Showing posts from June, 2015

The value of deadlines

In writing, like anything else, deadlines are part of the job.  For unpublished writers, perhaps they don't seem so important and, as such, are easy to move or ignore altogether! But, in many ways, self-imposed deadlines are every bit as important as those an editor or publisher sets you.  They may even be crucial because they are often the only thing that is keeping your writing on track. This has certainly been my experience with my current book, which I finished this morning, right on target :)  For some reason, this story has been the most difficult one I've written, even though it shouldn't have been, and stuck on Chapter 5 not so long back - and stuck not once but twice - I wondered if I'd ever get to The End!  There is still a bit of layering and some editing to do -  though hopefully not too much as I tend to edit along the way - but the satisfaction of finishing Book Number Five is a great feeling and makes starting Number Six even more of an incentive!

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Out and about yet again!

June is turning out to be a busy month - a new job, a writing deadline and lots of interesting things going on.  This weekend I went to the Welshpool Air Show and, as usual, it was a fabulous day.  Just small enough to feel intimate but big enough to feel there's really something going on, and the day just flew (how could I resist that pun!) The weather held, the air displays were breath-taking and the skill and enthusiasm of the pilots, both civil and military, was justly appreciated by the 10,000 or so crowd. 

The amazing aircraft  included the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, with Spitfire, Hurricane and Dakota, the Eurofighter Typhoon (my ears are still buzzing) and - the highlight of course - the Avro Vulcan XH558, in what is probably her last flying year :(  Awesome is such an overused word but seeing this graceful and iconic aeroplane overhead was truly awesome . . . and then some!

Then today, as part of the Gregynog Festival, I went to visit Plas Llandinam, former…