Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Conquering the Impossible

Obvious things aside, I have had a fabulous Bank Holiday weekend and I'm still off work until next Monday. It proved to me that I can take a break to watch a movie (in the afternoon - gasp! And I did it Sunday and Monday), I can clean out sheds and cupboards and fill skips, I can do the garden, I can go out shopping (recreation not necessities) and still get some writing done. Maybe, I'll be a little less obsessive about my writing time (ie every spare minute) from now on - then again, maybe not.

Currently working on a short story (working title 'The Impossible Tree') despite proclaiming I wasn't going to write any shorts for a while - or wear them :0 - which just goes to prove, I can't be trusted.

18 comments:

Barry Napier said...

I'll be the stupid American and ask,...what's a skip?

Catherine J Gardner said...

Huge open-topped metal thing that you throw rubbish (trash) in - I don't know what it's called in America.

Jamie Eyberg said...

I'm glad Barry asked. I was thinking it might be a wheelbarrow.

Good luck with the story.

Catherine J Gardner said...

A wheel barrow for giants perhaps. :)

The guys have just come to take the skip away and strangely their company name is 'Barry's Skip Hire'. Small things amuse small minds.

Barry Napier said...

That's an awesome coincidence.

We got lazy here in America: we call those trashcans. Well, I think it "greener" towns and cities they are called bins.

Aaron Polson said...

Time off...that would be nice. "wheel barrow for giants"?

There is a story there...

Rebecca Nazar said...

Who can resist writing something short. It's my favorite domain. A novel? Yikes! Too vast . . . at this point.

Catherine J Gardner said...

Shorts spoil us - we can type the words 'The End' multiple times in a month.

Jenn said...

Those shorts are nigh irresistible, aren't they? I'm in detox, myself.

Also, I think in the US, skip=dumpster.

Natalie L. Sin said...

That's all right, I blame the shorts for dressing so seductively. You were entrapped!

Josh Reynolds said...

It is hard to resist a good short story. The soft curves of the opening paragraph, the caress of dialogue on your ear, the gentle unfolding of the plot as it progresses-

What?

Stop looking at me like that.

Catherine J Gardner said...

Jenn, I was at the 'It's been three weeks since' stage and now I've fallen off the wagon.

Natalie, it was wearing a fetching white bark and demonic branches.

Joshua - ahem! Moving along. :)

katey said...

The more I write 'em, the more I think that regular shorts are necessary to keep one motivated on the longer things. "See, I can finish things! Really!" Or something to that effect.

Sounds like a lovely long weekend to me.

Danielle Ferries said...

Those sneaky shorts :)

BT said...

Shorts spoil us - we can type the words 'The End' multiple times in a month.

Really?

Who, besides you, manages to do that every month on end? You say you've been on the wagon for three weeks - with only one week left to go in a month long period, I'm guessing you'll still manage to knock out more than one.

I'm lucky to write one every six weeks. I've only written 5 new ones so far this year. I have one more I want to come up with for a competition I refuse to let beat me and then it's AKL all the way to Christmas.

Good luck with the Impossible Tree. (I have a vision of Moonface in my head now...)

Catherine J Gardner said...

Katey, It's nice to take a break from the long stuff (especially when you're stuck). :)

Danielle, As long as I don't start wearing them. ;)

BT, Me too. The Faraway Tree was very much in my mind when I was writing it. Unfortunately there's nothing as light hearted as Moonface or Saucepan Man.

K.C. Shaw said...

I'm glad you're enjoying your time off! And I'm glad Barry asked about the skip, because I'd figured out from context that it was something you put stuff you didn't want in, but I hadn't quite made the connection with a dumpster. (And now that I know what a skip is, suddenly a joke from one of Douglas Adams's books makes more sense.)

Catherine J Gardner said...

Glad to have been of service.