Well as you can see from the big gap between this entry and the last, I wasn’t very successful at achieving that balance I talked about before.
My work got busy again, to the point where writing had to go on the back-burner (again). That was until I decided ‘damn it, I really want to write!’ and my partner got promoted at work, which means I don’t have to work out of necessity anymore. I told all my clients that I’m unavailable for the rest of the year, so I can now spend time with my two little boys and actually do some serious writing.
I haven’t been completely slack on the blogging front though – as I took on a side project indulging my unhealthy appreciation for The Bachelor. I launched bachelorfan.com.au in preparation for the Aussie version which will be starting soon, and I got in some practice by recapping Desiree’s US Bachelorette season.
I am obsessed with Paige Toon at the moment. I’m always on the lookout for great chick-lit and she is now who I aspire to write like. In the past couple of months, I have read her entire back catalogue except for One Perfect Summer, and I’m currently in the middle of The Longest Holiday.
Her books illustrate how to effectively use real locations with fictional events and characters. And I love how realistic she makes everything seem. I do wonder at times if she has borrowed anything from her actual life.
My favourite book though, is Johnny Be Good. I imagine Johnny Jefferson as a blonde Russell Brand – and I loved him despite his very obvious flaws.
Her heroines are very likeable (which is something I need to work on), yet they occasionally make bad decisions. Every story seems to have some sort of love triangle that keeps you guessing right up until the end. And she doesn’t let the reader off easy with an easy solution. It can be quite soul destroying seeing these women go back and forth with two guys that at times can be equally likeable for different reasons.
The best part of her books is that a lot of them are set at least partially in Australia (Paige is half Australian and half English) so she uses a lot of local pop culture and language.
I don’t often go back and read a book twice, but I think I will with a few of these!
Finally some balance! My youngest is now seven months old – wow, hasn’t time flown? And I’ve cut back on the number of web projects I’m taking on so there’s more time for my kids – and writing!
I’ve almost finished the first draft of a screenplay. Don’t ask me why I decided to just up and change direction again, but I think there were several factors involved:
- My writing buddy Natasha sent me one of hers to review and I thought it looked like fun
- I had an idea for a futuristic story a few years back when I visited Melbourne and thought it would suit a visual medium.
- Screenplays only have to be 100 – 120 pages long with huge margins on the page – so less to write!
Well, I’ve been back to work for about six weeks now and it is cra-zy! Trying to juggle a six month old baby, a toddler, a web design business and run a house doesn’t leave much time for writing.
On the upside, I have been getting in a lot of practice by offering copy-writing to my clients. So at least I’m kind of getting paid to write – just not the content I would normally choose.
Following on from the Four Hour Chef, I decided to go back and read the Four Hour Body (it was published at an earlier date). I’m used to Tim’s style now, and enjoyed all the crazy experiments he did on himself to test the best ways to lose fat and gain muscle.
As a new mother, I still have a bit of pregnancy weight to lose. I gained over 20kg with both pregnancies, but thankfully I managed to lose all of it plus a bit more after the first one. However this time I’m not willing to wait for so long to see results.
Well! That was a whirlwind of a week! My maternity leave ended on the 24th, so it was back to work for me. I have no idea how I am going to juggle two kids – especially the four month old – plus keeping our house in order (and I mean just preventing it from turning into a slum), and doing web design. As you may have noticed, writing doesn’t even get a look in, which is extremely depressing.
I also followed some forum dude’s advice and submitted Zen Queen to a bunch of different websites to promote a freebie (I was only going to do one a year but it sounded too good not to try). I’m at the end of Day 2, and so far, there has only been a very small amount of downloads – so it looks like there are more factors needed to achieve the same result I got back at the end of 2011.
It was a bit touch and go there for a while. I had a few days off from writing and lost the incentive to keep going with my manuscript. But then I rallied and got back on track – only to get sidetracked with my previous story – the one I started before NaNoWriMo. I think it was because a new season of The Bachelor started and my other story has a reality TV component to it.