The last words of my previous blog post were, and I quote, ‘I’m hoping that as part of my writing-life balance, I’ll be updating this blog more frequently. Until then!’
That did not happen. Let’s have a look at why.
- World-build, re-plot and write No One Ever Saved the World by Being Nice. World-built, redid plot twice, and got 50% through No One Ever.
- edit The Last God. Did not even open once.
present a workshop to RWNZ Christchurch about Writer Self-Care.Done! This might have been what saved me.
- work on my writing-life balance Hmm…
- Research for Gentlemen Don’t Murder. Totally forgot about this one.
- Plot Seasonal Stories 2018. Nope!
Not on my list but also happened in June:
- Car breaking down, requiring waiting hours for assistance, an expensive bill, multiple trips to the garage and lots of waiting around.
- Losing five hours of work and three quarters of my picked flowers to a frost.
- Encountering a major plot problem with No One Ever that requires rewriting about 10,000 words and retooling my existing plot (again)
- Car breaking down again, stranding me between house sits with no car and thus no way of transporting my stuff from old house to new house until tomorrow at the soonest.
- Two days of being sick.
I also came down with a bad case of ‘everyone has it worse than me so I shouldn’t say anything-itis’ which did not help anything. I did not even realise how bad I had it until my sister asked if I was free Tuesday and I mentioned the having to walk half an hour between houses thing, and she was all ‘what, why did you not tell me about this, we can help’ and I realised that yes, even when other people have stuff going on, they still care about my stuff which is really stupid, but I managed to forget that–let’s put that down to June.
This June was also gunning really hard for the record of least amount of sunshine hours ever recorded in June in Christchurch–we saw the sun for fourteen hours the first two weeks of June. That’s an hour a day. That’s ridiculous.
What kept me sane during all of this?
My writing friends. In particular, Sera Trevor and Anne Barwell who messaged me throughout my June ordeal, despite both having June ridiculousness of their own to deal with. The RWNZ Chch crew were fantastic too, particularly in their generous sharing of resources to help with writer self-care. And huge thanks to the Word by Word members last week who were kind enough to commiserate on my really awful week (if only we’d known that was the start!).
So far July is going better! Unfortunately, since I did not finish so much stuff in June, it all carries over, along with a side of going to the Marlborough Book Festival. Maybe I can relax in
July goals (I feel silly posting these as I know they’re not all going to happen but…)
- Finish, rewrite and edit No One Ever Saved the World By Being Nice
- Edit The Last God and submit to Tor
- Outline and draft Ibiza Remixed aka Holiday Story 2018!
- Stay on top of competing real-life commitments
To help me make as much progress towards these goals as I possibly can, I’m going to continue to be scarce on social media (ie. Facebook). This wasn’t intentional, but it has been helpful, and if it helps, go with it! I’ve also turned off a few alerts on my phone and switched off my alarm. I live dangerously. Who knows what hour of the morning I may sleep until?