Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Word count, pantomimes and rewrites

As a novel racer, I'm a complete failure, 12361 as a matter of fact, but my excuse is rewrites on Murder at The Laurels. Editor and I in tussle over a question of timing and alibis. So, having thought I'd finished, I now have to have another go at it this morning. Sorry, fellow racers, but I have a valid excuse, don't I?

Since my last post, we had a Drama Committee meeting at the theatre (Whitstable Playhouse) and next season's pantomime is to be my Sleeping Beauty (published by Jasper Publishing) directed by me. Two years ago, I swore I wouldn't do another one, but that was when my husband died, a traumatic time, to say the least. Now, I'm panicking. Next winter, no sitting down every evening in front of the fire to go mindless in front of the television. The good thing, though, publicity-wise, is that book 3, Murder in Midwinter, is scheduled to come out on November 19th and has a background of - you've guessed it - pantomime! The title, by the way, was thought up by eldest daughter Louise. Yes, I know it looks easy and obvious, but publisher and I had been agonising for days.

Going to see this year's panto at The Playhouse tonight. Will no doubt make me feel inadequate, despite my years of experience. Oh, and next Wednesday I'm giving a talk at Rochester Library. Must find out what they want me to talk about...

Back to rewrites.


Unknown said...

Your word count has gone in the right direction - that is progress even if its not the amount you wanted. That's what I keep reminding myself.

Keep up the good work!

Jane Henry said...

12 000 words. TWELVE THOUSAND WORDS. ooh, Lesley that's a whole ELEVEN THOUSAND more then me. So what are you winging about....

I am soooo going to lose this race. Right at the back with the duffers (where I was in the marathon), right where I belong....

But as I keep saying to everyone, my children, myself , all my bloggy friends, it's the taking part wot counts!!

And I can assure you my blogometer has gone up since I've been in the race, cos I go looking at other blogs and then they come looking at me.

But I really need to get disciplined about it as I have toooo much to do!

love Janexxx