>… when I re-subscribe to writing magazines again.
Writing Magazine/Writers’ News has an excellent offer on at the moment. I cancelled my sub 4 years ago when it simply got too expensive, but now it’s nearly £10 a year less than it was then. So I’ve set that sub to start from April, with the first quarterly payment coming out mid-March. The newsstand copy of Writing Magazine had the latest Writers’ News attached free (in WH Smiths only, I believe), and it was the news magazine I wanted to see before taking out a subscription again. I’ll be subscribing to Writers’ Forum as well, but I’m still watching my pennies so will set that one off when it doesn’t clash with this one.
It is a 3-day week this week. I’m quite pleased about that as I struggled to get up this morning.
So far today I’ve done some website work and some C&P (communication & publicity, aka detective) work. I have magazine work to do, and I have a chapter and synopsis to get off to my workshop leader for Fishguard. I received a phone call from the organiser last Thursday asking me to re-send it if I’d already sent it, and to send it if I hadn’t. I decided there and then to send in Catch the Rainbow, which was a bit of a shock as I was always taking The Beast Within with me.
The former has been waiting to be written for a couple of years, but I was struggling with how and where to start (to blast or not to blast in chapter 1?). As soon as I decided to take that book with me on my writing weekend, the opening formed itself in my mind. So Thursday evening I sat and outlined 40 chapters, a prologue, an epilogue and an afterword, and on Friday I did a detailed outline for chapter 1, the epilogue and the afterword – at least I now know how I’m starting and where I’m going, even if there are 39 (detailed) blanks in between …
All I have to do now is finish chapter 1 and get it and the main outline submitted. And quick. The activity annual is (temporarily, I hope) on hold for now, which is good as it means I can work on the novel with a free conscience.
Oh, the shoulder is loads better today, so it must have been me sleeping funny. I woke at about 5am (well, Holly woke me …), and it was still there, so I reduced my pile of pillows by one. That seems to have done the trick, but now I have a bit of a stiff neck instead, although that could be due to peering down at the laptop for much of yesterday.