Monday, August 25, 2008

Rat Race

Back to the grindstone today. Each word is like blood from a stone (I'm checking the word count every ten minutes) but it's inching its way towards the final 8500 word mark.

Eventually I passed my 1000 word target, and with a sigh of relief I focused the little creative fuel I had left to update my CV. I stared blankly at the screen while my swiss-cheesed brain tried to recall what I had actually done in my last job. I only left seven months ago, should I be worried?

The CV, finally complete, was winged to the lovely recruitment agent who took such good care of me all those months ago. She was so optimistic about my job prospects that my spirits were positively cheery afterwards. Not even the heavens opening during my walk could dampen it.

My living room is still my office until I get back from Barcelona though, so I'm going to take full advantage of sleeping in until 9 am and lounging around in my pjs.

13 comments:

Pat Posner said...

Happy lounging, Yvonne!

Angie said...

Well done completing 1000 words and updating your CV!
Does that mean you're planning to start a job after you return from Barcelona? How time flies!
I'm also curious to know whether you plan to start submitting to agents when this edit is finished.

JJ said...

Oh most of my days I'm wringing the words out... I just write and think really slowly. 1000 words if really fantastic - and getting your CV done is brilliant.

Annie Bright said...

Congratulations on completing 1000 words and getting your CV out! So productive!

SpiralSkies said...

You're doing really well - I found it really hard to wring the words out when I had all day to do it. I actually wrote more when I went back to work.

Are you going to temp again before another bout of writing? And I'm keen to know the answer to Angie's question too. And if you need a guinea pig reader... (not that I'm any good at reading guinea pigs - would rather read your stories).

Yvonne said...

Pat, thanks!

Angie, I am hoping to start work when I get back from holibobs, and I'll probably submit to a literary consultancy when I've finished this edit - I'll start a novel then too.

JJ, I've found that I've speeded up since I've started writing, but the odd place still sees me struggle.

Annie, it's not like me at all!

Jen, that's great to hear, I was hoping the same would happen to me too. I get the most done in the first hour anyway. Thanks a million for the guinea pig offer, will definitely consider it when I get my literary consultancy report back!

Pat Posner said...

How did THAT happen?
Half my comment disappeared! I gave you a gold star for the 1,000 words - in words, not a picture!

Yvonne said...

Jen, I meant to add - I will be temping again, hopefully for a year if I can get it.

Pat, thanks for the gold star, I love 'em!

HelenMH said...

I had my first day working from home in my new job today, and I was so tempted to stay in pyjamas. In the end I made myself get dressed though in an attempt to focus!

Ariel said...

Ah... working from home, in PJs. :-) [Writing IS work!] In a previous [corporate] incarnation, I remember working in my tiny home office draped in one big expanse of Balinese fabric one VERY hot summer. My interlocutors in the City were none the wiser though!

Yvonne said...

Helen, I had to get dressed in outside clothes today to accept delivery of a parcel and I was raging!

Ariel, I should have said paid work! Sounds like you've found the perfect solution to working in hot temperatures...

marmiteandtea said...

Sounds productive to me! Your so close to the end too, how exciting!

What a pain having to get up, hope the parcel was worth it!

Debs said...

That sounds very productive to me.

After a few great days with the word count, my brain seems to have siezed up at some point yesterday.