I had some good news last week. A short story I wrote over a year ago and submitted to a magazine last March was finally accepted. I have to do some work to it – lose 200 words and confirm something – but I was very happy to hear from them as it’s a favourite client. That’s 2 fillers and a short story I’ve had accepted or published in the last few weeks, and there was me thinking I might be losing my touch. Of course, I might be, but at least it’s given me some confidence back.
Two days before I was yearning to be back in Dentdale, but a quick check to see availability and a tentative message to the poet (to which I had one of the speediest replies ever), and we’re booked in for a full week in the summer. We have to pay the deposit, still, but because we’re returning customers, and because I went direct to the owner, it’s fairly cheap and he’s reserved the cottage for us anyway.
This is what I was a tad excited about, for those who noticed last week on Facebook. We’re also looking forward to spending 2 nights in Keswick for my birthday next month.
We had a good weekend with the poet’s first gig of the year. He has 2 more in February and then that’s it, I think, until April. Most of the band have asked for most of March off.
Much of this morning was spent doing shameless self-publicity; this afternoon I made a red trifle. I still have a few jobs to do today, but here, for now, is this week’s to do list:
shameless self-promotion√ diary work x 2√√ blog x 3√×√ surf job boards daily x 5√√√√√ daily competitions x 5√√√√√ write walks report√ submit walks report to 6 local newspapers√ electronic edits on historical non fiction #1√ send historical non fiction #1 to author for checking√ send historical non fiction #1 for typesetting√ doctor’s appointment√ revise short story√ return short story to favourite client√ write editing article for writing anthology√ print off historical non fiction #2√
- manual edits on historical non fiction #2
- electronic edits on historical non fiction #2
- send historical non fiction #2 to author for checking
- send historical non fiction #2 for typesetting
- invoices (hurrah! – there are LOTS)
- check historical non fiction #3 3rd proofs
- send historical non fiction #3 back to client
check historical non fiction #4 author amendments√ send historical non fiction #4 for typesetting√
What’s on your to do list this week?