Nephilim Quest 4 / The Book of the Dead / FINISHED, Editing
Creature Wars 2 / now planning the plot
Space Witches 3 / 75.000 words FIRST DRAFT DONE, NOW EDITING
7 Shabtis 2 / Pillar of Death 60.000 words (now at 8700 words)
Bastet Mysteries 50.000 words (now at 26.000 words)
IWSG monthly blog post
There are more than just five objects in my writing space, but let's take five most important ones.
1. MY Computer
The first one is obvious - my computer. I write my stories using Scrivener on my Mac. When I was a child I was quite certain real authors always wrote their stories by hand. It felt almost like cheating when my uncle borrowed me his old typewriter. I loved the machine, but while writing still felt I should have been writing by hand. No such problems anymore... I could never write fast enough by hand.
They both have white sand inside. The bigger one measures 45 minutes of time, the smaller one 15 minutes. When I start writing, I turn the bigger one around. When the 45 minutes are over, I get up and go away from my computer. I turn the smaller hourglass and for 15 minutes I do other stuff - arrange things, do laundry, clean... A good way to get things done around the house, and to avoid the dangers of sitting for too long periods of time.
Now I do have timers on my computer, but somehow the old fashioned hourglasses please me more.
With a full time job, four to five books in the works simultaneously, and other life with its demands I am addicted to my calendar. I plan my writing projects in advance. 1000 words per day. I use little sticky notes on a monthly calendar spread - one sticky note means 1000 words. It is funnily satisfying to peel off a note and throw it away when I have written the scheduled word amount. If I am ahead of schedule, I can have days on no writing. Very disciplined that way - but if I don't plan and follow where I am regarding my main goal, I'd never get my books written. But when I have finished the books I have planned for the year, I don't need to stick to the 1000 words per day for the rest of the year. I can then concentrate on editing and other publishing matters.
I bought this wooden replica of a statue of an ancient Egyptian standard bearer from the Museo Egizio in Turin. He solemnly stands, holding the two standards against his sides - they are slightly taller than he is. His left foot is ever so slightly forward - brave move: usually pharaohs are depicted with their left foot stepping forward.
Now of course I do have my Ramses the Bathduck I bought from the British Museum. He often sits on my desk, but as I am writing this, he is on top of a shelf next to me.
Yes. A pillow. The cats like to think the desk lamp is their private solarium and invaded the space that was meant for my reference books while I write. After a while I gave up and put a pillow there so it is comfier for them to supervise my writing.
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That's clever to have the two hourglasses. That's something we should all have - and use!
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