This past week has been one of happy distractions. My Thursday’s Children post was about the importance of friends both in real life and fiction, which was inspired by lunch out with a friend who I hadn’t seen in six months on Tuesday and then a pub lunch in Cheltenham on Wednesday with a writer friend where we spent a lovely few hours talking about our writing, novel ideas and the amount of online opportunities there are these days for writers. On Friday I had another lunch out (I told you they were happy distractions) this time with my Mum before going clothes shopping, and then in the evening I had dinner out with work colleagues.
All that socialising meant time was limited this week but I did manage to work on my new WIP, although I didn’t specifically work on it for 30 minutes a day. A lot of ideas came to me while out walking Frodo and then I spent 2 hours on Thursday working further on the plot and also thinking about suitable names for the main characters.
I sent the formatted version of The Butterfly Storm back to the proofreader last weekend for a final check and I got it back a couple of days ago with the final proofreading edits and suggestions marked up, although I’ve not yet had a chance to go through them – that is a task for this coming week.
As for my ROW80 aim of reading a book a week, I’ve failed miserably. I think I’m a slow reader – well it’s the combination of that and not putting enough time aside for reading. I usually read in bed at night but by that time I’m so tired I don’t manage to stay awake long enough to read much, however, Joanne Phillips‘ novel Can’t Live Without is perfect for the end of a long day and I’ve nearly finished it!