I hope you have had a good week. Spring has finally arrived and the joy I feel is unbelievable. I cannot get over how hard this winter has been and how long it went on for. I know I have no reason to moan, as a lot of you have had constant snow for months, but I just don't cope well with cold anymore. My mother kindly reminded me that at eighteen I thought nothing of going out in the middle of winter, with hot pants and a sleeveless body covered only by a short suede jacket. Now I do layers, I mean, lots and lots of layers, so I end up looking like the Marshmallow man in Ghostbusters.
I managed to go on a really long walk this week, which totalled at 10 and 1/2 miles. It was all along the beach and thoroughly enjoyable. I got to see the actor Martin Clunes filming on our beach, which is always a novelty to see. I didn't realise how popular our beach was for filming. The day after the walk, was a bit of a killer, I actually woke up with my stomach going into spasms where I had walked so much. It was like leg cramps but in my stomach. The best bit was I went to get weighed the next day at Weightwatchers and only lost a measly 1/2 a pound, all that effort for nothing.
Reading wise, I have had a good week. I managed to finish and review Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe. I also finished The Book of Tomorrow and nearly finished The Book Doctor which both count towards two different challenges - The Bibliophillic Challenge and the Take A Chance Challenge, where I needed to read two books with the same word in the title.
I also managed to finish reading No Plot? No Problem by Chris Baty and I have to say it was one of the most helpful books I have ever read to help with my writing. It made me realise that it didn't matter if my first draft was pants, because every one's first draft is pants. It is about getting the story down and then working on it after. With that in mind, I have furiously been writing and have clocked up 23,000 words in the last couple of weeks. At the moment, I wouldn't even let my dog read it, as the quality is really rather bad, but I am really confident that I will get there in the end. Through the book I have discovered ways to chain my inner editor to the wall and not let her out until first draft is finished. I have worked out how to kick the procrastinator's butt and turn her into a super writing machine. If you are considering writing, then I really would suggest reading this book, to help you jump head first into the writing pot.
I won an Amazon voucher this week over at Melissa's Bookshelf and couldn't wait to buy some books with it. I haven't received them yet this week, but I will show them when they arrive.
Well I am hopefully off for a bit of retail therapy today, doubt I will get much reading done until this evening.
Have a great day.