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Thursday 17th September 2020

Wow – it has been a tiresome two weeks! I apologise for not having written on here for a while; I’ve struggled getting back into the routine of work. My house has gone back to looking like a bomb site and I feel permanently tired, but it’s nice to be back at work, keeping busy. My new year 3 class are lovely, including the class teacher and my daughter is doing well in her new class as well. The school have been fantastic at helping everyone settle back into our new normal; the staggered start times and end times have flowed a lot easier and I’m getting the hang of planning for R. E – and teaching it.

My partner and I are close to living together which is great, but it may have to be further outside our town than I had anticipated. Hopefully this won’t cause too much bother with getting to and from work.

Rolo and Kinder, my dogs, were poorly last weekend so I suffered with a few nights of lost sleep, but they are all better now. They are allowed to sleep upstairs with us again and have been making the most of bedtime snuggles.

My daughter’s glasses broke so I decided to book an eye test as she was a few months overdue because of lockdown and now has to wait for two weeks for her new glasses to be delivered to store. I know it can’t be helped, COVID-19 has a lot to answer for, but it’s frustrating that she’s without glasses as she goes back to school and needs them to read the board etc.

Anyway, I have finished Sookie Stackhouse #12 and am reading #13 on the rare occasion that my eyes remain open when I get into bed. I have so many books on my bookshelf and kindle that I have no idea what to read next! Do I read something current, or read something that’s been out for a while now? Or maybe I could start creating a detailed plan for my next novel…

I have sent off my cover letter, synopsis and first three chapters of my novel to my editor, who will be looking at it over the next few days. Eek! I’m super nervous but excited at the same time to read back through some professional feedback. I’m aware that it still needs a lot of work, but I’m hoping I’ve nailed the beginning.

Thank you for your continued support. Have a lovely weekend and speak next week.

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Thursday 11th June

Over the weekend, I decided that I need to finish rewriting my story. Firstly, it will make it easier if I’m lucky enough to get a place on the mentorship programme. If I’ve already finished writing it, then it will be easier to tweak. Lastly, if I’m unsuccessful, it means that I can start my submissions straight away.

I must admit, I’ve been stressing over the mentorship programme. Every time I think about it, I can feel the nerves scurrying through my body. Waiting makes me worry. I don’t suffer with anxiety, but my levels have been up and down like a pogo stick. Does it have a similar effect on you? Just under three weeks until I find out if I’ve got a place – 1st July needs to hurry itself up!

Having been back at work for the last two weeks, it has helped to keep my mind occupied. When there is little to do, I read my book. I’m still working my way through the Sookie Stackhouse series at the moment and am reading Dead and Gone (Book 9). I love a good vampire story. Vampire box sets are a good option too.

I’ve had no time to paint this week, but I have been on Twitter a lot. The writing community on there is so supportive, lots of friendly comments, lots of retweets and likes, lots of writer lifts – what’s not to love? It’s been great to connect with other people in a similar situation to me and see how they have progressed.

Anyway, I digress, I have rewritten three more chapters this week, read them back to myself out loud and ran them through ProWritingAid (mainly to check for passive sentences, adverbs and grammar). Anyone else do this? What do you check for? My updated chapters have been sent to my feedback group, so I’m just waiting for their replies to see if they’re as good as the other chapters.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my latest post. Speak again next week.