I have finally made my mind up and left the WriteWords site today. I was actually intending to cancel my account in March, but I logged in this morning and for the first time in ages had a look round - and then thought: no, enough is enough. It's time to leave on the grounds that it's all very worthy, I'm sure, but it no longer suits the amateur writer that I am. So that's done. And it feels both liberating and right - two states of mind not at all to be sniffed at, rare as they are in this oh-so-busy world. I wish them all the best in the future, naturally enough, but it's not for me.
In the meantime, here's today's meditation poem:
wipes out the fact of things
makes what is there
seem as if it is not
so that already
when I search for you
you will be gone.
I've also made several unexpected submissions - something I've not done for a while. These include a short story to Espresso Fiction, another to First Edition Publishing, and four pieces of flash fiction to the University of Chester Flash Magazine. So I feel very decisive and will expect a series of the usual rejections any day now ... But, hell, at least I'm keeping my hand in, eh.
At the same time, another exciting landmark has been reached. I am now happily at just over 60,000 words in Hallsfoot's Battle, which is where I wanted to be by the end of November, hurrah! Hang up the bunting and crack open the champagne, people! It's a Celebration Day. And so beautifully timed with Thanksgiving too (I hope my US readers are having a wonderful day also ...). And, plot-wise, I've discovered something strange about Talus, the young boy who lives with Annyeke - it's an odd gift but I'm hoping it will come in useful later on in the battle (which surely has actually to start sometime now I'm halfway through the novel, ho ho ...). I just don't know how yet.
Tonight, I'm out in London seeing Jane W, so am looking forward to curry and chat. Though first I have to run the gauntlet of renewing my railcard at Godalming Station (never an easy task, it seems). Hmm, maybe I'd best set out soon, even though there's still two-and-a-half hours before the train departs? You never know how long it will take ...
Today's nice things:
1. Leaving WW
3. Submitting stories
4. Reaching the Big 6-0 in Hallsfoot.
5. Seeing Jane W.
Anne's website - unusually decisive for a Thursday ...