I have to be honest with you. My project got lost amidst the chaos of the new journey my writerly self is about to embark on.
I have edited about two pages of my NaNoWriMo novel but a photocopy of my Eva Braun story is still lying dormant on my desk. Both of these stories are crying out for a bit of attention and a red pen. One day. In fact, I shall edit my Eva Braun story and submit it somewhere before the end of the year. That kind of ties in with the new project I’m embarking on and seems perfectly achievable. There we go – a slight variation of an original goal but a goal nonetheless.
Actually, I’m going to set myself another mini -goal: to write a short story before I begin my PhD, before September. Watch this space…
I have done what I originally stated at the start of the year in some ways: I did get a PhD place and I am starting in September. Most exciting. This is partly the reason why my writing has taken a bit of a back seat over the last few months. I didn’t realise the sheer stress of relocating and getting everything together in time. I had six months to get everything in order the last time I checked. Now I barely have two. But it will all come together in the end, I hope.
Also, I’m doing a lot of background research for the stories I’m going to write for the creative element of my PhD. My head is stuck in war-torn Germany. My writely self is most content wandering around behind her best friend Historical Research. She’s taking copious notes, meeting new characters, exploring new settings. I’m expecting her to return any day now and demand I pick up a pen and write down what she has to say. My notebook is waiting.
My nice shiny new notebook isn’t so new or shiny anymore. I have notes in there. I have random lines of that could potential form parts of potential stories. It is all very exciting. I can’t wait to come to the end of the three years my PhD will take and look at these hesitant beginnings and see how far removed they are from the finished piece. I can’t wait to embark on this crazy, stressful creative journey and contribute something to the creative writing community.
So yes, I’ve deviated somewhat from what I originally intended to do at the start of the year but in other ways I’ve come on in leaps and bounds. And, as I’ve said previously, I’m writing a 100% more than I was this time last year. That is good enough for me.