Have you ever had one of those weeks when everything you touch turns into a nightmare?
This has been one of those weeks, full of mini-disasters and nasty complications, starting with my WIP, PayBack. Half way through the second edit, you know the one, where you trawl for all your howling grammatical errors. Removing all the words you have used far too often, along with the ones you shouldn’t have used in the first place. Everything was going well, when I became uncomfortable with the lead character. I had written him in the first person, but it didn’t fit him somehow.
I had a quick look at other crime writers, and almost all of them prefer the third person POV.
I experimented with a chapter, fully expecting to dislike it, but I didn’t. This meant a ton of work needed to be done and right when I thought the end was in sight. Ho Hum.
I was also having more problems with the pc, and then my camera started making weird noises. I thought new batteries would help, but no. I have been saving up for a new pc, so there was no way I could stump up for a camera too. Then I remembered that my borrowed iPad had a built-in camera. I tried it out and was pleasantly surprised to find the quality excellent, so photographs can still be taken, as and when I need to. (Until I win the lottery!)
Have any of you tried to choose a new PC lately?
Not being related to Rockefeller, I have to settle for a refurbished model, but there were so many to choose from and seeing as how I have serious trouble making up my mind at the best of times, it was a nightmare. I have made some really stupid mistakes in the past, so I am caution personified these days. As they say, ‘When in doubt, do nowt.’
But that kind of thinking won’t get the baby a new bonnet, or me a pc that actually does what it says on the tin.
Then something quite remarkable happened.
Something else had been going on in my head, lately. I have always been a craft person, if you know what I mean, and one of my passions are those lovely beaded bonsai trees.
It is all Pinterest’s fault really; they keep sending me images of these wonderful trees. The desire to make one is never far away, but the idea was blossoming, and I knew if I didn’t start now, it might never happen.
My eyesight is a major problem when it comes to craft work, and it isn’t getting any better. On Friday I will find out what they intend to do about it, if anything.
So, going by another old maxim, ‘All work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy,’ I am going to reschedule my time to make way for things other than PC related work.
Working with my hands always frees up my mind to wander where it will, something that just doesn’t happen when wrestling with demonic computers!
So I am hoping for some magic while I am busy creating!