a spoooooky (not really) Halloween post

This week, I've finished a job in one bookshop and gained a (part-time) job in another one; written copious notes for NaNoWriMo (tell me I'm not insane for doing this again, and also, tell me I'll finish it this time); raced through a few of the books that have been stacking up on the bedroom floor; been to Elizabeth Baines' book launch (top night!); ate fried chicken with a couple of lunatics, and got stuck outside my flat for half an hour yesterday because some daft bastard stubbed a fag out in a smoke detector in the hall and the fire brigade had to come out.  Nice.  I did make friends with some neighbour-children who were already in their pyjamas at this stage, and probably quite cold, and I kept thinking, damn, I wish I was in my pyjamas now.  And then soon enough I was able to go back inside and make that dream a reality!  Sadly (though, financially, fortunately) I'll re-enter the working world on Monday and there'll be no more pyjama days.  I could swing pyjama mornings, though, given the shift pattern, so that's a goal to work towards.  That, and getting this draft down on paper by the end of November.  If anyone else is doing NaNo, do add me as a 'buddy'; my name there is ValerieO.

Last Sunday I did my last shift for the Manchester Literature Festival, helping out at the Rainy City Stories panel discussion on writing about place.  Jenn Ashworth, Nicholas Royle and Clare Dudman each read from their work, and then Nick chaired a discussion between the three of them about place and what it means to them as writers.  That was another Top Event, and it's made me think about the way I'm using place in my WIP.  I even have some notes jotted down on a card slotted into my poor, battered notebook.  

I had a flu jab today, and I believe it's a legal requirement to eat Ben + Jerry's after you have an injection.  So I'm going to do that now.  Happy (early) Halloween, internets! And happy (two days early) birthday to my Dublin homie who's soon heading off to live in far away places and who'll be a disenfranchised homie if she doesn't stop threatening to buy me all the seriously sick-making thingummies she finds on Etsy.  Dude, you know who you are. 

10 comments:

Marisa Birns said...

Despite the fact that you can't wear your pajamas to work, it's lovely that you work in a bookshop.

You are one busy bee and, while I'm not doing NaNo, I'll be supporting everyone who is.

Good luck!

Valerie O'Riordan said...

Haha, thanks Marisa! My NaNo attempt was a total washout last year, but I had the (slight) excuse of trying to juggle it with both work and the MA. This year, no excuses!

Anonymous said...

Hi Valerie, I've buddied you on the nano etc thing. Feel low dread waiting for the off. But hope it will help me turn off the the sentence level filters and 'get the mess on the page', edit later. All the best.

Des Mohan said...

Des. Not the creepy sounding Anonymous.

Valerie O'Riordan said...

Ah - the less creepy Des! I've added you too. God help us all..

Rachel Fenton said...

Happy Hallowe'en - best of luck with the Nanomabob and have you considered pjs under day clothes?

Johnny said...

Off topic, but enjoyed your John Siddique piece.

J

Valerie O'Riordan said...

Rachel, you're a genius.

Thanks very much, Johnny!

Susan said...

Doesn't the Nano make you panic and rush it all? You can be my guinea pig, I might have a go next year, let us know if you survive. Good luck.

Valerie O'Riordan said...

It definitely does favour the panic and the rushing! But it's making me plough fast though the horrible blank page stage so that (hopefully) I'll be able to settle into the less awful (though harder) editing phase in the near future. I think the key to the thing is having a plan. Each of my chunks so far are crappy but not excessively off-topic. I hope.