I have to admit I don't really bother with it. It's too over-commercialised for me. I don't need an excuse to tell anyone I love them. A few too many beers down the pub and I do it any day of the year! But hubby and I do make a token gesture. So we exchanged cards and small gifts and had a sumptuous feast of a frozen pizza, garlic bread and non-alcoholic wine. I know! Who am I and what have I done with KD?
Reason for the lack of time spent preparing dinner and also lack of alcohol being that I'm currently slogging away in the day job working 10 hour days. The plus point of this is that I get Friday off to balance out my hours. So once I have cleared my list of 'Pressing Things To Do' I should be able to get cracking on writing for me and I'm hoping that will spill over into Saturday as well.
I managed to make the deadlines I set myself for the short story competitions and they did exactly what I'd hoped they would; reignite my writing spark, which had been struggling under a bit of a wet blanket...
So what's next? Another short story competition! (Initially...) This one is teaching me a valuable lesson. The short I wrote is currently around 5,000 words. The limit for the competition is 2,200. I'm having to take an axe to my work a little, but it's good. Really good. I can't be precious and I have to be economical with my words, which makes the action and events tighter and leaner. And meaner if I'm totally honest! Well I am writing a thriller, it has to be mean! ;)
I've set a personal deadline now to have my book finished by the 'Crimefest' Crime Writer's Convention in May. It's a most fabulous convention, loads of fun and a great opportunity to mingle and chat with crime and thriller authors from around the globe. If you are going to be in attendance this year, I'll see you there! Details can be found on their website: www.crimefest.com
Right, well I have more than enough to keep me out of trouble for, oooh, around 24 months, so I'd better get cracking! Until next time. KD