I had intended to write this blog post earlier today, but as usual, time ran away with me. As such, what I would have written earlier will probably be totally different to what I’m about to write; a lot has happened in a day. I don’t have any news to broadcast from the rafters (although that would be nice), but I am celebrating the fact that I have actually submitted a MS to a publisher today, as I promised myself. I did vow to complete it and send it by the end of the month, prior to NaNoWriMo, but I was actually up til 10:50pm last night “polishing” some more until I decided that enough was enough. If I polish any more, I’ll wipe the sheen away and lose the next four weeks of my life doing so. Those four weeks are for NaNo time. It’s good to set a timetable, and stick to it. Certainly, some tasks from the To Do list have had to drop off yesterday’s list on to today’s; but that’s to be expected when you have other commitments. The life of a writer: when your true vocation must take a back seat to everything else – because that is how we roll.
Anyhow, back to NaNoWriMo. Today is 1st November. Today was the day when I was supposed to write my first 1,667 words. I argued with myself. There was/is too much else going on. I have articles to send out, markets to analyse, proposals to send. I have a toddler to look after, a house to run. The Writers & Artists self-publishing conference to attend on Saturday. Family to host for. I am running out of time. Yet, a little voice in my head squeaked ‘You can do it. It’s not impossible. Nothing is impossible. Stop putting obstacles in your way again.’ He’s right, old Jiminy Cricket. Always let your conscience be your guide. (Disney’s Pinnochio, for those of you who are wondering what on earth I am waffling about). So I put small person to bed and sat down in front of my blank canvas. With no prior planning (the perfectionist side of me is furious about this), I scrolled through some previously recorded ideas and picked one. Then added a twist. Where it will lead, the future only knows.
All I know, is that I have achieved so far this week that which I intended, and for that, I am already half way there.