Editing, Excitement and Autumn?!?!

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Oh my goodness, as if I just did my blog post, yet again, and pressed publish only for it to post a blank page! So not impressed, actually going to log a complaint this time cos that’s twice in a few weeks that this has happened! Anyway on to the blog post, remembering what I wrote only moments ago as best I can.

It’s lazy Sunday today – the day when you get to laze around on the couch having done all the housework yesterday and spend time with your family. Ealier in the week, it said we were due a mini heatwave with temperatures reaching 16 degrees celcius – looking out of the window I’m pretty sure the old weather people were incorrect! The wind is howling, it’s raining and the clouds are dreary and grey. It’s actually more like Autumn than Spring! Dont’t get me wrong, I love Autumn. Maybe the UK is just skipping spring and jumping straight to summer this year?

It’s been a really exciting week in the world of my writing – my regular readers will know I sent the first three chapters of With Deadly Intent to my wonderful editor, Jenny, a few weeks ago. I’ve been waiting on tenterhooks ever since, wondering ‘will she like it’, ‘will she hate it’, and even whether she would refuse to edit it as it’s so bad. It’s a funny feeling, a few friends and family members have read it in various stages, and I’ve had nothing but positive feedback. But, Jenny is out of my inner circle, officially the first person to read it that isn’t a friend and has loyalty towards me. The first person who could actually condone what I write as being worthy for you wonderful people to read, or to tell me in all honesty not to give up the day job as my writing is crap. So I’ve been pretty nervous about her reaction to my writing. I had an email from Jenny late Friday night, which put all my fears to rest. It was brilliantly positive and encouraging, and apart from minor grammar errors and a little fluff in places it would appear she enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to getting my work back covered in red pen!

Editing is a funny thing. As a writer, when you write a paragraph, or reveal something personal about a character, it becomes a part of you. When you finish writing that first draft, and come to the chopping and changing part, it can be quite difficult to look at your work objectively. I’m so pleased I stepped away from With Deadly Intent to make a start on writing the second book. It allowed me to read my own work with fresh eyes, to pick out the immediate errors but also see where I’ve fallen short in my efforts to get everything done. I’m now thoroughly enjoying revisiting Cass and Alex, and seeing their quirks, strengths and weaknesses. Leaving it for a good while before editing is definitely a worthwhile exercise.

I’ve also had a great social week this week (unusual I know!) My aunt and uncle are visiting so have been spending quality time with them as we don’t get to see each other a great deal. I’ve also managed to spend time with my lovely mum, my patient husband and also my friend Claire. Claire and her son (my god son) took me to a quaint little place in a small village not far from where I live, No 4’s in Sedgefield. If any of you good people wish to visit, it’s just on the main street. Lovely panini, followed later by the most wonderful Blueberry Brulee Cheesecake I have ever tasted in my life, along with great company – it was a truly wonderfuly morning which I hope to repeat soon. It can be quite difficult working full time, writing as often as I can spare time, and still making the time for the people that matter in my life. And I know they don’t mind, each and everyone of my family and friends are so supportive over my writing, but I sometimes don’t show how much I appreciate them. So this is a little show of that – I love you all. You’re all amazing.

Well I think that covers everything (again lol) for this week. I hope you all enjoy your lazy Sunday and have a fabulous week. And thanks, as always, for reading. You’re all great xxx