I’m now four weeks into a full-time contract that lasts until 31 March 2013. I haven’t worked full-time for over 20 years and I’m more tired and grouchy than normal as a result. I’m working for the local authority, managing a service for schools, and although there is a lot of pressure, I’m not actually stressed. Something of the writer enables me to schedule activities into a reasonable timetable and put off until later those tasks that are not a priority.
I’m also pleased that I’m managing to keep writing. I get up early each morning and write at least 500 words. It means the pace is slower than usual in writing the first draft of a new novel but at least I’m moving forward. This time I’m tackling a story about first time mums. My manuscript titled ‘Manipulation’ is again abandoned in a drawer. When the feedback came from the reader with the Romantic Novelists’ Association, I gave up all hope of turning this into something marketable. According to the report, the writing is definitely not of the romantic genre and I should think about turning it into a psychological thriller! I take the point, I was never convinced it was a traditional romantic novel, but I’ve got no intention of doing any more work on it. Tra-lah, I’ll have better luck with the new project, I hope.
The idea of running a competition was met with some enthusiasm. I didn’t get the full ten comments but enough to think it’s worth doing. I’ll get onto it when I have a minute!
Along with other activities, my home life is also changing at a pace with my daughter now away at university and my son enjoying his parents’ undivided attention. Relationships are funny, the way everything shifts now that there are only three of us at home. My husband has decided to cook most evenings to save me the trouble and I’m now stuck doing the ironing. I had paid my daughter to do it for the last three years but my son is not so keen to accept the job. Instead, he’s doing the wood-chopping – a very good job indeed, with the nights drawing in and the winter approaching.
Have you noticed your routines changing lately?