Out here in the world of university, strangely enough, I'm finding this a bit more manageable - with less rigidity in my schedule I'm somewhat more free to balance things to suit me best, rather than having to cram in my disasters around the whims of my temperamental timetable.
If anyone, however, has the slightest interest in having a look at my new home and all the oddments within it, I recently made a video about it on my YouTube channel, suitably entitled A Student's Life For Me!
However, now that I've got things (slightly) more under control, I am intending to get this wee bloggybeast moving again.
Not in the least because it's less than a month until NaNoWriMo . . . and I'm in trouble. Again.
Anyone who knows me will know that, on a scale of one to neurotic, I take the cake, biscuit, and almost every other manner of sugar-coated baked good under the sun when it comes to my need for plot and structure.
Thus, in my three years of NaNo-ing, I have always spent the run-up to the month working on the background, setting and finalising stylistic decisions on an idea I have probably chosen some time in the middle of April. The ensuing 50,000+ words are still about as legible as a dyslexic version of the Rosetta Stone, but, at least, I do normally manage to have a vaguely discernable plot and character arcs.
This year? Not a thing. Then again, this year has been much more hectic for me than most - than any, actually, that I can recall so far.
So, while I have plenty of ideas for NaNo, I have no idea which one I am going to choose to work with. You may advise me to set them all aside and do something else entirely, but sadly my creative spontaneity does not work that fast, and I could not 'pants' a novel even if it were to spare myself an unending eternity drowning in lumpy custard.
However, I have a plan. A fiendishly clever plan.
. . . And you'll have to tune in next week to find out what it is! A warning - it involves a pencil, a sausage roll, a pair of scissors, a packet of tasty cinnamon cereal, and a reprehensible abuse of highlighter pens.
~ Charley R