Back To The Drawing Board

Back To The Drawing Board
Image: Looney Tunes

I missed my blog post yesterday because I never got time to write it. Can you believe it? The little time I had to write I used for actual writing on Blood Ties and doing research for the next Stella novella.

I worked long hours on Monday, not getting home until half past seven. Gail and Laura were out when I got in so I stuck my dinner in the oven, fed the bunnies, showered, and got into my easy clothes. After checking my email I got down to some work, not wanting to let the day go to waste.

Did some work on the final stages of the two short stories I have in the pot. They’re the final two I wrote that I felt were good enough for development and to go out on their own after the Muse Festival.

I did some exciting research for the next Stella book. I’ve no idea what it might be called, but the background is all falling into place and a plot is forming. It involves the infamous Major Weir of 17th Century Edinburgh, so if you’ve heard of him, you’ll get an idea of the backdrop.

Just as I was falling asleep my work called. There had been problems overnight so at just after 11pm I logged on and ended up working for about an hour top fix a potentially serious problem. That left me with only about five hours sleep – I’d wanted more.

Today was pretty dramatic from the get-go. The overnight problems were still reverberating and it was hectic from when I arrived. What it meant was I had to work on other things while my project work sat making no progress, so yet again, I worked until 7pm so that I could make some form of headway. We really need more staff.

Shattered from two 11-hour days and a call-out overnight between, I went to my bed early tonight in the hope I can get back on track tomorrow morning. I need to think “out of the box” to find time to write at the moment. The day job is, for once, enjoyable, I’m motivated, it’s challenging me, and I’m being rewarded for it. But while this is all good it leaves me in the position I am shattered at the end of each day and just can’t face any more time in front of the keyboard. I’m still writing in my notebook and reading, but it’s at the PC where the juicy fiction comes and I’m really struggling.

I need new ideas. As Wyle E. Coyote used to say: “it’s back to the drawing board.”

In closing, I read this over my lunch today: the best Old Firm match review ever!


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About Colin Galbraith

Keen runner, thriller author, Madness fan, Mets fan, St Mirren fan/owner, rabbit tamer, outstanding fake faller. Loves cannolis & espressos. #LFGM
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3 Responses to Back To The Drawing Board

  1. I’m glad the day job is challenging in a positive way. Maybe you can just use this as percolation time rather than physical writing time, and refill the well, so when things ease up at work, you’re raring to go outside of it.

  2. Lara says:

    I’ve noticed my creativity is drained when I lack sleep. It’s hard to focus when your brain is overtired!

    Hope you get some good shuteye, soon!

  3. AM says:

    That Herald link is class.

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