My hospital and doctor appointments continue and so does the pain but I will not allow it to take over my life. It would be easy to give up and wallow in self pity but that has never been me and I don’t intend to start doing it now. I have had to accept that I have to adjust my time management and keep myself in the correct frame of mind. Although I have had some bleak days recently, I made sure that I shook them off and put myself in the correct frame of mind to achieve my goals in all areas of my life.
I am continuing with writing the first draft of my crime detective novel Dead Eyes and I am currently on 24,201 words. I would have liked to be further along, since my target is 55,000 words by the end of the this month. The target is still possible and I will keep writing as fast as I can. One thing I have noticed is that I am being very critical with this project and consequently I keep going back over it which I need to stop doing. It is the next stage when I should make all the changes.
I am really enjoying writing Dead Eyes and I have numerous pages of notes surrounding me so I don’t forget to come back to clues etc. I don’t want you all to be left with cliff-hangers at the end. This book, although still the same genre as my previous projects, it is quite different. This is a dectective novel which I am aiming to turn in to a series. I notice, almost daily, how my writing has developed and I feel a great sense of satisfaction. I should have made more time to write many years ago because it is so enjoyable. For any aspiring writers, please try and write something every day. I know how hard it is to find the time when you have a full time job and children to care for, but it really needs to be done and you’ll thank yourself in years to come.
I have also been working on my monthly newsletter which I want to start publishing soon and I am still reading ‘The Memory of Snow’ by Kirsty Ferry and ‘The Good Widow’ by Liz Fenton. I really should have finished them by now because they are both great books but I have had lots of other things to read recently. These include helping people with their manuscripts so they can become published and the news which seems to be in overdrive at the moment.
The saddest news in recent days was the death of Stephen Hawking. Without doubt he was the most renowned physicist of our time but he was so much more. He was an inspiration to all and showed us that everything is possible. Despite his terrible illness, he not only survived a lot longer than the doctors predicted but he inspired many people. He did not allow his illness to interfere with his work and proved to us all that everything is possible if you put your mind to it.
Detective Ellen Knight is now demanding my attention since she is off to the morgue!
Remember, try and get yourself in the correct frame of mind and you will be amazed at how much you will achieve.
Until next time – keep chasing your dreams!
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