Saturday, 27 November 2021

Plans? What plans? Part 2

My darling, beloved father died last Wednesday, so none of the plans I made for November and December will be happening.

Tuesday, 23 November 2021

Plans? What plans?


I had a plan for what I was tackling before the end of March. And now it's not what I thought it would be.

Realm #5 left my desk on the 8th November, winging its merry way to my editor. Who was originally scheduled to have the book until the end of January. This was my plan:

  • November: take most of it as a break, with perhaps some audiobook recording, but at least a break from writing
  • December: go back over book #10 and rewrite where necessary. Intersperse writing with audiobook recording
  • January: line edits of book #10; audiobook recording
  • February: edits of Realm #5 once it was back from my editor
  • March: get Realm #5 ready for publication

Except on Friday, my editor emailed me to ask if I wanted Realm #5 back in 4 instalments before 20th December, or all in one on the 20th. I don't know if it's coming back to me 6 weeks ahead of schedule because other clients dropped out, leaving my editor with more time, or if she scheduled more time than it needs. She did say she thoroughly enjoyed it (which is always lovely!).

It's currently 22nd November and I did indeed take much of the last couple of weeks as a break. Part of me wishes I'd been a bit more productive writing-wise, but I needed to catch up with other things (like gardening and housework). Realm #5 is coming back in 4 weeks, which isn't enough time to rewrite and edit book #10. It's probably enough time to make a serious dent in the audiobooks project, so I should probably crack on with that. Certainly my hubby will be pleased if/when we can finally take down the recording tent that's lurking in the back of our main sitting room! I may have suggested it was only going to be up for a couple of months, about three months ago.

Maybe the new plan looks like this:

  • Until Realm #5 is back: record audiobooks
  • End of December: go through the editing with my editor
  • January: do the edits on Realm #5
  • February: get Realm #5 ready for publication
  • March onwards: book #10 and audiobook recordings

Sorry, hubby. Looks like the tent's going to be up for a while.

Tuesday, 9 November 2021

Realm #5 has left the building!

"Realm #5" is away to Fiona, my editor. And now I have "End-of-book-itis" and feel exhausted, bereft, and at a loss over what to do with myself.

I mean, I could do my tax form... (and I probably will, sooner rather than later!). Or the housework, which has been abandoned for quite some time now. I'm hoping to take a bit of a break, but knowing me, that will last all of about a week, before I start editing book #10/recording the audiobooks/plotting book #12/starting something totally new/all of the above.

But, for the next few weeks, I won't be looking at "Realm #5" and that thought is both liberating and crushing. I've been writing the series on and off since 2014 (😮) and since then, any time I've not been working on it, I've always felt a pull back to it. But the series ends with this book. There will be no more "just making some notes for the next one" because there is no next one. As I say - this feels both liberating and crushing. Liberating, because I have a gazillion other ideas buzzing around in my head which I've been promising to get to once Realm #5 was off to Fiona. Crushing, because I've spent so many years with these characters, that it feels like I'm losing some best friends.

Anyway, for now, I'm going to make another cup of tea and try to remember what life involves, when it doesn't involve writing and editing!