I've been a lazy blogger...

... though Google Analytics is trying to cheer me up by saying that nobody's even paying attention anyway.  So, what have I been doing? Writing, deleting, rewriting, deleting, ad infinitum; the general idea for the novel is solidifying, even if the words aren't accumulating as quickly as I'd like.  This morning's work lost its gloss by lunch-time; tomorrow I'll have another crack at it.  I've also been doing a bunch of reviews for Bookmunch and trying to catch up on my Christmas books: I'm really savouring Wolf Hall right now.  I usually read very quickly but sometimes it's luxurious to make something last.  I'll be sorry when I've finished this one, though I've got plenty of exciting things to take its place.

University starts up again next Monday, so I'm also trying to get ahead on the reading for that.  The primary texts are okay: the course is Contemporary Fiction, and there's only two novels on the list that I haven't read before.  Although I will reread most of the others, they're almost all books I really enjoyed the first time round, which makes the whole process that bit more pleasurable.  What I'm doing now is getting started on the secondary reading - there's books and essays galore, many of which focus on the publishing industry and culture - the rise of the British book prize is something we're looking at near the start of term - and so it differs substantially from the usual lit-crit fare.  Exciting times.

I've got a couple of short pieces due to be published in the next couple of weeks - more on that as and when they appear - but otherwise subbing has dropped back to pre-Christmas levels; but that's okay - the novel is the thing at the moment.  That, and, well, watching Glee over and over and over and over, which is what I'm going to do, again, right now.  Bye. 

2 comments:

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Best of luck with the novel, Valerie. It's a slog but worth it eventually(!).

Valerie O'Riordan said...

Thanks, Nuala!