Thursday, March 06, 2014

New Beginnings . . . and Endings

Happy Thursday! Another week . . . and I'm happy to report that spring may have finally sprung in Britain. I have to say, after the rainy past few months, we definitely deserve it. Plus, I've crossed 68,000 words on my new novel and I'm closing in on the end. My first drafts are usually quite sparse, and this one will probably end up somewhere around 73,000. In the second, I'll flesh out characters and add in new scenes . . . it's where the real hard work begins.

Baby TR started nursery this weekend amidst the usual tears and angst (on both our parts!), and I managed to get an amazing amount of work done. I'd forgotten how productive it can be to have a chunk of time to actually write.And I've actually made it around to visit a few blogs, too.  I'm really looking forward to making use of my new time when I start the editing phase, either next week or the week after. While I can pound out first drafts no problem, I really need some good headspace to dive in and edit.

I've also redesigned my website! My old one was a bit of a mish-mash, with lots of information everywhere. I wanted something clean and easy to navigate, so I've created a simple, scaled-down version which covers all the bases. It's now HTML instead of flash, which means it should work on all devices, too.

And next Tuesday, The Pollyanna Plan re-launches! It's so fantastic to give the novel a new lease of life. Fingers crossed it goes well. I received the audio book this week and it was beyond exciting (and strange!) to hear my characters' voices.

So, basically, it's been a wonderful week - apart from the cocktail-induced hangover yesterday, but I won't mention that.

What's new in your neck of the woods?


  1. My how time flies. I think the last I knew of you, you were on your way home for the holidays. Here it is, March. And Baby TR is in nursery. He must be sooo big. However, I remember those days when Monster was finally in school and those precious few hours to myself were manna from Heaven.

    Great to see you.

  2. I'm so jealous that you have spring already! We still have 20 inches of snow, here. Sigh. Spring is a long ways off for us.
    And i love the new website!

  3. Glad the free time is giving you time to write!
    We're still cold here. This is a long winter.
    Simpler website is good. Says the man who's site is complicated...

  4. Congratulations on free time and all the writing success you are having. Spring is happening here in NM, everything budding. It's beautiful

  5. Popped over to the new website... thumbs up! Very fresh and on-trend. How strange it must be to hear other people voicing your characters when you've only ever heard them in your head. Hope nursery is working out ok with no tears - yours I mean ;-)

  6. Yeah for no flash! I like the look pf your website, very festive.

  7. I wish spring would get here, too!

    Looking forward to checking out your newly-redesigned website....

  8. We're still locked in the icy grips of winter, and it's not likely to start warming up for a month.

    I'm loving it, of course.

  9. Looking out the window as I read your comment about spring as it's lashing down and windy here! Hopefully, next week will be better. So glad to hear you're getting so much work done - baby TR will love nursery once he gets used to it all.

  10. Wow, you've been busy! Congrats on the re-launch and the re-design. Enjoy your weekend!

  11. Really Talli, it dosen't seem that long your son was born, now he's at nursery.
    Pleased you are still writing. I am in the process of my third poetry book.
    I have had to start a new blog this week as some kind soul hacked me....again.
    I do hope you can join me,
    Best wishes to you and family and have a wonderful week-end.

  12. Oh yes, that heavenly time when one has time for oneself again. Love my son to pieces but man, I sure loved a bit alone time while he was in pre-school.

    Yay on the success of getting this one well over the hump. Enjoy your editing. Cocktails have quite a punch when you've abstained for a period of time, lol!

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

  13. Baby TR will love his preschool in no time! Must be wonderful having that time when you're able to really focus!

  14. I can't believe how big Baby TR is getting! Hope he makes a lot of new baby friends!

  15. Congratulations on the re-launch of The Pollyanna Plan! And I saw photos of Baby TR on FB...he's big! And adorable.


  16. Hi Talli - amazing that the little soul is at preschool ...and that you have that precious little bit of time. You are doing so so much ... congratulations ..

    And here's to Spring .. it's just lovely! Sunshine, flowers and warmth when the fog's not around! Cheers Hilary


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