Drafting mode engaged

Helloooo there, blogo-sphere!
How have you been? Safe and well, I hope, and if you are in quarantine – hang in there!

It has been a strange thing, being in quarantine (I’m based in the UK), because it really forces you to appreciate the little things and find silver linings in order to cheer yourself up, while it also reminds you about all the people going through unimaginable heartache and sorrow no matter how shiny the silver.

My silver linings have been my plants – be prepared for lots of Instagrams of tiny green leaves – and my writing. Working from home meant I had to create a proper routine, and it was very satisfying to be able to slot in my own writing time between work-work and chores. I finally began drafting my novel in earnest and it has been incredible, and the last month has had a thorough writing theme: I’ve finally hit 50 000 words on my WIP – still over the moon about that – took part in some of the amazing talks during Stay at home fest , and discovered lots of writing resources from Writer HQ, National Center for Writing, Jericho Writers and more…

I’m humbled and blown-away by all the talented creatives out there sharing their talent and supporting others – a massive shout out to all of you helping people stay sane!

With love

Happy New Year!

New Year’s Eve is fast approaching here in the UK- where did December go?!
I had half a post written at the end of November to discuss this year’s NaNoWriMo, but somehow forgot about it and never posted it… I loved taking part of NaNoWriMo this year. I tried a new way of plotting my story, got some new characters created, and found a way to write quite productively while juggling my paying job as well. I didn’t win, life interrupted a little half way through, but I managed to write around 20 000 words and overall the experience left me feeling positive and excited for future projects.

I’m a sucker for new beginnings, fresh starts and any reason to clear out cupboards and start again, so yeah, new year’s eve is my drug (cue ke$ha). I’m weary of making big new year’s resolutions, though, because I’m an incurable time optimist and being reasonable is not my forte. If anything my goal for 2020 will be to aim high – but set some goals that are actually.within reason.

Wherever you are in the world, I hope 2020 will be a glorious and inspiring year, with lots of love and as little sorrow as possible.
Love, and Happy New Year to you all x