It has been a shockingly long time since I updated this blog, which does not bode well for my purpose for writing these posts. My studies at in editing and publishing at UTS have warned that an author with a minimal online presence will fail to secure a publisher. It's all well and good to have a blog and a Twitter account - but you do need some eyes following your text every now and then (Hi Dad!).
My "very scarred" gallbladder is now gone and, along with it, my ability to have maple syrup. I can continue to eat everything else, including that important writing fuel - chocolate. Maple syrup, however, is Kryptonite and should be avoided at all cost.
Despite the fears of my previous entry and despite being unwell for 12+ days, I somehow - somehow! - managed to hit 50 000 words on the last day of March.
I used the Mac software "Numbers" (just like Excel, but with a less excellent name) to take note of each day's total. And then I made a graph that refused to be pretty. The word count consists of a sci-fi/fantasy/romance which began as a terrible tween novella when I was 13 - and creative university assignments.
To get back into things, I chose the easiest task - continuing Nanna's memoirs. A giant batch of lined notepaper, all scribbled upon, arrived courtesy of Australia Post (registered mail, of course) just before my gallbladder threw a tantrum so my work was left abandoned.
Words Learned This Week
(meanings taken from the Macquarie Dictionary - aka the only dictionary Australian writers and editors should be using!)
noun 1. the house and land occupied by a minister or parson, usually of nonconformist churches, as Uniting, Presbyterian, etc.
verb (t) (denuded, denuding)
1. to make naked or bare; strip.
Alyce Caswell is an aspiring writer who apparently lost her mind, threw away a steady job as an office junior and entered the realm of imagination.
She has blamed her accomplice and husband for giving her this most excellent opportunity.
Alyce has written articles, poems, short stories, books
and several embarrassing blogs. She hopes this venture will avoid the usage of cat gifs.
Links of Interest
A Rambling Rover
Alyce's travel blog which features various castles, stone circles and bemused musings about the Northern Hemisphere.