Thursday, 21 November 2013

This time fo realz yo!

Chapter 34 of Sarah Porter's Schooldays is now up. Seriously, it really is. Go and look!

I know it's been a while, and a week late (or 5 months late as some of you buggers are wont to remind me) but real life comes first.

I have no more travel for the rest of the year *fist pump* and am taking my first holiday in three years over the Christmas break - three whole weeks off. My big plans? Stay at home and read, do some writing, maybe veg out and get fat (haha). I am seriously contemplating stocking up on food so I don't have to leave the house at all *sigh*

I'll actually probably spend a lot of time in the forest. I got some new Vibrams and I'm looking forward to wearing them in, exploring and finding some cool places off the beaten track.

Ramble incoming, in 3...2...1...

This chapter was hard. Not necessarily to write, but to edit. It took a long time, much longer than anticipated. Over the last few months my writing has been incredibly fragmented. I have basically been writing whatever and whenever with no thoughts to continuity or structure. Going through everything, I have about seven chapters worth of material (around 150,000 words) written but it is across four stories and often skips entire chapters.

I also have three notebooks worth of scribbles (those annoying little flashes that strike at the strangest of times - usually when I'm trying to go to sleep and end up keeping me awake until the wee hours) that I have to attempt to put together. 

This current chapter had multiple parts written at different times and I had to stitch them together. I don't ever want to have to do that again. The editing process took longer than the writing (and I don't like editing my own stuff at the best of times, but it is necessary, I'll often add another quarter of the chapter's total in editing).

As always, I'm relying a lot on you guys and girls to keep me grounded. I can't thank enough all those people who have written to me to point out errors in what I've already posted. I try and fix them up as soon as I can.

A big thank you to everyone who sends me little snippets as well. I love all the links and images that pop into my inbox.

Thank you also to all those lovely emails concerned for my welfare... you guys *blush* In the future, even if I struggle to write I'll always pop on here, or to my tumblr and keep you updated.

Ah tumblr, the destroyer of time. Not really though, I don't do a huge amount of browsing but more than one little scene, or sometimes just a sentence, has come from there (usually from the most unlikely sources). So I started my own and am using it as kind of a repository of inspiration and just stuff that I like. I've only just got the hang of messages there though, so if you've sent one through and I've not answered (or it seems like I haven't), you can send it again - I will answer privately unless I decide its pertinent not to.

And that's about it. Hoepfully updates will be a little more regular but I just don't know. I am still piecing everything together and my life, though a little more settled, has a lot of uncertainty (things I hope come to fruition and others I don't).

So, enjoy (hopefully).

Monday, 11 November 2013

Opportunity and Adventure

Where's the bloody chapters?

Yes, well may you ask. A chapter shall be posted this week, and hopefully another the week after that and then a steady stream towards the end of the year. I have just returned from my final trip of the year, so I now get to spend as much time at home, squirrelled away in my little slice of the world, as I like.

In the meantime I have been dabbling in tumblr. You can check it out at Opportunity & Adventure. It's just going to be a collection of things that I like, that pique my interest or that I spot around the place. Just starting out here but over time it will grow and maybe give you guys and girls a little insight into what tickles the fancy of my muse.

If you see anything you think I'd like, let me know and it might just make it's way up.