While attempting to clear out my desk (I haven't used it in years - not since I got my PC and started using the PC station as my work space), I found my old writing diaries. Well in truth they weren't lost, I knew where they were located, I just hadn't bothered to dust them.
Most of the entries are boring - how many hours I'd worked, how many pages I'd done etc etc into snoresville. However, I did pick out a few snippets from 1997 (a Jane Austen diary, and the first writing diary that I kept). The comments in italics are from today...
December 30, 1996
This diary is to be used to record all matters related to my writing.
December 31, 1996
While watching 'Les Mis...' I felt a great desire to write a musical. P.S. Began to write it WOW! (What!!!!!)
January 24, 1997
Editor of 'Lateral Moves' phoned. I am a talented, but 'young' writer. (I'm guessing that was a rejection - but my goodness, an editor phoned - and alas, no longer young).
July 22, 1997
'Angelic Host' returned by 'Ocular' - Full up. (Ah, the days before up to date online guidelines - when you just had to wing it and hope).
August 25, 1997
Wrote out chapter 6.... Working out basic calculations - still around 10,000 words short... (longhand - shudder).
Sept 1, 1997
Bought a word processor. (Note this wasn't a new fangled computer with access to the net but a basic machine that only had a word processing facility - called a fontwriter).
Sept 30, 1997
'Under a Familiar Sky' returned by 'Flickers 'n' Frames' - won't now be publishing it as mag is closing down. (Okay, some things don't change).
Oct 21, 1997
Worked on s.s. in work (abandoned previous one) - inspired by last night's episode of Sliders. - this entry also had a note attached dated 4/1/1 - this is 'Scattered Flowers'). (I loved Sliders and especially Quinn Mallory - sigh)
Nov 25, 1997
Sent 'Fading in the Summer Sun' to Arrow Books.
Dec 13, 1997
Arrow rejected Fading in the Summer Sun.
I'm sure I'll now waste an entire weekend reading the rest of the diaries...