Monday, 29 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  For unpublished writers, perhaps they don't seem so important and, as such, are easy to move or ignore altogether!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!

En la escritura, como cualquier otra cosa, los plazos son partes del trabajo. Para los escritores no publicados, tal vez los plazos no parecen tan importante y fáciles de mover o ignorar por completo! Pero los plazos autoimpuestos son tan importantes como los que establecido por un editor. Incluso pueden ser mas importante, para mantener la escritura en la pista. Sin duda, eso ha sido mi experiencia con mi libro actual, que terminé esta mañana, justo en el blanco :)  Por alguna razón, esta historia fue la más difícil que he escrito, a pesar de que no debería haber sido, y me preguntaba si iba a llegar a la Final! Todavía hay un poco de edición para hacer - aunque espero no demasiado, ya que tiendo a editar en el camino - pero la satisfacción de terminar Libro Numero Cinco es una gran sensación, que hace a comenzar del Libro Número Seis incluso más de un incentivo!

Monday, 15 June 2015

Out and about yet again!

XH558   (c) NAC
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 home of industrialist David Davies and now a country house hotel.  It is set in beautiful surroundings, between Newtown and Llanidloes and even though it's just off the main road, you forget all about the outside world when you turn into the tree-lined driveway and go up the hill to the house.

It's not a huge nor an ostentatious house, but rather grand with a quiet and unassuming dignity, and far reaching views over the Welsh hills. It has a small museum too, telling the history of the family, and the personal articles dotted all around made me feel that not only was I inside a family home, but that they were all still there!

Price of the visit also included afternoon tea on the lawn which, surrounded by stunning gardens, was serenity itself.

Back to reality now and gearing up for an early start on the book tomorrow morning.  Five thousand words away from the HEA, I plan to finish it well before the RNA  conference in July, held this year in London, and looking forward to getting an editor's critique in the one-to-one sessions on what has been a difficult book. But no pain, no gain, as they say . . . !   

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