Christmas is upon us, in full force.  I have noticed that it comes earlier and earlier every year.  The Warehouse and Farmers both had their decorations and products out at the end of October.  Is this a result of the recession?  I don’t know, that isn’t the point of this post.

So Christmas is only 17 days away.  From my little isolated corner of the world, it feels like a lifetime away, but I have already found that it has cut into my writing time.  Instead of writing or editing in the afternoon, I have been cruising TradeMe, The Warehouse website and other sites that are available to me as a purchaser in order to avoid the hustle and bustle of the city.  Because I hate the city, and I only live 45 minutes from Nelson, which isn’t really a city, but that is not the point of this post.

Instead of writing, I am looking at torches, Brainboxes, jewellery, skirts, dvd’s anything and everything that could be conceivably given as a gift, because the last thing I want to do is travel into Nelson and actually visit a place, along with hundreds of other people and try and decide what I really don’t want.

The internet has really made Christmas very easy.  Especially sites like TradeMe, where you can type in your search, and something vaguely resembling what you want pops up in the search.  I have managed to find lots of cool presents, including my beloved’s presents, and a couple for my boys.

So how is the writing going?  I actually achieved my two chapters last week, which really did surprise me, because one of the chapters is nearly double what a normal chapter would be.  Going to have some problems with that when I change the format of the book, because instead of chapters, I want to have days, so with some days being full of action, there are going to be some large chapters… still.

Another problem I encoutered was a plot problem that I discovered early on and hoped that it would easily be swept under the carpet, but the glaring flaw in the plot wasn’t going to be so easy to get rid of, so instead I have put it up on KiwiWriter in the hopes that others might have a suggestion or three that might help out.  I do have a formula brewing myself which is making the problem look pretty small, but with the distractions of Christmas shopping, the problem seemed huge, now it doesn’t!

So my goal for this week, two chapters again, and maybe a big push for three.  Hell, why not.  Three chapters this week.  I am determined to stop being so soft on my deadlines and actually start taking them seriously.  My new goal is to finish the editing of the last chapters by Christmas!  And with only 8 chapters to go, I am going to have to really step up to the plate on this one!

Yet Another Distraction…
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3 thoughts on “Yet Another Distraction…

  • December 8, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    wow only 8 to go? you really are getting close! that is so exciting. Well done 🙂
    I loathe and love Christmas. It comes and goes pretty fast in this house most years and will again this year. There will be no decorations until after this weekend. There will be no Christmas shopping until pay day on the 15th, and then bam, ten days later, it’ll all be over and I won’t have to think about it 🙂

  • December 13, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    With realtives and friends dropping by constantly it is almost impossible to think about writing at this time of year. Not that I object to the company, it just means I have to plan for writing after Christmas. Have a good holiday and best of luck with the writing.

    • December 14, 2009 at 7:24 am

      I can go for months and have no visitors, then last week, I had 8 in all, the most ever! Still, I don’t mind be interrupted by friends and family!

      You have an awesome Christmas too.


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