The animals may have very graciously let me have a good night’s sleep on Monday, but they’ve made up for it ever since. Either the cats want to go out, or the dog finds something to bark at, or the cats play with each other and start the dog barking, or the dog wants out, or a cat’s being sick. I don’t think I’ve had a proper night’s sleep since Monday.
It caught up with me this morning and I shamefully slept in.
This means that I’m several hours late on everything. It means I won’t get to drop off and pick up any work later. It means tonight I’ll still be working so I won’t be able to go out. And it means I may be doing my shopping at midnight. Thank goodness for 24-hour supermarkets.
I do have some good news to report, though. I finally sorted out all of the CATCH THE RAINBOW material (again!), and it’s all in once place. I’m going to read through what I have, update my notes – which will become my outline – as I go along, and carry on from where I left off.
Keep an eye on the little wordometer in the top right-hand corner of the sidebar. It went up slightly overnight. 😉
I’m almost at 19,000 words so don’t really want to go back to the beginning and start again. I’ve started to keep a novel journal, or a pocket notebook where I record how I’m feeling, how the work’s going, and anything else that needs to go into a journal (lots of famous authors use them, apparently, and often refer to them to give themselves a boost when they’re working on the next one). I’m writing approximately 100 words per day into this journal and it’s a nice little warm-up exercise that doesn’t take all day.
Yesterday I searched for a daylight bulb to put in my desk lamp so that I can work in the dark corner of my bedroom. I searched through 4 archive boxes that still need sorting after the office was completed, and I found some index cards.
I’ve never used index cards for plotting, but I know a few people who do. So I selected a pack of plain white and a pack of assorted. I think the coloured ones will be used for things like blue = character, pink = scene setting, green = timeline, etc. They’re on the corner of my desk. I keep looking at them, but I don’t intend to use them this time out. I may use them for the next one, though.
Do you use index cards? How do they work for you?
I also found my old office clock from when I worked for a living. So I put a battery in that and it’s now prominently placed on my desk where I can see it. I already have the computer clock, but when the computer’s not on, I use a Venetian glass clock that really should be downstairs and I can’t read properly anyway because it has 4 glass bubbles on it instead of any numbers.
The problem with my old office clock is that it ticks. Loudly. And the “office” is in the corner of the bedroom. If that becomes a nuisance during the night, it’ll have to go out until the next morning. The Venetian glass clock can go downstairs.
I also found my mini dictionary, my mini thesaurus and a pocket dictionary of English usage (grammar). All three of these small books will now accompany me around the house whether I’m writing or proof-reading or editing. The great big heavy versions can stay on my desk. This is much better than me keep having to check spellings and grammar via the internet, especially when I only have my phone to hand.
The daylight bulb wasn’t in any of the boxes, but I remembered I’d put it with other light bulbs in the kitchen. So that was all nicely useful.
So, I’m feeling organised and motivated. Now I just need to crack on with work.
Have a great weekend. I’m going to see my mom and dad.