It only seems like a couple of weeks ago that I wrote my post about how to find time to write during the summer holidays! And already, half term is here, and with it that old pressure to find time to work while looking after a lively and engaging six-year-old. I’m going to be re-reading my own advice!

I seem to have a lot on my plate again, all of a sudden. Here is a list of my projects on the go right now (in no particular order):

  • Write an outline for my MA novel, ready to start writing for NaNoWriMo
  • Write at least 50,000 words of said MA novel in November
  • Complete an index for City & Guilds by 27th November
  • Attend the Indie Author Fair in Chorleywood on 16th November
  • Work on my teaching creative writing assignment for the MA, which includes finding somewhere where I can run a course of creative writing workshops
  • Go on tour with Flora Lively: Murder at the Maples on 1st November (more on that tomorrow)
  • Keep up with my FutureLearn courses
  • Keep up with the blog and general promotions etc

Phew, I’m knackered just looking at that lot. It won’t come as any big surprise to hear that I’ve decided to postpone the launch of A Date With Death – sorry to anyone who was looking forward to reading it in November. Hopefully it will be out in December, but I’ll keep you informed.

So, an exciting and jam-packed November to come. Most of all, I’m looking forward to doing NaNoWriMo. (Be my buddy on NaN0 – click here.) This will be the first year I’ve had a really, really good reason to complete it – I need to get a wriggle on with my Masters novel, which is due in by the end of March next year. I’d love to have a word count update on the blog – does anyone know of a WordPress plug-in that will do that?

What have you guys got planned for half-term?

Memories of the summer hols - a me and hubby selfie taken at Criccieth beach
Memories of the summer hols – a me and hubby selfie