new excuses and an update

New excuses for lack of posting:

Nanowrimo.  Though that's an old excuse.  I'm a little behind right now, though perhaps (ha!) Ill catch up tonight; otherwise it's been very full-on.  I'm up to about 32k in my seat-of-the-pants novel rewrite, and some good ideas have popped up in the midst of the all the panicky daft ones.  I'm making notes as I go, too, and I'm happy with my progress.  This was never going to be a long-long-long novel, and I think I'll have a reasonable working wordcount by the time I get to the end of this.  Less than two weeks to go!

Bookmunch.  I've been sneakily in charge of this for a couple of weeks while the real Mister Bookmunch is away.  I haven't gone totally mad with the power yet, but there's still time.  Let's all monitor the situation, shall we?

Reading. I've been slush-pile sifting for a story competition, and it's been very interesting so far (lots left to do); there's nothing like reading story after story after story after story to help you get a sense of what works and what doesn't work, what's overused, what's cliched, what's somebody's personal hobby-horse rather than an interesting story idea.  It's kind of eaten up all my evenings, but I love it.  I'd adore to be paid to read stuff for an actual job.

Well, there's the excuses, and now for the update:  I totally left you dudes hanging last week, didn't I?  Last time I was about to get my MA results; this time, I have my MA results!  And I passed the thing with a Distinction - hooray! I don't think the marks on these things really matter much (easy for me to say, now I'm sitting pretty, I know) because a grade isn't going to get me a publication deal or get the book finished.  But for a details-obsessed control freak like myself, it's a tick off the List, and I'm very happy.  And my classmates all did really well too, and a round of applause for them, please!  All's well that ends well, and all the rest.  And now, Will Smith's on TV, and then it's NaNo and slush and dinner and bed.  See y'all next time.

7 comments:

Sarah Hilary said...

Congratulations on the MA with Distinction, Valerie!

Valerie O'Riordan said...

Thanks, Sarah! :-)

Susan said...

You did keep us waiting. Well done you! I'll raise a glass of beer to you over from Stockport. Cheers!

Valerie O'Riordan said...

Sorry, Susan! :-) Cheers right back at you!

Carola Huttmann said...

Many congratulations on the fab MA result. Good luck with NaNoWriMo.

Sandy Calico said...

Congratulations! x

Valerie O'Riordan said...

Thanks, Sandy! Hope you and the boys are well. x