I have had a few days where nothing felt right,don’t know why really and when I think about it I can’t tell you what I thought or felt. Maybe it’s November darkness, or PMS, or my mind playing tricks on me or something I haven’t even thought of…
Things have gone fairly well, I’ve missed one deadline at uni, but it’s not too late until the course is over (that’s in January, which is sooo far ahead in time). I thought I missed a deadline at work, but I made it just on time and as a bonus I think my text was actually good (took me a full 15 minutes to bullcrap a 1500 word piece on Christmas). None of us is ill at the moment (why did I say that? Now we’ll catch something!) and there are only a few more weeks left of school and work before three weeks of Christmas holiday!
-5C and a clear blue sky.
My Steampunk short story is coming along fine, I’m 3388 words in and I still have about (I’m so totally guessing here) 1000 words handwritten that need transcribing. I set a limit of 5000 words to this story, mostly because I wanted something to work towards and to have some idea of when it was time to tie all the loose ends together…
There was a time not long ago I thought I’d never get this story working, too many sub-plots and half-ready ideas scribbled all over a notebook. Now, as I transcribe my notes, I move passages around making the story flow better and helping me finish off the whole thing. If all goes well I’ll be done by next week and then I’ll have a couple of days to re-read and edit before deadline. It would be good if I could find someone who’d read my story and point out mistakes or other things I might miss myself (and I’m going to be cheap about this and try to find someone who’d do it pro bono).
I’m not really worried my story won’t stick out and be noticed in the competition, I’m certain it’s unique and appealing. What I AM worried about is that since English is a second language it’s not as sharp and well written as something I’d write in Swedish. When it comes to short stories in Swedish I have one honorable mention and one first runner up position with my stories, then I knew they’s be good enough to compete. Right now, I’m not sure who I’m going up against…
Sunrise trough the trees.
Anyhow, I’ve made a big batch of soup (beef and veggie with beans) that’ll give me plenty of lunches in the weeks to come and all that’s left to do before heading off for work is transcribing my notes.
I need a cuppa tea, maybe a biscuit too.