Of course, there’s a disadvantage with pen and paper

I had a stack of notes, a page for the overall story arc, a page for each section, and a few pages of characters. Loose sheets for sticking to walls when I needed them.
Had is the operative word here.

I also had a pint of squash, but when the pair came together across the kitchen table I lost both. When I write on my computer, I save to my external hard drive and to Google Drive in the same action. I should back up more, but the only computer problems I’ve actually had have been losing small backups (I have memory sticks everywhere, but never the one I need) and just not having computer access. It’s a lot harder to put down a computer and forget where you left it, or spill a pint of liquid over it.

Rule 1: Backup. And then backup again.
Rule 2: Backup some more.

I should know this. The last ten years have been the sort of years where losing my work would be a Very Bad Thing. GCSEs, A levels, degree, ten years of NaNoWriMo, living overseas for six months, really not a good time to lose things irretrievably. So all my work stuff is in one attaché case, the journal I keep my notes in, my business plan, even my passport.

Yeah. I’ll just, um… Go and fix that. And get out a really big piece of paper to redo all my plot notes.

What I’ve Been Doing

I’ve been a very busy girl. A very busy and slightly nervous girl. A couple of months ago, I blogged about starting a business. I’ve mentioned it a few times since then, but everything was waiting on the flat sale. The flat sale went through a couple of weeks ago, and as a result everything has started trundling again. As a result, I am now bursting onto the internet like a sparkler. Continue reading

This is not an easy horse to remount

Blogging is a habit I find it very, very easy to get out of. I make plans too far in advance, and then a couple of days throws them out. A couple of months, and now I can’t even remember what my blogging plan was. There was writing, and there was Tuesday Toolsday, I think? I probably blogged it somewhere. Now I’m staring up at the mountain, wondering how to get back to the base camp I fell from. Don’t worry, though. I have a cunning plan. Continue reading

Morris dancing!

It’s Friday, but link-dump coding is beyond my abilities with a touchpad. I used to do all sorts of coding, but I had everything I really needed saved in a document ready for use. Ho hum. Anyway.

So yes, the issues are continuing. As a break from tidying and bashing my head against my buyers’ solicitors, we’re going over to Leeds to watch the Dancing England Rapper Tournament. It’s the national competition for a style of sword dancing from the North East of England, and it’s absolutely amazing.


On the breeding habits of junk

Operation ‘get those wasps out of my bedroom with extra swear words!’ has sort of ground to a halt. We’ve been sorting through the empty bedroom, because it’s actually full of stuff we never look at and need to get rid of, and have a couple of people interested in taking it for car boot sales. Unfortunately, the stuff seems to have multiplied to fill the room, so we have nowhere to tidy to. This means I can’t sort through my bedroom, so I still can’t get to my computer and can’t get to the floor to get at the wasps. 

Oh, and we’ve still not completed on my flat sale.

So yes, computer access is limited at the moment, hence very little writing and even less blogging. I’m back to pen and paper, which is not great for getting things online, but is actually easier for using pretty colours. The business is trundling towards its launch, and whilst trying to empty the house of some stuff I’m accidentally filling it with other stuff.

See you on the other side of this mountain of Things.

All hands to the pump

All plans apart from housework might need to go on a back burner for a while. Last night my cat found a wasp under my bed, and it’s the fourth in the house so far this year. Cat is fine, wasp is dead, but I think we’re going to have to strip out my bedroom and take up the floorboards to make sure there’s not a nest under there.


Any advice, WordPress? Apart from ‘don’t let the cat out of our sight’.

Plans Develop


Today I went for my writing group in town, and then to the far end of the valley for a drop in season on starting a business. The two were connected, loosely, and next week is going up with business related appointments.

I’m hoping that by the end of next week I’ll have exciting news, and more progress on my stories, which have gone by the wayside somewhat.

In the meantime,  tomorrow is my mum’s birthday celebration day out, because the market she wants to visit is shut on Sunday. I probably won’t get a lot done for the next couple of days, as a result, but what’s new?