This is what I am doing (you know I like bulleted lists, and I have now learned that, generally, they do not have closing punctuation!):
- Writing some new chapters for Faerie, which are coming along very nicely, and which I am pleased with
- Writing some outlines and snippets for The Death of Tom Rawlinson, which has come to a little impasse, and which I am trying to work through
- Reading, and enjoying the freedom of having more than one book on the go at once! Reading 'A Shabby Genteel Story' by Thackeray, rereading Twilight, and trying to finish The Gormenghast Trilogy, which has become a bit boring on account of its being published posthumously despite never having been finished by the author (I'm being kind there - it's actually boring because the story's moved away from the castle, and it was the castle and its inhabitants that I loved - without them the story is very flat)
- Cycling - this week I have done 60 miles already, with another 20 planned for this evening, and 50 tomorrow; I will have done 130 miles by the end of the week, which is a little ridiculous, but bloody brilliant: very, very proud of myself (haven't done it yet though)
- Crocheting, beading, cross-stitching and knitting: four projects on the go: crocheting a blanket for my bed, and to go over my legs to make me look like an old lady when I'm sitting in front of the telly of an evening, working on ... the scarf that I am also knitting for myself, with wool that I could not resist; cross-stitching a simply gorgeous new Christmas and wintry kit, all Victorian and stunning (quite a big and complicated one); beading new jewellery things, which I will probably never really wear, but which I make anyway because I love making beady things
- Diarying and blogging: I have now set up my desk with my printers ready to go and my computer in an easy-to-use position, and all my reference books and inspirational books to hand; my cutey little Polaroid printers are brilliant for getting pictures off the computer and into a diary right quick - digital camera we love, do we not? But wasn't it good when we had actual photographs to look at and thumb through? I miss that. Printing photos is a bit of a pain in the bum, but it's the way it is now, and I'd like to get on with it
|This is the Polaroid Pogo, with Z(ero)Ink. Love it. I have a black one and a red one. Why do I need two? Well, I don't really, but my excuse is that if I'm doing a lot of printing, it's good to use two because they do heat up A LOT.|
I think there are some other things that I'm doing as well, but I can't remember what they are. And there's playing with the kids as well, and homework and all those fun things. (Actually, homework is good fun at the moment, because Thomas and James are both very motivated just now - James has discovered that he's good at drawing and he now loves it, though he hated it a few weeks ago. Thomas has been spurred on to practise drawing as much as possible so that James can't catch up to him and be better! Thomas is enjoying life in Mr Hendra's class VERY much, and is learning maths properly for the first time. Both boys are getting very good at writing and reading, and I just could not be prouder mummy right now. They're amazing. I'm so excited about their futures. Mind you, at the same time I'm desperately trying to encourage them to play with as many of their toys as possible and as often as possible because, bloody hell, already Thomas is saying that he doesn't really want to play as much as he used to and that if he doesn't get any toys for Christmas he's not really bothered! Nooooo! Not yet, I'm not ready for them to start getting serious and mature yet!
So that's a little update of me. I'm enjoying life this week, whilst at the same time, wallowing in a little self-loathing for being rather a lazy sod. I've written here this list of things that I'm doing in my spare time, but I don't actually achieve very much, and do duck out of actually getting down to some hard graft with the writing in particular, in favour of ... writing a blog entry! I'm such a slacker, really I am.
Now I'm off to collect Matthew from playschool. What shall I do with him this afternoon? I did promise that we'd bake some bread (in the bread-maker - didn't I say I was lazy?), so maybe we'll go and get ingredients for that. Banana and walnut bread anyone?