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Bedtime Stories

 

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Lately, I have been thinking a lot about a tattoo that I want to get. Yes, it’s a typically ‘writer’ tattoo – even with words. But the problem is that I have so many words floating about in my head – I have no idea which ones to choose.

And so I turned to my love of stories – other people’s work. And it got me thinking about the stories that have influenced my life, and especially the stories that I loved as a child.

 

My favourite books as a little person were J.M. Barrie’s ‘Peter Pan’ and the adventures of Neverland. I also loved all of the Beatrix Potter books, and I loved Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. These are all books that I still have sitting on my shelf at home, books that as I pass by them, I feel a real sense of solidarity and grounding. These stories have been in my life for as long as I can remember, and hopefully they always will be.

 

For months, my daughter has been obsessed with anything with an engine, whether it’s a helicopter, a plane, a car, a bus, trains, and even motorbikes. Now she’s starting to turn her eye to diggers and graders, and all of those wonderful pieces of engineering machinery. But recently she has also fallen in love with Tinkerbell, from the Disney movies.

 

My mother nicknamed me Tinkerbell (Tink for short) and she has always called me that. And hilariously, I have been (nick)named after the mischievous little fairy from Peter Pan.

 

In the movie ‘Hook’, one of my old favourites, there is something that Tinkerbell says in the film that has always resonated with me.

 

“You know that place between sleep and awake? That’s where I’ll always love you… that’s where I’ll be waiting.”

 

And so… I’m seriously considering tattooing a passage like this one on myself. Something that gives me grounding, and wonderful memories of those bedtime stories from my childhood that I have always loved.

Back on the wagon

Yes, you all read that correctly. I am officially back on the writing wagon – that same wagon I have been trying to climb back on for the past two months. However – introducing my new daughter to the world was a much more important job. But now that she is ‘sleeping like a baby’, it means that I can get a little writing work done!

So – this is a little update for you all since the last post I wrote on my writing stuff – Having a little faith…

Last week I rewrote the opening scenes for The Mediterranean Source. I’d had some feedback from one of my critique partners that I needed to bolster up the main character motivations. This was some seriously good feedback as the main character only really became the main character when I re-edited the book last November. So to give her more motivation for doing what she does was something that I really needed to work on. And – I am happy to say that my critique partner had a read of it, and thought that it was a much stronger opening for the book. It was excellent to have that feedback as I’ve been feeling a little rusty on the writing front lately. I need to re-sharpen my writing claws!

Needless to say, after rewriting the opening scene, I dived into editing again. Man, it felt amazing. It felt so damn good to be immersing myself back into my own world and story. I had to drag myself out of it whenever Abby woke, but it was just so damn good to be back.

So – that’s what I am doing right at the moment. Editing. Yippeee! And it’s a lovely way to ease myself back into the game as well.

Tijuana Nights is really sitting at the forefront of my mind, and I really want to get back into writing it once I finish editing The Mediterranean Source. So while I edit, I will be thinking about that story, and what I think it needs. I think that I will redo some of the planning on it, but structurly – the storyline remains the same. There are some characters that need a little work done on them to round them out a bit better, so I will probably start with that before I continue writing the book.

The Second book of the Talent Trilogy needs to be finished. Gack. I know. Honestly, I only have a couple of thousand words to write on it, and it’s finished, but something has been holding me back with it. That book had a number of alternative endings – any of which I could use. However, I’m going to go with the one that seriously ramps up some emotions I think. Once I complete it – I need to throw myself into some serious planning for the third book, and that’s gonna mean re-reading the first and second book for me to do it. (Thank god I have a Kindle!) When I originally planned this trilogy years ago – it was a good plan – it just wasn’t robust enough for the world I was creating. I never expected the Talent world to get so big. Now it needs to be broken down and sorted out before I continue.

In other news, I have been reading books like a fricking machine. My goodness, I can’t quite believe how many I am cranking through! It’s all this downtime while I am feeding Abby that is allowing me to read so much. It’s amazing. Once again – thank god I have a Kindle (or else it would be a real pain in the backside trying to turn the pages.)

Abby is growing like a wee mushroom. Every day is different. Some days are challenging, others are a breeze. She’s sleeping well through the night now, and it’s a hell of a relief for us. Every day we thank our lucky stars that she sleeps for decent periods through the night. This week she is transitioning into her own room. It’s a scary thing for me! When she finally has her first night in her own room, I know that I’m going to feel a bit off-key about it. I guess any new mother would be the same – even if it is only across the hall! Last night I had a chair delivered that is now in Abby’s room so I can sit in there with her to feed and settle her when needed. It’s a relief knowing that I can stay in there when I need to. When she’s older and she has her own bed – I’ll put the chair in my library.

She smiles loads now, and every now and then she even has a giggle. When I sing to her (off key, might I add!) she smiles, coos, and tries to sing along with me. It’s rather gorgeous. These are moments that I never want to miss… and ones that I’m afraid I will once I go back to work at the end of July. However – if I win Lotto, I guess I won’t miss a thing. *fingers crossed* It’s just so lovely seeing her grow and develop.

Life is very busy being a mother, wife, and writer. Every moment is worth it though.