Its dark and damp this Sunday.
Last Sunday it was bright, breezy and sunny. A proper summer Sunday meant for going out and visiting family, enjoying the beach, eating out or having a picnic.
It’s not like that this Sunday.
Today it is raining. A proper thick autumnal rain, the sort that gets you soaked the moment you step out and makes you glad to get back indoors to a cup of tea and a large slice of victoria sponge.
It’s good weather for fish, ducks, geese and writers.
Well I don’t know about anyone else, but I always feel slightly guilty when its sunny and I’m writing. I shouldn’t, but I do. I should be out playing with my kids, blowing bubbles, eating ice cream and enjoying the weather. When its raining, I don’t have to worry about all that and I can just get on with allowing all the characters in my head free rein to recreate themselves on the screen in front of me.
Currently I am working on a Short Story collection. I’ll be going Indie with this one and I want it to be the best I can, so I’m trying to make sure I tick all the boxes as I go along. This has necessitated a lot more work than I anticipated when I put the original manuscript together.
First I sent the original six or so stories in the collated MS to a beta reader. She sent them back with a few editing suggestions which I took on board. Then I took a look at the few story collections I have on my shelves. Some of these are anthologies, some are collections from a single author, but they all have one thing in common – there are more stories than my original MS had.
So I added a few more stories, started editing them… found one that needed re-writing and ever since then, I have been working on that.
A good day’s work actually and as long as I finish the story before tuesday I’ll be happy.
So I’m off to do just that… Toodles!