I’ve been slack at providing the promised updates on my writing activities. Fortunately, my negligence means that I can wrap up my last three months’ of updates in a neat, tidy, ‘Spring’ brand package. It’s almost as if I had planned it all along …
“My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whisky.”
– William Faulkner
In a Doctor Who finale full of shocks and surprises, one of the most brutal was the callous despatching of stand-in fangirl Osgood. The horror, the horror! Was it really worth it?
This week’s episode seems to have gone down a storm with fans (at least the ones I know) … but I’m convinced we’ve only been given half the story.
Back at the end of June I made the decision to formally start logging my word counts. Because I know you’ll all be deeply fascinated by this, here’s a post about how I do it.
A quick update on how well I fared with the Morning Shift during August.
So I’ve just totted up the totals for my August writing log (and the blog post on that will follow this week) and it seems to me that a monthly writing update would be a far better idea than a weekly one, as previously threatened. Since I’ve already missed about three planned blog posts since the last one, it also means you’re far more likely to actually get an update.
Anyway, August was going well: you need only look at my last Morning Shift update to find out why and how. Typically, however, things start to go a bit awry at the end of the month: I could feel myself coming down with something during that last week, then my youngest decided he wanted to start getting up at about 6:30am instead of 7:30am. Neither of these factors helped make the mornings particularly productive. In the end I did come down with flu in the first week of September, but that can wait for next month’s update.
Nevertheless, August (and I’m cheekily included the end of July as well) was still a fantastically productive month for me: I wrote over 10,000 words and edited 6,400. Specifically:
- Completed the first draft of a new short story, Needle, at the end of July
- Wrapped up the final draft of another new(ish) short story, The Empty Room) in the first week of August – that’s the 6,404 words of editing
- Wrote the complete first draft of a new short story, Drones, during the rest of the month. That came in at just under 6,000 words.
- Wrote two blog posts
Now let’s see if I can come anywhere near that for September.
Three months later, how am I finding the morning shift?
This is one of those moments where I have a tiny bit more to say than would fit in a tweet, and don’t want to fall into the trap of letting Facebook become my default micro-blogging tool. So here are a few quick thoughts down about the Peter Capaldi’s debut episode of Doctor Who.
After a typically tough wake-up, it feels like things might be settling down. Or is this just the eye of the hurricane?
They say it takes an average of 66 days for a new behaviour to become habit. I’m on day seven. Bugger.