Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Cemeteries and Such

Last weekend, having recovered (mostly) from the flu that struck me after my last post, Mr Dishington and I went to Sheffield to see a Sonata Arctica gig. It was pretty good, and I had fun, but that was all totally eclipsed the next day when we went and explored the old cemetery.

I don't wish to be morbid, and this won't be every one's cup of tea, but it must be the most beautiful cemetery I've ever seen. It's a glorious, Victorian Gothic pile, all tumbled stones and rampant ivy. With a derelict old chapel (Non-Conformist) and a petite yet equally derelict Church of England church, it mixes the Grecian with the medieval and is capped with green iron gates featuring the Ouroboros, the Egyptian symbol of eternity.

We explored for a while, and the grey day made it perfect. It was pretty inspirational for my WiP and the old company offices beside it had the same name as my heroine's surname; Montague. I took it as a good sign!

Speaking of writing, I didn't manage to do any while I was all flu-ed up, and completely missed my last 5K target. I did a lot of reading though, and decided I'm going to change the narration to first person. I'll continue my first draft as first person, but since I'm rewriting the beginning anyway, I'll keep that as third person for now.

It was a bit tricky to get into writing as a character and I found it a bit daunting. I wrote a few background pieces to try and get into the right voice, and wandered around talking to myself for a bit, but nothing got me into it as much as actually writing! With the knowledge of draft 2 at the back of my mind, I feel freer to experiment and just try stuff out, which is nice. Any tips out there for getting into character?

While I was out of action, so to speak, I managed to finish uploading my Zazzle products, and make buttons and links. There's a link at the top of the blog, as well as on my links page and home page. Feel free to take a meander and let me know what you think of the designs I've got up there, and if you have any suggestions!

Miss H.

Friday, 11 March 2011

Goals and Targets and Shops, Oh My!

So I've been laid a bit low recently, by a number of things. I'll not bore you with the details, but rest assured that none of them were all that bad, and I was just being a bit Eeyore with everything.

Nonetheless, spells like that are often quite good for giving me the kick up the backside I generally need to get things done, and as a result, I wrote A PLAN. This detailed the things I wanted to achieve this year, and a schedule of things to do to achieve them.

My writing output on my WiP was pitifully small, so I've set myself the target of 5000 words a week, with the goal of having finished the first draft by the 6th June. I've done 3500 ish words so far this week, so I'm well on the way to meeting my first target:) Feels so much better to be doing some actual work now!

Another goal was one I've been thinking about for a while. I've set up a store on Zazzle.com, which is a reader and writer gift shop. I'll be expanding the items in stock over time, but there are a few bits on there already:) As you can see, I'm sticking with the hand-drawn Times New Roman and ink splats!
I'll be linking to the store more comprehensively this weekend when I've created the buttons, but for now the shop can be accessed via the ad at the bottom of this page or this large word:

Take a look around, and let me know what you think!