So how’s 2013 treating everyone so far? I have to say I am completely baffled that it’s only the 6th day of the year and there is already blossom on a tree in our garden, very odd! And yesterday I was actually gardening because it was that mild out.
Something else that always baffled me, which kind of ties in with my little road rage rant not so long ago is people who only have one head light on their cars, that vexes me! About 75% of my journey home from work consists of no street lights so when a car is coming towards me with only one light it angers me and I’ve always wandered why the hell don’t they just get it fixed, a bulb is like a fiver which is nothing compared to another car smacking head first into you because he/she didn’t realise you were a car. Well the answer is simple, why would you know unless someone told you? And that’s when I realised I’d joined the world of hypocrisy. As I drove in to the work car park on Thursday morning, a bloke on a bike followed me in. A little weird I thought as it’s a private car park, what was even weirder was the fact he was a litte parculiar, he was rather a little reminicent of Rab C Nesbitt, now take that image and imagine Rab C Nesbitt riding the Wicked Witch of the West’s Bicycle (obviously before she was bright green in the land of OZ, I’m talking the kansas version!). He watched and waited for me to reverse in to my spot, also creepy as he flashed me a creepy smile which made me think of the guy from the Goonies and then rode up to my passenger side window, which I wound down whilst having 999 ready to dial on my mobile. Then the words came out of his mouth, “Did you know you’ve got a head light out”. NOOOOOOOOOOOO, I’d driven to work in the dark with one bloody head light, I couldn’t believe it. I’d also made the most hideous assumptions about the dude on the bike who did a good deed by informing me, other wise I would never have known, well probably untill I’d had the worst look and the police pulled me over but luckily that never happened. While I’m on the subject of other things that vex me while driving I realy should mention suicidal animals, seriously I’m driving along this country road, complete with horror movie quality house and out of nowhere a huge stag comes running out of the adjacent wood, I slam on my brakes and he just stands there starring at me before casually strolling into the field across the other side of the road, I mean the cheek, I nearly kill Bambi’s dad because he had some crazy death wish and then he has the nerve to give me the “Stare”, three mornings later on the same stretch of road, the same thing happens only this time it’s not Bambi’s Dad it’s his Mum, again I slam on my brakes and she stands there and stares at me, clearly the stags wife I’m guessing, then something I really didn’t expect, fifteen other Deer came out of nowhere and began to cross the road behind her, all the time whilst she stood there starring at me, once the last one had crossed she then followed, it really was, truely a spectacular sight.
I have to say it’s moments like that which have really helped with the sequel, I’ve re-written whole chapters purely because I’ve been inspried by my new environment, I would say a change of scenery is definately good for the writter in me. Not that I’m saying everyone should pack up and move to the country but for all you writers out there, I would say a change of scenery once in a while definately helps the Writers block!
At last a three day weekend I can enjoy but what to do? Obviously they’ll be writing involved there always is I decided in the end to continue with the idea that caused my writers block earlier in the week and just let it play out, still working through it but I decided it’s better to have something to work with than not at all. It’s my Brother’s 30th so there’s going to be family things to do (Still want to keep his birthday present I got him!) and of course mine and my partners anniversary, we’ve been together for 7 years now, we keep saying we’re going to sort out a wedding put we keep doing other stuff instead like buying a house, publishing a book, getting promotion (that one’s not me!!!). Weddings are a pretty big deal though aren’t they, well to the guests, we’d be quite happy to elope to Paris and tie the knot in secret but I’m pretty sure we would then be shot the moment we stepped off the Euro Star! (And my mother would probably take the first shot!!!)
Anyway that’s a thought for another day right now I’m more concerned with making the most from this 3 day weekend. I believe a while ago I blogged that I would really love to work with an illustrator as I lack in the necessary artistic skills, maybe I’ll finally attempt something myself this weekend? There’s going to also have to be some serious video gaming going on I have a stack of games for the PS3 and the Wii where I’ve played the first level then ever had the time to go back and finish and with some more pretty awesome games coming out this summer I should really get a move on!!!
And of course time to get some reading done the only problem with that is, I have nothing to read and I’ve been so preoccupied of late I don’t even no what’s out at the minute, I should be ashamed. So I find myself blogging on a Friday night to ask you all, to bare in mind I have the attention span of a toddler but does anyone have any good recommendations???
So I’ve let my imagination run riot for the last two days and have come up with a few rather interesting narrative developments my problem is I’ve kind of written A and B but have no idea about the journey, that’s right I’ve been attacked by “The Block”. I’ve read a lot of writers think writer’s block is a myth, I myself have on occasion concluded that if you have writer’s block then your original idea was never that great in the first place and more often than not scrapped the idea in favor of a new direction. Which I’ve decided is the key, direction. Now I find myself stuck as I refuse to believe this time “The Block” is a result of a bad idea, I quite like this idea but the direction in which to take to get from A to B is what’s causing the block. I think the reason for my most recent conundrum is introducing new characters, in The Break there are six major characters who carry the story and obviously you have a few narrative devices thrown in to move things along and help you get from one place to another, yep that’s what we’re calling the irritating under age drinker at the bar in chapter 11 a “narrative device”!!!! But whilst working on my current project the narrative has been blown wide open and to get from A to B our main characters are going to need a little help, now the readers have had a whole book to get used to The Big 4 (this is what we’re calling them to avoid spoilers!!!) and I have to say I’ve personally become quite attached to them but I find myself writing new main characters for this particular part of the story and neglecting the others which I hate doing.
Basically it’s hard trying to find a balance between keeping my main characters interesting and feeling so inspired to write the new ones that I’m giving them all the action. I guess like I said though, the reader has had a whole book to get used to the others the trick is trying to give a handful of new people depth in half the number of pages but how do you do that? I don’t want my reader to get caught up in the same trap I have and start to forget about The Big 4 and draw the attention away from the main story line but I guess you always have favorites in a story, whether that be the main characters or not or maybe your favorite is the bad dude but hence “The Block” do I continue with my current newly inspired story line or do a attribute “The Block” to just another bad idea???? Oh Decisions, they’re so not a strong point of mine!!
So The Easter Holidays are here! And for me it means my first full week off work since Christmas and it was supposed to be a nice happy relaxing week. It’s only a matter of Weeks until the release of The Break (OMG I’m releasing a Book!) and we were going to go furniture shopping ready to move in to our house but NO, that will not be the plan because the Hell Hounds (see Decisions, Decisions) called up on Tuesday to advise the seller is pulling out, so our Good Friday will not be Good at all and I will now be re-naming it Stressful Mad House Hunting Friday (OR SMHH) from here on in!! Yet as we are a firm believe of everything happens for a reason, I can’t really stay too angry about it (I think I’m trying to convince myself of this more than you guys!!!!)
On the plus side this whole experience has been great for my new little writing venture! I guess drawing on real life experience really does help, especially with the writers block, it’s not so much the experience or situation itself it’s more the emotions and reactions the situation provokes in people. Let’s take the Hell Hounds for example, they’re in a difficult situation by having to tell the buyers (Us) that the seller (Evil Wicked Witch) is pulling out but what do they do? they fill you full of complete and blatantly obvious BS which they have been doing now for two whole weeks. One of my Villains is now based on said Hell Hound for his blatant lack of respect and arrogance. Maybe my next writing project should be a “How not to get screwed over by estate agents whilst buying your first home”!!!
Anyway with all the house drama aside it’s still going to be pretty cool to have some decent time to sit and write and work on my new project whilst I’m waiting for The Break to go live across all formats so in the end the stress is always replaced with excitement!