I had a gorgeous stretch off work. Two whole weeks where I figured I’d get a good deal of writing done. I had a novel to edit, a novella to do one final read through before I sent it off to the proofreader, and a few short stories to update. Hmm, well, I got the novella off to the proofreader.
This July was the first time in years I hadn’t organised a trip away. Since I was staying home, it seemed logical I’d be able to get my many jobs done. Then Ireland got its first real summer since I can remember. I was probably a child the last time the country saw endless days of sunshine and not a single drop of rain. So, I’m blaming my lack of writing and editing progress on the weather.
I can’t complain. I had a lovely two week break. My sister and her kids came over a lot. We chilled out in the back garden while my nieces played in the paddling pool. I got to read some books and sip a few ice cold beers in the sun.
I took a trip into town one day armed with a bottle of water and my camera. While online recently browsing book cover design sites, I found a piece of artwork that made me think of a novel I started writing all the way back when I was 18. I finished that novel the summer after my final year in school, just before I started college. On a whim, I contacted the designer and purchased the art to use as my book cover. I thought to myself, I’ve got a book that’s been lying in a drawer for more than ten years and now I’ve spent money on a book jacket. I should really pull it out and see if it can be salvaged. I’ve started the arduous re-writing process. The book is set in Cork and Boston. Last week, I headed into town to take photos of some of the places in my hometown that feature in the book. It was fun, and I got to avoid the actual re-writing part. 🙂
And now it’s back to the day job. Oh to win the lottery and quit. How’s everyone else’s summer going?