WHAT I’M READING
I recently finished reading NORTHANGER ABBEY, not the original, but the modern retelling by Val McDermid. If you’re a fan of the original Austen story, you’ll enjoy this book. The structure is the same, chapter by chapter, and all the characters are just as they ought to be. And now I’m reading AN UNGODLY CHILD, by Rachel Green; it’s reminding me a lot of GOOD OMENS, which I loved.
WHAT I’M WRITING (+ WRITING GOAL)
Further to this post from yesterday, I’m diving deeper into short fiction. (Will I ever write those novels? Maybe. But for now…) Four stories, each with a different main element. Goal for the week: do a thumbnail sketch for each of the four stories, to clarify the vision.
WHAT WORKS FOR ME
Setting goals! Or so I hope, anyway. I need to be more goal-focused so I stop frittering away my days. There are things I need to do (I have two editing projects on the go, plus the writing, plus the need to look for a job and holy cow write those cursèd cover letters, plus all the ordinary daily living stuff – shop, cook, eat, sleep, work out, clean, etc.) and most of them don’t get done if I hang out on the internets all day. New goal: apply for one job a day, Monday to Friday. (This assumes there is actually a job i want to apply for on a given day. There isn’t always.)
WHAT ELSE IS NEW
I have been growing my hair out for a couple of years, from über-short to chin-length bob. My hair has been the desired length for a few months now. And I was happy with it. Until, abruptly, I was not. Last week I got a hate on for my ‘long’ hair, and this week I had it cut and now I am full of the joys of short hair. So much faster to wet, wash, rinse, dry, and style! So much more styling versatility than hair that’s long enough to go in your eyes and mouth (ew!) but too short to go into a ponytail! No more knots in drains, hairbrushes, or vacuum cleaners!
The only thing that would make me happier with my hair is to have it boldly coloured again. But I can’t afford that until I get a steady income again. So, back to the job hunt!