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Monday, 17 August 2015

The Week Ahead: Corrections and Short Stories

If I went into detail about why I'm despairing at the moment it'd take a while and nothing else would get done. Suffice to say, just when I thought things couldn't get worse, they suddenly did. The last year of my life has been a lesson in this so I'm not sure why I'm so surprised. Alas, tolerance levels are eroded beyond recognition. If there's one thing going right in a life perhaps the rest can be accepted as necessary balance but that's not the case. However, I apparently have to carry on so...

I've got a month before my thesis corrections are due and, really, I wanted them finished two weeks ago. I've planned all the edits and I'm halfway through implementing them now. All I need to do after that is write two brief appendices and get them checked over. Then the thesis is done and... Well, it's done. Full stop after that one.

My other task for this week is to work on some of the short story drafts I've neglected. Three need a complete rewrite, though I've been putting it off because the novel drafts seemed more important. I want to rewrite them this week for editing at Wakefield Jelly next week. In theory, let's see how that goes.

Next week I'm cat-sitting for my sister. During that quiet time away I'm going to focus on the fourth draft of 'Max'. I've already had a read through of the third draft and I know what needs to be done. A couple of major fixes and thousands of minor ones. I want to make a dent in that.

Little steps...


Ginette B said...

So sorry to hear that you're under so much pressure these days. Wishing you all the best and keeping my fingers crossed for you!

(PS: You might not remember me, but I wrote you about your postings on 'Death in Paradise' a while ago. I've been checking in from time to time to see what you're up to, but never commented. However... it seems you need some encouragement now, so I figured it's time to come out of lurkdom!)

CharmedLassie said...

Of course I remember you - hi again!

Thanks for the words of encouragement. It does help. I'm fortunate that the people in my life who understand that just about balance out the ones who don't!