May. A month with bouts of sunshine, of eating (mostly) healthy food, of seeing lots of friends, of undergoing a minor crisis of confidence, and of ultimately hoping that this believing in my own writing lark will pay off one day.

As my most recent post suggests, I’ve tried to wind things down a bit lately. It’s been difficult as the creative-idea-mania which came upon me in April is still going on, and my brain is gifting me with lots of ideas, but I have had to accept I don’t have time to write them all. Not only that, but I don’t need to write them all. I’ve been jotting ideas down for the future though, which means I have stuff to look forward to. I’ve put the latest draft of the YA novel I have been rewriting to the side for this month too, for its resting period.

This month I have:

  • Started a children’s novel. I’ve written 11 chapters so far, and contrary to my normal practice have mapped out the whole book (as well as the story world). I’m loving this one
  • Written 4 comedy sketches (instead of short stories for the month, trying to keep things fresh!)
  • Started a short story which has turned into a long story/novella
  • Continued my one page a day freehand SF book
  • Read 10 books
  • Attended a BBC Comedy workshop
  • Have gone for evening strolls around Edinburgh most nights the last few weeks
  • Discovered the extraordinary photography of Vivian Maier
  • Made lots of this amazing beetroot and walnut hummus
  • Declare The Jazz Age by Bryan Ferry to be a good roll-on-sunshine album – it’s not on this but I truly love the version of Love is the Drug from Great Gatsby

Books read have covered quite a few children’s classics, given that my new novel is for 8-12 year olds. I re-read The Weirdstone Of Brisingamen by Alan Garner for the first time since I was a kid, read The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton, and The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke. Particular favourite books this month have included Carrie by Stephen King (which I read for the first time) and the excellent graphic novel Saga #3 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples – the Saga series is going from strength to strength I think.

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