I’ve had about a week go by so far with no editing. Does it feel weird? Very! But I know that it’s coming very soon and once the second round of edits hits my mailbox, I’ll have around three weeks to get it done. Doable? Yes. Easy? No. But what’s life without a little challenge?

I seem to have reverted back to a state of normalcy which includes hanging out with friends and family, enjoying other pursuits such as gaming, reading and *shock* even writing! Okay. I haven’t actually written anything, yet. But I plan to. There’s an open call with Grey Matters Press that I want to attempt to write something for. Now, I just need the inspiration…

Productivity and Editing Novels

So it seems that setting small goals for myself works (to some extent at least!) I aimed to read, write and gym again this week on my days off. Unfortunately I didn’t achieve all of my goals. However, I’m not beating myself up about it. I didn’t visit the gym at all. That was actually a bad stroke of luck which saw my partner slightly injured which meant he couldn’t go. Of course, I still could have went but I chose not to! Does that make me bad? I swear I was looking after him. Lol.

I did read. A lot. I finished a whole novel and got through a half of another for a couple of friends of mine that I promised I’d read for. So I really enjoyed that.

On the writing front, I did write, although I didn’t really achieve what I wanted to. While I planned to work on my new novel I actually got the edits for chapter one back from my publisher so I decided to use that time to go through those edits and revise to perfection! So I was still productive and achieved something. I feel awesome. The edits for chapter two have just arrived in my mailbox too so I plan on doing those in the next couple of days. It’s so exciting! When I was given the news that my book had been accepted for publication you would not believe the amount of happy dancing I did (and this was at work, no less!) But now the real work is beginning and it’s bringing the reality with it, which I love! Onward and upward!

Goal Getter

Last time I wrote I talked about how little I felt I was achieving and what I wanted to do for my days off. This is what I outlined for myself:

  • go to the gym at least twice during that period.
  • spend at least two hours to myself in a quiet room with my writing.
  • read for more than half an hour at one sitting.
  • organise to see some friends/family.

While I didn’t reach all of my goals, I have to say that I managed quite a lot of it. I went to the gym once. That was more to do with how the days panned out and things I had planned with my partner (as well as the overly gorgeous weather we’ve been having!) I still think I did quite a bit at the gym and I think that little by little, my stamina is slowly increasing! yay. 

The biggest priority for me was writing over this time and you know what, I got more than the two hours I wanted, I got almost double that and boy did I use it wisely. I wrote over three thousand words and honed down on a part of my novel that I hadn’t quite written yet but knew needed to be in there so I felt really great about that.

I also managed to read for quite a long time. I’ve started reading Sphere by Michael Crichton. I’ve been reading a lot of YA lately and while I love it, I was feeling the need for something different. I read Jurassic Park and quite liked that so thought I’d give this a go. So far it’s proving to be an effortless read which I like!

Also, I managed to spend time with my sister during my time off, my partner, my nephews and my parents. It was lovely. AND … AND the best part about it, I got to go to the soft play! Hehe. I think I enjoy it more than my nephews really. Saying that I came away with a very skinned ankle bone due to a severely scary slide that I’m terrified of that my three year old nephew happens to love *sigh* the perils of being an auntie!

So all in all I enjoyed my time off. I felt it was productive and creative! Let’s just hope I can keep it up.

My next three days off are Mon-Wed. I am meeting someone about starting a new job on Monday which I’m excited about and other than that I plan to:

  • go to the gym at least twice (let’s see if it works this time!)
  • Spend at least two hours to myself writing.
  • Keep on reading!


It seems I haven’t blogged for a while. It’s not that I haven’t wanted to but I’m going through a pretty busy time in my life right now. I’m kind of in between jobs, learning something completely new in a new role doing something out of my comfort zone, all the while knowing that I only have a few weeks left before I’m thrust into something completely new. And let’s not start about the absurdly long hours I seem to have been working.

I’ve missed spending time with my friends. I’ve missed reading. I’ve missed writing. All of that is a big part of my life but I’m finding it so hard to fit in at the minute. But then of course, that can all be seen as an excuse. It’s about MAKING time. That’s the top and bottom of it. I need to set aside an hour here to grab a coffee and settle in with my book (I’m busy reading something by an author I love but I haven’t gotten as into it as her other work because my reading time has come in drips and drabs). I need to escort myself somewhere quiet with my notebook and my drafts and write and edit and do what I need to do. I need to set aside time to see those important people in my life. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not isolating myself but indeed not spending as much time as I would like. I want this to change.

I’m off tomorrow  but working all weekend. My days off are Tue-Thur. I plan to:

  • go to the gym at least twice during that period.
  • spend at least two hours to myself in a quiet room with my writing.
  • read for more than half an hour at one sitting.
  • organise to see some friends/family.

And then I might begin to feel human again!

What am I reading?

Right now, I’m reading a young adult novel called Dollhouse by Anya Allyn. The novel follows the protagonist, Cassie, who moves to Australia from the sunny Florida when her mum gets a new job. She finally feels like she fits in when she meets Ethan, the only problem is, he already has a girlfriend. As she embarks on these new friendships with Ethan, Aisha and Lacey, she finds herself lost amid the mountains of the outback only to realise that she didn’t really know them at all…

I’m about halfway through the novel at the minute and it’s been a good read so far, pretty original. It comes in a series of four books and I’m yet to see if I want to read on to find out what happens in the rest, only time will tell I guess.

I’m also reading The Hobbit again for about the hundredth time! It’s my all time favourite book and no matter how many times I pick it up, there’s always something new in it. I saw the second part of the movie, The Desolation of Smaug in December and I have to say that although it does stray slightly from the book, I really enjoyed it. I think it was one of the best films I saw last year, full of action, intrigue and even a little mixed race romance!

I just recently joined Good Reads… and if you’re interested to see what I’ve read and what I intend to read, please feel free to add me: alicejblack 😀

What are you reading at the minute?