Hello! Hi! Hey! Hiya!
I’m still here, but as I mentioned last time out (last year, geez) I needed a break. I finished the first draft of the second book of my current trilogy project, and it got a little intense towards the end as I pushed to get it done amongst two jobs.
It got a bit too much and while I wanted to do more short stories and other projects in the meantime, changes in location, lifestyle, working commitments and more made that a bit harder. In short, in November, I packed up and said goodbye to Australia (temporarily, I hope) and started a new adventure in New Zealand.
It’s been five months since then, the job I came for started well but a better opportunity came up that will keep me here until November, so I can enjoy a bit more of a stable life outside of a hostel. It’s meant a lot of change, and whenever I get used to a situation it changes!
That being said, since 2020 began, I’ve managed to dive headfirst into book number three, so that’s positive.
Picking up the pen (figuratively speaking)
I’ve harked on about this time off since finishing the first draft of book two for a while now, and normally I wouldn’t take so long away from writing but I’m also not one to force something that isn’t ready to be done.
In an ideal world, I’d be able to work on projects every day, but jobs take priority, and I like to go on adventures, too. Balancing that is a challenge but one I’ve got better at handling now that things have become a bit more regular.
I’ve also set myself a more realistic goal. I aim for one chapter a week. That means progress will be slow, but I’ll still get to enjoy my time in New Zealand and work/writing won’t suffer. In some cases, I’ll do more when it strikes but this is definitely doable.
Covid-19, holidays and isolation
As we’re all aware, Covid-19 has thrown us into turmoil so far in 2020. It’s a big issue and I was lucky to get back from a two-and-a-half-week holiday in Southeast Asia just before things go worse. I was in self isolation from the office, got three days back and then started to work from home again before a four-week national lockdown began.
I’ll still be working but I also can’t go anywhere. This means I have a chance to get more work done on my book than I thought.
January was a slow month, but February proved much more productive even with this great holiday I enjoyed! March has been a little bit of catching up but I’m almost back to my target just in time for the end of the month.
I’m hoping to get at least two chapters done a week during this isolation period, which will speed things up immensely – and if it goes on longer, then I can get even more done.
I’m trying to stay positive, you see!
Getting through the lock-down
And here we are. In lock down.
Well, I am. I know many other countries are, too, but plenty are not. Wherever you are, I implore you to be safe and keep the vulnerable in mind in whatever you do.
I’ve been thinking of ways to get through this. I have a book to write but other ideas and tasks can mix things up a bit, keep it fresh and interesting. The idea I have is to collate some of the writing tasks I’ve found and use(d) over the years and post them here.
Writing isn’t for everyone, I know, but it’s something that someone, somewhere, might find useful and that makes it worthwhile. This will start next week and if you have any ideas, please get in touch to let me know and I’ll do my best to fit them in.
Until next week, folks, keep safe!