… and considering I don’t work weekends, I had quite a productive one, work-wise.
True, I did the shopping and the usual household chores, and Saturday night we did all make it to a gig and we had a great time – this particular band never, ever disappoints. So we were all slightly gleeful when their lights failed to come on at the start, but that’s just spiteful …
On Sunday I had a brief lie-in but I’d set myself the task of clearing some long overdue reading. Before I could start that, though, I had to do something with the double gates at the back of my property.
They really haven’t been secured properly, despite my neighbour assuring the builder that he didn’t have to worry as he – the neighbour – would sort it out. Well, he’s made a right abortion of it, so I’ve re-called the builder and I’m going to get it done properly. I can’t afford for those gates to be smashed to bits every time we have a puff of wind.
In the end I propped them open. That seemed to work until the wind dropped much later, when they could be closed again, and builder man will be here tomorrow or Wednesday.
Then I got on with my new weekend chore, reading. As writers we should be reasonably well-read and as I was running out of time in the week …
- I managed to shift 2 old Writing Magazines, 2 old Writers’ News (I separate them) and 2 old Writers’ Forums;
- I selected a selection of “personal development” books for the book bag (including one on the window box allotment and an angel diary, both month by month, and various writing books);
- I got back on track with the current novel I’m reading for pleasure (Northern Lights by Philip Pullman);
- I scheduled in work for 2 short story competitions, 1 self-publishing competition, 2 short story submissions, and 2 article submissions;
- and I updated the diary for the next 2 weeks.
For the following week in the diary I left gaps for Pen & Sword work and filled in the writing tasks around those. I’m glad I did that because this morning they sent me an email letting me know there’s another proof-reading job on its way and I was able to add it to the P&S allotted space without shifting anything else along.
I’m doing this and other proof-reading and editing work Monday to Thursday so that Fridays can be spent on admin. But as I also like articles, short stories and fillers/letters to “cool” overnight in between drafts, I needed to slot them in somewhere. So they are the last hour of the day and one hour in the evening.
Not bad for someone who doesn’t work at the weekends, eh?
Also this morning, over breakfast, I cleared another old Writers’ Forum magazine and was so irritated by something they’d put in reply to a reader’s letter that I immediately fired a reader’s letter off of my own. So before I even started work today, I’d submitted a reader’s letter – and via the mobile phone too.
Then I spent some time with Catch the Rainbow before writing this blog and playing a game while I ate. I’m about to do my daily competitions, while I’m at the pc, then I’ll take the dog for his imaginary walk, although I think I just missed a bit of a snow flurry. Boo!
When I get back I’m proof-reading a novel for a client, writing draft 2 of an article, and looking at a potential competition for Night Crawler. If it qualifies – it’s a self-publishing competition – and if it’s not raving expensive, I may enter.
So long as I’m done by 9pm – tea and bath too – I’m happy. I like to relax and wind down for the evening then, either in front of the telly or reading a book.
Right, well … back to it, missus.