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So what has happend this past week?

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jacquelineb: (stark raving sane!)

Well, Happy New Year for 2013! The first week of the new year is nearly gone. How has it been for everyone?

For me, it’s meant being back at work, on both fronts; the day job (though only two days this week) and also more back into writing. I had a very good Christmas break, seeing my sister, who came to England and we had some quiet time together while she studied, though we did watch The Hobbit together. I caught up with friends locally for a lovely dinner on Friday night, and also had afternoon tea with a friend from Australia on the same day.

My two big goals for 2013, writing wise, are to have a completed draft of the Dragon novel by the end of the year, and rewrite/edit the novel that I did for Nanowrimo in November. I kept meaning to post that I did win Nano, but never got around to it! December seemed crazy up until Christmas. I’m planning for a quieter January. Of course, dancing starts back again this week so it’s going to get a little busier, but with no longer being on the committee I can commit to more writing things, which I’m very pleased about.

In terms of writing plans over the next week and month, there is a submission due this coming Friday, and a further two at the start of February. I have a good feeling about being able to get the one for Friday done in draft form today.

One project that may be of interest for any erotica readers out there is my 365 day story ‘A Night in a Year.’ The plan is to post 300 words a day on a continuing erotic story, set in Cambridge over the course of one night. Note I said ‘post’ not write – the posts have been planned and will be scheduled in advance of the posting time (which is 4pm GMT). If you are interested, why not go back through what I have so far: A Night in a Year.

And for Sunday in my City: These shots were taken sometime last year, but am only getting to posting them now. They are from the park at the end of my street. I used to go on swings a lot as a kid – even at university in the park just near campus – so I like seeming them when I walk through it.

Park at the end of my street

Park at the end of my street

Close up of fake rock formation

Swings

Swings

Unknown Mami

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October chills. Summer is definitely over, and I chose daily between wearing my leather jacket or my fur (fake of course) edged coat. I do like the coat but it feels excessive sometimes (especially when the sun does decide to show itself). I keep waking up at around 7am on a daily basis, which I think I should try and listen to my body about – by that I mean when I wake up, get up, rather than lolling and feeling sleepy. That I think is doing me no good.

Anyway… what have I been up to?

Writing wise: Well, today I submitted another piece, which I had almost given up hope of doing, until I realised how much of it was completed and it only required a bit of thought and word pruning to make into something acceptable, so that has made me feel better. I had submitted a piece in mid-September that I had been wanting to write in the way I wanted to write it for a long time, a story I really wanted to tell. I fear it may not quite be what the anthology is after, but we’ll see. At least I have the piece in a longer form and can potentially build on it if it is rejected. Still, I think I will by the end of the year have stuck to my resolution in terms of submissions, which will be something – yes, am thinking of going back to that plan, but in a different form.

The past two weeks though have been… frustrating on the writing side. Focus has not been what it could be, and I just couldn’t seem to find a project after that was done. My head would bounce enthusiastically from one idea for a good day or so (not writing mind, as it was often at work or in bed before sleeping or waking), but then life would distract me, and I’d be back at another one! I suppose, luckily enough, there have been only about four which have been playing back consistently, so that’s reassuring – that my brain thinks it should be one of these ones, rather than a choice of 50 million or so. But I got an email today from someone which was related to one of the ideas I’ve had, and I’m going to take as a sign (in so far as a heathen like me can) that I should be working on that one. I can see it being a decent sized novella. But to get into it first! ;)

Worrying a little about the marketing side of this writing life. Mostly because I feel a bit clueless about the whole thing. I definitely need to start sending out some emails to figure this out. I’ve had some very good reactions to Body & Bow, but wonder if it’s reaching the right people. Something to think about.

Outside of writing, the day-job has been incredibly busy, but hopefully will be somewhat less so over October (or at least at levels where I can take a couple of breaths during the day). I visited and caught up with friends in Brighton and Rochester, which was great. Dancing has started up again, which will keep me busy for the week nights while term is on.

Have realised I’ve now adapted to thinking about my year like an academic one, particularly the Cambridge system. Michaelmas Term starts in October

Oh, and I turned 29. Had a really lovely party which made me feel incredibly lucky to know the people I do here.

And I realised this meant I really needed to start acting like a proper adult. Which… isn’t easy, and as luck (haha) would have it, have had a few occurrences of late to try and test me. Fine, universe, go ahead.

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Day late for Sunday in my City, but hey, was hanging around the Mill Pond with N. for part of Sunday, so here is a shot of Darwin College.

Darwin College and the Mill Pond

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Pitt Building, University of Cambridge
Back of the Pitt Building, Cambridge, UK. Near where I work.

Unknown Mami

I missed last week’s review – completely exhausted for various reasons and though I planned to do it Monday, other things cropped up. So let’s try for what’s been happening over the past two weeks.

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Sheep' s Green May 2012

Sheep’s Green, Cambridge, UK. Part of Sunday in my City

Unknown Mami

Making a real attempt to start weekly updates on the blog each Sunday – am a little obsessed with trying to remember everything, and I think it would give me some peace of mind to make sure I do it, though whether or not an interesting read for everyone else, I cannot say! Also going to start doing Sunday in my City (though the picture may or may not have been taken on Sunday)…the above was taken Thursday.

But onward!

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