The Wanderer Returns…

The year so far

2021 has been one of those years when life, and not enough hours in the day, have overtaken my writing life. But, I’m getting back into a routine… slowly.

My writing plans for this year were derailed early on. Family health, and my own physical and mental health took priority.

I did manage to get my submission in to The Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers’ Scheme (RNA NWS) with five days to spare for the end of July deadline. It was the first 10k of a 1st draft of novel number 3.

This month I’ve completed the remaining research I need for progressing with novel number 2- the contemporary romance that I submitted into the RNA NWS in 2020 and 2021. Early September I’ll be returning to complete the 2nd draft during this autumn/winter.

I’ve also gathered together my old short stories and flash fiction to see what can be reused, or needs updating. Some have connecting themes, others don’t. I know a few should be ‘left in the drawer’, but others deserve to get an airing. That’s a longer term project at the moment.

The big success this year has been my garden. We put in raised beds last year to grow more fresh vegetables, and to freeze portions for over winter. The exercise has done me good, both physically and mentally.

(I did lose a few plants over that 30-40 degree heatwave, but the rest survived.)

Now, I’m working through my annual update of my websites and checking for broken links. And the same with my social media accounts.

My August leisure activity, has been reading my way through a set of romance novels by Julie Garwood. I have a week to finish my current read, Shadow Dance.

A semi-organised bookshelf…


Writers love books; be they hardback, paperback, audio, or ebooks, we have lots of them. So, I thought I’d share pictures of some of the books in my IKEA Billy bookcases. These may be books for research, general interest, or my fiction preferences. If there’s a story attached, I may share it with you.

Look out for my next post in September…

January Reorganisation…

The Filing Cabinet

I’ve had a large four drawer filing cabinet sat at the edge of my office area for over a year, waiting for me to sort and shift two large archive boxes out of the way and to move the other small units into the gap.

Then, I had to rethink my original plans. I checked online to see if putting the broadband router on top of a metal filing cabinet was okay. As I didn’t want the rest of the family complaining they weren’t getting a Wi-Fi signal, I moved the cabinet sideways four inches and back the same amount.

Well, you know what it’s like: you start shifting things, old paperwork emerges that needs shredding, and random stationary lying around. And once you start you decide you have to get it finished…

Outside Distractions

Building work is ongoing next-door to us, and the scaffolding had to be put on our side of the fence, so my view out the window for now is pipework. The roof structure is in place, but the required wood cutting was noisy.

During the winter I often have a spider’s web visible outside my window- obvious in the early morning when there’s frost or dew. For now, the web is coated with sawdust and I think the spider may have abandoned it. No insect is going to blunder in when they can see the web clearly outlined.

But it does create a photo opportunity.

Spider’s Web revealed…

Folders with bits of paper in; the exciting aspect is I’ve found a hand-written old short story that I no longer had the Word document for- lost because it hadn’t been backed up when my Windows 7 computer died- many years ago. Also, random lines of dialogue, a story summary, and odd paragraphs of short stories never written. All now safely in my filing cabinet for future use.

This week

There’s two large cork boards to be hung on the wall. They’re my image boards for the novels. I’ve got the hooks for hammering into the wall, but I won’t be doing that until I’ve got the spirit level.

Even though things look straight to me, they always tilt to the left if I try to fix the hooks without checking!

Busy weeks ahead…

Happy New Year…

A brief post before I finish for the day.

It’s been another difficult year for the world, but as ever, we’ve made it to another New Year’s Eve. That’s reason enough to celebrate.

I wish you all the best for 2022.

Carol. x

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