell new writers all the time that time spent reading, daydreaming, researching and doodling is all part and parcel of writing work and should not be neglected. And do I schedule in time to do all that myself? Do I heck!
But I have now.
Or at least, I’m trying
We’ll see whether I keep to it!