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Tansy Rayner Roberts

The Best Laid Plans

October 30th, 2013 at 11:34

nano13So, I’m doing NaNoWriMo this year which starts THIS FREAKING FRIDAY and I’ve had a completely scattered year with my available writing time shrinking and shrinking into nothing, and my momentum disappearing in a slow plume of smoke.

I had a brilliant plan to start getting up at 6am, to get a clear hour and a half of writing in before my ‘to do list’ brain kicked in and more importantly, the children woke up. I used to do a lot of writing at night but I’m just too tired these days.

It worked for two days. I finally got some serious fiction writing done without interruption! It was a bit of a struggle, and I wasn’t sleeping as deeply if I went to bed earlier, but I was sure it would all work out.

Then today when I got up I noticed that hmmm, it’s a lot lighter at 6am than it was two days ago. I guess that’s what you get as summer approaches…

And 4 year old Jem woke up at 6:14. Gah! Fail.

Still, I don’t see any other way of getting my Great Fairy Steampunk Novel finished, not to mention the stupidly long list of things I was supposed to get finished BEFORE November 1, so I’m going to have to stick with it, and train my children to understand that my parenting doesn’t start until 7:30.

Also today I got to do one of my favourite things – talking about Doctor Who! Lynne, Erika and I just brought some Verity! spark to the ABC, talking to Cassie McCullagh about all kinds of fun Doctor Who anniversary related things. It will be going out on Radio National in November, and then on the special digital channel that the ABC is setting up just for the anniversary weekend. Awww Australia, you are adorable.

Right, that’s enough blogging. I have an hour child-free before the pre-kinder run starts again! Time to write.

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2 Responses to “The Best Laid Plans”

  1. Marina Says:

    Gah, indeed! I feel your pain. Mine are a little older than yours, but still that glorious child-free writing time while they’re at school seems to disappear in errands and life (and admittedly, a certain amount of procrastinating). I had planned to finish my current revision in September, and have all October to plan my Nano novel. Instead October is fast disappearing, revision’s not finished, and I have a great panicking hole where the plot for my next novel should be.

    Gah.

    PS I buddied you on Nano. I’m emeraldfin.

  2. tansyrr Says:

    Thanks, I will buddy you too!

    Children just inhale time. They suck it down and it spins faster and disappears into the distance.

    I did however get my kindergarten schedule letter today. Yeehah!

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