If only we were having a proper summer this year – if only I didn’t have to put the heater on in the conservatory in July to stop my fingers freezing to the keyboard (a slight exaggeration)… I’m not sure what I would have accomplished if the weather had been warmer, but it’s nice to think I could have done something to the garden, to take a not entirely random example as I am sitting here looking out at it and thinking about what it might look like if it hadn’t turned itself into a rather appealing area of woodland. Obviously if I could actually bring myself to de-clutter instead of spending time considering it, I could have been at work on that indoors instead, but let’s just try and return to the real world here, please.
If only the sky were as blue as it is in the picture of Berlin! I don’t think we’ve had a warm spell since that weekend in May when some members of my family and others made a short Christmas-themed movie for the Edinburgh 48 hour film project. Maybe if I started thinking about Christmas now, the weather would improve as if by magic! However, I know from experience that it doesn’t help in other ways to think about Christmas too far ahead. For one thing, it’s too depressing. For another, any Christmas presents I buy this early will undoubtedly be lost well before it’s time to hand them over. I still haven’t found the presents from last year I put in a ‘safe’ place in between preparing to post them to some of our family and actually posting them.
Someone on one of the writers’ forums has already mentioned Christmas, and I suppose it does make a certain amount of sense to plan a publishing schedule well ahead as Christmas does tend to be a good time for writers. I had thought I wouldn’t be able to fit in a Christmas release this year, but if I could finish the edits for my 19th and 20th books by early September… and put off the 1st World War research I need to do for my NaNoWriMo novel until October… and write like mad… I might be able to manage a ‘Quest’ novella before Christmas. I sort of wrapped up the first part of the ‘Quest’ series with the third one, but I have alwsys intended to write another 3 at some point, so a novella might be a good introduction to that. Watch this space to see how much of a state of chaos my life gets into as a result.