Tuesday 12 October 2010

Really Random Tuesday

Well this week, finds me looking forward to a quieter week than last.  What with the book club, lots of children coming to tea, an art day at school and a whole day at the weekend spent in search of the elusive swimming costume, I have cleared this week free in order to concentrate on my writing.

What is with swimming costumes, we move into the month of October and you can't find one anywhere! The girls are taking top up swimming lessons at school and had to wear appropriate swimwear. I assumed bikinis would be out of the equation and spent all day Saturday trying to find them sensible swimwear. It was a tough search, but eventually we ended up with rather sensible navy blue ones, much to the girl's disgust. They were hoping pink, purple or even a nice multicolour pattern, but oh no, the matronly navy blue ones were all we could find.

We then spent Sunday at school ( I know school on a Sunday! Madness, I say, madness) participating in an Art Day.  We got to make lovely miniature scrap pages for the flying books which are making their way around West Sussex. They are no bigger than a pocket diary and each page has to be decorated by a different person according to the theme of the book. There were about 12 books and the themes ranged from A Book of Black and White, to A Book of Fashion and lots of others. It was really good fun and I am tempted to get a set for the girls to do at home with their friends. Unfortunately I forgot to take my camera, so I can't show you the ones we made, but if you click on flying books above, you will get a better idea of what they look like.

My writing was going well until the weekend when life just go too busy, so I am about 3,000 words behind in my writing. I hope to spread those out over the next few days in order to keep up and not lose momentum.  It is horrible, when you just don't have time and the words then accumulate onto the next day. It doesn't help the novelty and excitement for the first week is wearing off and every thing feels like an effort, but I refuse to give up. I made a commitment to myself to do this and I won't let myself down.

I have just started reading Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger, which is my book club read and all I can say is, why haven't I read this sooner. I have even put Mockingjay to the side, which is a bit of a shock as I have loved The Hunger Games series, but there are lots of twists already in the plot and I am desperate to know the truth.  I finished Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan and really enjoyed it. I found the first part a little boring, but once the main character moved to New York, I was completely absorbed in the story.

Anyway, must crack on, I have a few thousand outstanding words to type.  Wish me luck.


  1. I certainly sounds like you had a busy week last week. I hope this week gives you more "me time".

  2. Good luck -- you are doing GREAT :)

    Oh -- and I love the flying books! Such a creative, fun idea.

  3. Yikes, Vivienne! I'm exhausted just reading about your last week. I do hope this week really is a bit tamer for you and you can get yourself caught up. Good luck. :D

  4. Keep on writing :) And sometimes there is just time, but you will catch up again

  5. Good luck getting back on the writing horse!! 3000 behind is not so bad. Keep up the good work!

  6. Good luck with the writing. Try not to worry about the word count - it is quality, not quantity that counts. :-)

  7. Sounds like you are keeping busy! You've now got me officially wanting to read Her Fearful Symmetry. I've considered it in the past but honestly never really looked into it somehow. Hmmm...

    Good luck with the writing - you can do it!

  8. Diane - so do I!

    Molly - the flying books are ideal for school. I would definitely have used them if I was still teaching.

  9. Debi - it is exhausting just thinking about it.

    Blodeuedd - I hope so. I am hoping for a clear day tomorrow with no interruptions.

    Amanda - I just hate being behind. Must catch up tomorrow.

    Farmlane books - I know, I really just want to get he back bone of the story down.

    Jen - what I have read so far has been very good.

  10. Vivienne, if you are going to school on Sunday, you must be really busy. It's easy to get sidetracked, but I'm sure you'll be able to catch up in your writing before too long. Thanks for doing Really Random Tuesday again!

  11. Good luck with your writing!

    Finding seasonal wear can really be a pain! I'm glad you guys at least found something, too bad about its matronly-ness.

    We've had similar problems finding winter jackets, which don't go on sale here until late October/early November - and the rains start in September. Then after a couple of months they disappear from the store - evidently no one here gets cold in March. :) (Ok, so they do have winter parkas at the outdoor shops if you want to spend over $100, but I'm not spending that on something my kid will grow out of in a few months.)

    Every year it's an issue. It's also hard to find backpacks after the first few weeks of school. Last year we had to order a replacement backpack on amazon when my son's broke.

  12. I have a feeling I'll ask myself the exact same when I finally get to Her Fearful Symmetry. Best of luck with your writing, Vivienne!

  13. Wow, you sure are busy Viv! Good luck with your writing.

  14. Sounds like you've been busy Viv! It's always something, isn't it? lol

    good luck with your writing :)


  15. Hello there, busy woman! Good luck with all that you're trying to do and I'll be in the background supporting you. *GRIN*

  16. Suko - my pleasure. One of my favourite posts evey week.
    Forgot to put your name in though. Sorry!

    Alyce - we have that too. I am struggling to find new school shoes as they seem to disappear off the shelves the day after school starts back. It really is frustrating.

    Nymeth - so lovely to see you back. I hope you are settling in Ok and the UK isn't sending you running to escape.

    Naida and Dar - thank you.

    Alice thanyou too.

  17. I feel your disgust about the swimming suits---I live in the Seattle area, where summer usually really doesn't begin with any kind of real heat until after our July 4th holiday...yet the swim suits come out in the stores in March during our usually very chilly and wet spring when NO ONE is thinking about swimming. By July when we can actully envision ourselves swimming, there is not a decent suit on the store shelves. It drives me batty~ So glad you found something appropriate and lived to tell of the experience...I know what shopping with daughters can be like. :)

    I must say that now you have my interest piqued in Fearful Symmetry---I purchased it a while ago but have not cracked it open. I was going to read it for RIP challenge but chose other books instead. I look forward to further comments from you regarding the book

    Happy...whatever day it is where you are...

  18. Kim - it is nice to see that this style of shopping is a worldwide event. Perhaps we need to start an online shop selling the type of things that you can never get hold of out of season. You must read Her Fearful Symmetry - it is really good.Definitely ripe for this time of year.


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