Thursday, 7 August 2014

Lazy Days

I've been meaning to blog for a while, but it's somehow fallen by the wayside... I have no excuse other than laziness: I've spent the past 3/4 weeks doing absolutely nothing. I've missed deadlines I meant to meet (nothing important, just competitions I would have liked to enter) and apart from generating a couple of story ideas, have done very little writing.

My excuse is that I needed to recharge. I haven't been ultra-busy, but doing a bookkeeping course from May to July took a lot out of me. I've also spent rather more time than usual socialising this year — April involved a hen weekend (for which I made a teddy bear cake!), May included lots of 30th birthday celebrations and June another birthday and a wedding. Having anxiety can be exhausting at the best of times and although I loved being with my friends, it sucked a lot of energy out of me.

I'm also trying to spend some time thinking about my next moves. An unexpected opportunity has come my way and I need to figure out how to get the best out of it: I've been offered mentoring via the fabulous WoMentoring Project. I'm thrilled to have been chosen by Emylia Hall — I had to wait a day to reply to her email because I was so excited I couldn't think straight! 

The trouble with not having expected to be chosen is that I haven't done a great deal of thinking about the mentorship since submitting my application. I've never been the type of person to attract mentors; I'm socially awkward rather than charming and while some tutors/lecturers seemed to like me, I was never confident enough to ask for their help. I'm still kicking myself for not getting more feedback throughout my MA by attending office hours, though I was too an xious. Hence I'm glad that my mentorship will be via email!

My writing goals have shifted a little and I need to recalibrate. I've been focused on getting published for so long that now I'm going to have a short story published in October, I'm not entirely sure what's next. The biggest questions surround my novel-in-progress and the short story markets I ought to target. I need to think about the direction I want my writing career to take and the type of writer I want to be. And if that involves lazing in the sunshine, it's just something I'll have to cope with!

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  1. Congratulations on the mentorship, and on the story to be published in October! Those are both very exciting things.

    I also understand the non-blogging. I took an unplanned week of (this week). Time to recharge is very important!

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    1. Thank you :-) the trouble is, my recharging often seems to take too long!

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  2. Congratulations on the new mentor; that sounds great and you'll have the opportunity to talk about writing with someone who loves it as much as you do. In terms of the short story market, you could check out Poets and Writers Magazine; if it's not available where you live, then you could check out their website (www.pw.org). It includes a list of literary magazines that publish short stories.

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    1. Thanks :-) Part of the problem is the more markets I find, the more confused I get about which ones are best for me...

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  3. Congratulations on the mentorship, Hayley, and enjoy the sunshine too. Time spent thinking and recharging is just as important as time spent writing. x

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    1. Thank you :-) I'm a bit wary of the recharging taking longer than the actual writing, though!

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  4. That's great news about gaining a mentor, Hayley, and the short story success. But we all need time to recharge (as Joanna says) - I've not been doing so much actual writing this past month but I'll get back to it eventually.

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    1. Thanks :-) I don't feel quite so lazy now!

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  5. Congratulations on the mentor Hayley, that's marvellous news. I always see the summer months as the perfect time to switch off, recharge and take a look at what steps to take next. I haven't posted anything on my blog for a couple of weeks, I do feel a bit strange as I've religiously posted weekly for a year and a half, but holidays (or taking a time-out) are precious. Instead of writing I've been walking my legs off in Barcelona and am now chilling out with my children in Somerset. I may not be posting but my mind is ticking over and I've come up with some fabulous story ideas (strangely they involve sexy Spanish men! lol) Enjoy your time-out x

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