Hello and welcome to the last day of August. The sun is shining and the sky is blue where I am right now in East Yorkshire, so it’s looking as if summer hasn’t quite finished with us yet. (Fingers crossed!)
As you can see, I’ve faffed around with the website again, and have changed the theme. I really loved the last one, but readers of my last blog post will know that there were a few niggles with it that just kept bugging me. I tried to live with it, but in the end I had to admit defeat.
To be honest, there’s a couple of things about this theme that bug me, too, so goodness knows how long I’ll keep it like this. My problem is I faff far too much. I’m well aware that it’s all part of my fiendish plan to procrastinate – any distraction from the work-in-progress is a good thing, in my eyes, at the moment.
Trouble is, I have loads I have to be doing. I’ve got work of my own to proofread, other people’s work to beta read, and a million and one things to be getting on with in my personal life – not to mention the little problem of two Christmas novels that have to be finished. Time is running out, yet here I am sitting at my desk, messing about with WordPress themes. I never learn.
Basically, I have a self-imposed deadline of 8th September to finish writing the first of the Christmas books. That leaves me just eight days! Yikes! After that, it’s going off to the beta-readers, then back to me for more work, then off to the editor and proofreader for the end of September. So, you see, I’m really not joking when I say I shouldn’t be faffing.
You know that old joke “I’m just going to get on with this and not be distracted and….oh look, a squirrel!” Well, that was literally me the other day. I was sitting at my desk and I made the mistake of glancing up and looking out of the window over the garden. A sudden movement caught my eye, and I realised there was a squirrel sitting on top of the fence. Honestly, you’d think I’d never seen a squirrel before. I watched it running along the gate, then jump onto next door’s shed roof, and I grabbed
my phone and took some blurry photos of it, as if it was some amazing mythical creature that I’d never actually believed existed. I stood looking out of that window for ages, and all the time I was thinking, “You should be writing!” Yesterday, and I kid you not, I had to stop work because two cats were prowling along the fence. Cats! Yeah, because they’re as rare as pink unicorns around here.
I’ve sat down and worked out that I have around fourteen scenes left to write, and eight days to do them in. It’s doable, right? I mean, it really is, isn’t it? I just have to sit down, concentrate on my work, stay off social media, avoid thinking about my blog and don’t look out of the window. Oh my gosh! A butterfly!
Have a great week. 🙂