Life has been on hold for the last few months. I moved to New Zealand last year to a job that is quite busy for most of the time, but ridiculously busy from mid-July to the end of October. And because of staff shortages, I’ve been busy and working weekends since May. Not full-time for the whole weekend back then, but from mid-July it’s just been crazy. I ran the national New Zealand Twitter for one week mid-August, and people kept asking what I did to be keeping such crazy hours. It’s now early October and I’m exhausted, both physically and mentally. I started typing this at 9:00am on a Sunday morning, and plan to start work in half an hour or so, although have little enthusiasm to do so.
If you’ve made it this far with reading this post, thanks – and don’t worry, rant (nearly) over. During September my writing group did NaNoWriMo (NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, with the idea of getting 50,000 words written in just 30 days). Although it was September. And not national, but specific to a town in NZ. So I guess that would make it UHSepWriMo? Okay, maybe not. It was both frustrating, and inspiring watching daily Twitter updates from some great new friends as they struggled, persevered and ultimately succeeded in their incredibly hard challenge. So come November, the frustration of not being able to join in will be over, and it’ll be my turn. I have two novels that I’ve started (although only just), and I’m going to spend a little time deciding which one I’m going to devote those 50,000 words to. And if I get the chance, I’ll try to follow the wise words from Roz Morris’s blog: Nail NaNoWriMo – start now! 3 old hands share their tips.
Wish me luck.