Summer of 2020

Hot damn.

That’s where we’ll start. Where else? I’m guessing this summer is not going to rank high in people’s memories and yet life has somehow, inexplicably and unapologetically, pushed on. And pushed us all the way into August. When did that happen?

I’ll not run you through the roller-coaster that has been my mental well-being, because I know we’re all in the same boat, and instead thought I’d add an overdue update on my writing goals. Being in lockdown this spring and then continuing to social distance was at first a boost to my writing (what else to do when I couldn’t go anywhere?), but as many have experienced, being creative in a crisis is an odd thing. Despite of all the ups and downs, I managed to reach a massive milestone in the middle of June = the end of my first draft.

140k. In 4 months. You better believe it’s rough.

I’m a hopeless time-optimist, so if I hadn’t been forced to self-isolate it would definitely have taken longer. I planned to take a month off and then start editing, but my partner and I decided to be a little crazy and go on a road trip when lockdown eased throughout Europe in July, and ended up going to my parents in Sweden. And guess what, we’re still here! This area has seen very few cases, and none in the last few months, so it feels incredibly safe and peaceful, and I’m unbelievably grateful that both my partner and I are able to work from home(-ish).

As fun as this new, random life is, it’s definitely messing with the day-to-day routines, so I’ve ignored my WIP for longer than I planned. But today’s the day! I’m about to take a few very small steps into the world of editing – to be continued…

How has your summer been? Has writing been easier for you in lockdown (if your region enforced that) or has it been harder focusing on being creative?

Hope you are all safe and well! X

Spring vibes

We’re a little over halfway through May and spring seems to have descended on London properly this time, and I’m here for it! As the outside world still isn’t quite open to us, I decided to bring spring inside by planting a few little seeds of meadow flowers and some herbs, and I check on them every ten minutes to see if they’ve grown. So far nothing.

My goal for May grew pretty big though: my plan was to finish the first draft of my WIP and take part in the #Mayauthorwipchallenge on Instagram, but as I kind of knew, doing both was a little too much. The Maychallenge has not gone well, but so far (let’s hope I don’t jinx it) drafting has.

Yesterday I hit the magical number of 100 000, and I’m still riding the happy wave. There’s still some more to do before I can wrap up, but I have begun to dream of actually getting to edit this thing. Whether I hit my goal in May or not, the end is in sight – woop!

Hope you’re all staying safe and well! X