Is it just me or has it felt like a long week? It's felt like a long week and yet I don't seem to have done a huge amount. Except colouring in. I've done a lot of colouring in this week.
An awful lot of colouring in.
Apparently I've not changed a huge amount in the last twenty years since the
main things I've been up to this week are the same sorts of things I was doing
when I was nine. What is is they say about growing older but not growing up?
When I was travelling to Wales I picked up Portable Colour Me Calm
which is divided into sections with different themes, so you've got designs
inspired by nature, water, geometry and mandalas. They're nice and quick to
colour in and I spent half the week wandering round with it and a pack of
colouring pencils in my shoulder bag for free moments when I felt a little bit
of colouring in was necessary.
As of yesterday morning I've moved on to my Enchanted Forest
colouring book. It's so pretty. I'm very keen to get Secret Garden
and Lost Ocean (which doesn't come out for a little while yet) but I'm
fairly certain Enchanted Forest is going to keep me going for a while
yet. Especially as I still have my two colouring books I got for my birthday as
well. I think I'm going to need to get some more colouring pencils soon!
It's keeping me from my knitting though. I really need to pick that back up
in the coming week. Joseph is currently still armless (though they've been
knitted, they're just sitting on my side table waiting to be sewn up. He also
needs his hands knitted; once I've done that and his hair it's pretty much done
so I have no excuse. Aside from the fact I keep on coming home and getting my
colouring pencils out instead of my knitting needles!
In terms of reading, I'm slowly working my way through The Dwarves.
It was lent to me by a colleague who thought it would appeal to me. It took a
while to get into but now I'm halfway through it, know who all the characters
are and more or less know what's going on, I'm enjoying it. It's just it's a
monster book and makes my bag really heavy (especially if I've got a colouring
book and colouring pencils in there as well). It's also not very comfortable to
read in bed. The night before last I was dozing off as I was reading it and kept
bopping myself on the nose with it!
It's delaying my next week of the Reading Challenge which I'm hoping to get
to by tomorrow. I've got to read a book set in the future, so I'm going with
H.G. Wells' The Time Machine, mainly because it's a book I've wanted to
read for years but also because it's another one I can get on Project Gutenberg
so I can read it on the go on my phone.
I've started seriously gearing up for NaNoWriMo as well. I'm making use of
OneNote on my new laptop. It's really handy with the different pages and the
fact you can copy stuff from different webpages and it includes the link to
where you got it from. It's a little bit like a scrapbook except you can take
stuff out and move it around a lot more easily. And it saves on ink from
Obviously being in a writing sort of mood has put in the right frame of mind
for clearing up a little something that was bothering me about my rewrite of
Behind the Scenes. That's the story I've been working on since I was
about sixteen/seventeen and it's currently in it's third draft (and being
heavily expanded). All this time I've had one character always knowing that he
was the father of one of my main characters, just this week it occurred to me
that maybe he didn't know he was her father.
Suddenly he's become a much more sympathetic character because he's not been
hiding this dark secret for the last seventeen years, he's just as surprised as
she is when the truth comes out and so they're both muddling around in these new
unfamiliar waters together. I'm so proud of my brain for slotting it all into
place, even if it does mean that there will need to be changes made in the last
ten chapters I've rewritten because I was dropping clue to set up the big reveal
that don't need to be there any more.
I'm also a little bit embarrassed to admit that Jeremy Kyle helped with
getting those pieces to fall into place. It was on in the canteen at work one
day this week and I happened to look up while they were talking about DNA tests.
It's been bugging me for a while that my seventeen-year-old character, Abby,
would probably have seen her birth certificate naming her actual father. I much
prefer him just being 'UNKNOWN' on the paperwork and Jack having his suspicions
all along, so deciding to get them tested.
The one problem is, there just aren't enough hours in the day to plan my
NaNo, knit, colour in and renew my enthusiasm for Behind the Scenes, so
I'm having to sort of prioritise.
At least I'm not short of things to keep myself occupied.