• Kate O'Connor

Whew! What a weekend


It has been a huge weekend for me, and no that does not mean I went out partying and got trashed and did something stupid to add to the anxiety-riddled thoughts I tend to have in the middle of the night when I can't sleep.

Nope, my weekend was a helluva lot tamer than that, but just as exciting.

I finally set up a writing nook for myself upstairs in the attic at Mum and Dad's place. It's under an eave in the corner, no windows, good lights, and no distractions. I can use my typewriter up there without driving everyone else in the house insane with the clacking, which was my main motive for moving my base upstairs.

And boy oh boy has it worked out for me! I've written roughly 5000 words in the last three days, and had an absolute ball of a time doing it. For the first time in a long time, I've been able to get into the flow of writing and just let the words come out. It really is like automatic writing sometimes. I'm not even sure what's about to happen until it does. Which is unfortunately a very similar situation to when I talk to people in real life. I'm usually as surprised as you are about what comes out of my mouth. I have no filter in speaking and apparently none in my writing either. Which is exciting as hell, as far as I'm concerned. Even if it's a little (ok, a lot) embarrassing sometimes.

So, what have I been working on? I've been pretty focused on my novel. I had intended to just finish typing what I'd written so far on my laptop out on the typewriter, but then I got a little carried away and whoosh! All the words! I have one chapter in particular that I'm not sure where it belongs in the novel. For the most part, I'm writing the novel from start to finish, but this one chapter just kind of turned up one day. It'll fit in somewhere. I'm fairly certain I'll know where it belongs when I see it. I think it could also be a good little stand-alone short story as well, but I haven't yet decided whether I'll post it online or not. Is it normal for an author to post a chapter of an unfinished novel as a short story? Is that a faux pas or could it generate interest? Maybe this is why people have agents. Or editors or something. I don't know who does what.

I'm kind of sad about having to focus my energy on university work tomorrow. I've been having so much fun with the novel lately that it kind of hurts to have to put it aside. Maybe if I could make myself get out of bed earlier (like, I don't know, maybe while it's still bloody morning!), I'd have time to work on university stuff as well as my novel. Now wouldn't that be a trip? Being unemployed is not doing good things for my daily schedule. That is to say, now that I'm unemployed, I have no daily schedule. I need to change that. I have too many things I want to do to be wasting time every day.

Oh! I've also decided to add a Reviews section to my website, where I'll start reviewing books I read. There'll be books from my university courses, books I read just for fun and books I've been asked to review via a website I recently discovered. It'll help to expand my reading horizons, and also might even give visitors to my website some suggestions for new authors. There will be a mix of authors and genres, with the focus probably being on horror, sci fi and romance. Oooh, maybe all three all mixed together! I could get on board with that!

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