List-maker extraordinary

This has been another of these weekends when I’ve had to make a list of all the things I have to do, so that I can tick them off once they’re done and I have a fighting chance of prioritising them in case I don’t know where to start – a classical procrastination tactic. This time it has become more evident than ever that I am in danger of spending as much time on my committee activities as I do on my actual paid job, and probably more than I do on my writing. However, not only have I managed to make a start on the novel I mentioned in my previous blog post, but today I’ve written an additional 1,100 words of it as part of Camp NaNoWriMo, which takes place this month.


I should probably mention that it’s ok to start beforehand with Camp NaNoWriMo although it isn’t with the main NaNoWriMo in November, but you don’t count the words you’ve already written in your Camp total. And you also set your own word count target. I’ve set mine to 30,000 words (1,000 words a day) although I think last time I managed 40,000,

For some reason, although I don’t usually respond well to direction from outside myself, I do usually get on quite well with NaNoWriMo targets, and the knowledge that I can write 30,000 or 40,000 or 50,000 words in a month if I set my mind to it gives me a lot of confidence when I’m staring at that first blank page.

Something that is looming quite large on my task list at the moment, as well as the arrangements for a trip to Alton Towers in mid-April and some mass emailing on behalf of a local committee, is  the fact that I have volunteered to set up an authors’ event, due to happen in May. There may be more on that later.

In the meantime, here are a couple of  links to other things that might interest you:

My family history page on this blog, with stories about two ‘outliers’ who don’t quite fit the mould: A Very Scottish Family

The Self Publishing Fantasy Blog Off (SPFBO) finalists’ page with an entry for my son Alex’s book ‘The War of Undoing’: SPFBO finalists

I also have a Goodreads profile under my pen-name Cecilia Peartree, where you can find out what I’ve been reading, although I’m not obsessive about recording this kind of thing and go through phases of not posting anything much there. However if you are interested you’ll get some clues about the setting for my current novel-in-progress in my recent reading material.

This reminds me to mention that I also have a Pinterest account under the name Sheila Perry, and occasionally while away my time building up pinboards for my novels.

And finally, the mandatory cat picture…


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