Pandemic plans, plots – and plots

It’s really hard to make plans when the world is upside down, and it’s exhausting. I just wanted to get that off my chest.

My partner and I are currently trying to build a cabin…in a pandemic and in a country different to the one we’re currently in. I realised a year ago this could cause some problems, travel restrictions being one obvious barrier (and illness another…). Unexpectedly, the biggest spanner in the works (pardon the pun) isn’t travel. It is that this year, of all years, timber prices are at an all-time high, throwing all of our quotes and budgets out the window…

Our pretty little plot will have to sit empty for another year, while we hope that the vaccine-rollout goes well and keeps people safe, and for timber prices to drop. All I really want is for us all to be released from limbo and granted some kind of reprieve from all this uncertainty and the damn virus.

In happier plot-related news, I’ve focused on structural edits for my novel and have worked through about a third (woo!) – as well as started planning for a new novel and started on a short story. Yes, I know, I should work on my attention span. The short story is a nice break for my brain though. It’s fun working on a long project, but it does get a bit overwhelming at times, so I’ve enjoyed having a shorter project on the side. The game plan for the summer is to finish structural edits, send it out to be critiqued, and force myself to wait with any new, longer projects until then. And who knows, perhaps by the new year all pandemic-born DYI’ers have decided that building things just isn’t their cup of tea and the price of timber will crash. That would be nice.

Now I’m off to write a short story about a detective and a cracked frame. At least I know how that story ends.

Be safe out there! X

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. 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