WELL IT JUST GOES TO SHOW how well I know myself. I have, once again, failed miserably in my attempt to write this novel. I have had what turns out to be perhaps one of the longest stretches of writers block I have ever experienced—barely capable of writing an email and, at times, so blocked that it was even difficult for me to come up 140 characters for a Twitter post! Needless to say I’m extremely disappointed in myself—disgusted might be a better choice of word—and have no excuses whatsoever to justify not being able to sit down twice a day and write something—anything.
So where I go from here is anybody’s guess. Obviously I’d like to finish this novel, shop it, get a book and movie deal, buy the Porsche and 10-room flat in Mayfair and just get on with my life. So I guess it’s back to the old drawing board and see where things go from here.
I’m presently waiting to receive notes on my short story collection, “A Balmy August Wednesday,” from a friend in the US after which I plan on immediately publishing with Amazon’s CreateSpace. Meanwhile, I think I’ll reintroduce myself to “Smithdown Road,” have a read and see if—and when—I can muster up the wherewithal to get back to working on this novel.
It’s going to be an interesting and challenging summer with lots in store. My son has already joined Wendy, the baby and me in Liverpool and my oldest daughter will be arriving in less than two weeks followed by my mother’s arrival from Chicago on July 23rd. And to put the icing on the cake I’m officially announcing that we are moving to The Netherlands at the beginning of August when my aunt and uncle will be joining us from L.A. for three weeks from the 4th. While this summer promises to be a full and exciting one, I’m hoping that with all the positive energy that I’m constantly being bombarded by I’ll be able to find a way to get back on track and get down to some serious writing. And while there’s probably no feasible way of finishing the novel by the end of August and the 90 days I had envisioned (unless I publish it as a sonnet!), I will keep chronicling my progress here. Key word being progress.
Wishing everyone a safe, happy and productive summer.