Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Snore Snore - Stab Stab

Mr Xbox snores.   If this keeps up he may become Mr Exbox. 

I'm usually quite a light sleeper and it takes me quite some time to get to dreamland, so the things keeping him alive me asleep and still sane are half a tablet of an over the counter antihistamine sleepy tablet and ear plugs.

I can't afford this lack of sleep.   I'm still trying to get one of my novels ready to publish by June, rewrite my Nano novel, write my monthly picture book and I've just signed up for a Chapter Book Challenge with Imagine! Create! Write! for March (hopefully). 

Umm, oh and there's also child care, housework, cooking, whatever.   (Where is my four year old?  Oh, watching TV.  Awesome parenting right there!  I might just throw some more chips at him while I'm at it!)

Did I mention the exercise thing I'm still trying to do?  That's right - I didn't.

Anyway, not sure what to do about the snoring.  We don't have a spare bedroom for me to escape to for some silent solitude, or for him to escape being stabbed to death by a sleep deprived wife.  

(As I was writing this post my hubby asked me if he could buy a Sony PS Vita.  I said he could.  Then he said 'Honey, they are $500.  I was joking.  Are you thinking straight?'.  Then I said, "I'm actually writing a post about sleep deprivation."  Funny that!)

So it would appear this post has been brought to you by Restavit and silicon ear plugs.   Sorry for the nonsensical rambling.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Letting my Baby Out (my book I mean. Kids, you stay with me)

It's been a busy couple of weeks.   I managed to complete my first draft for 12x12 in 2012 and I'm still rather gobsmacked at how that got done.    I went with the food stealing animals idea from lovely commenter, Alison from this post.   By the time I had worked out how I was going to do it,  the draft took about fifteen minutes - love it when that happens.    My picture books (however rare they are) are usually written this way - weeks of deliberation; fifteen minutes of actual writing. It's almost an anti climax!   Editing however is a whole other story which may come out at a later date.

The other biggie was that I finally gave away all 345 pages of Flirting With Magick to others to read.  So far so good.  There will be more on that when I get my critiques back before the next rewrite.  But I have been told they 'can't put it down' which I assume is a good thing, unless it  has been accidentally superglued to their hands and they literally can't put it down.  Then that may not necessarily the feedback I require.

I swear allowing others to read it was one of the hardest things I have done - it would have been easier to give away one of my kids.  Or give birth three times over, all over again. 

And then I remembered that books are meant for other people whereas my kids are to stay with me.  Damn!

Must make a mental note of that!