One of my critique partners, fab rural romance writer Rachael Johns, published by Carina Press and Harlequin Australia is featured in an article in a major Australia newspaper! That’s her in the pink. You can read “Romance writers share love of success” here. I’m looking forward to being able to buy Rach’s book when I’m next in Australia. I just missed out last time, going a few weeks before her release date, and I really want to read it!
I worked three days at the Day Job last week, but the bonus is I now have four days off, work one, and have another four off. That’s a work schedule I can live with.
So today, I’m back working on the Little Yellow Writing Shed. The current job is lining the inside with foil and foil taping the joins. Fiddly. It took a while to find the best way to do it, and the cheap crappy staple gun I bought caused a lot of swearing, but once I worked a system out I got in a good flow with it. I’m being meticulous about it, excessively meticulous, some might say. No one will ever see the interior work I’ve done so far, as it will all be hidden away. But it’s worth the effort. I hope so, anyway. I want the shed to be comfortable in winter without needing a huge energy input to keep warm. Insulation and gap sealing is essential. I think there’s still a day and a half’s work to get it done. Then I can start on the finishing work, the bits that will actually show – the tented ceiling, and the timber lined walls. That’s when it starts to get a lot more exciting!
I really want to get the guttering up and the water tank in place, but the outside needs painting first. My lovely husband is doing that for me, but veeeeeeery slowly! Poor man has a chronic connective tissue disorder and he’s in a flare up. Anyway, it hasn’t rained again, so no rush.
Lots of writing ideas popping up while I’m doing relatively no-brainer building tasks. I love the process, those little bubbles that pop on the surface, deciding if that’s something I want to play with or not. There are a couple of things in today’s batch of ideas I can really have fun with!
I had a great haul on the 50p rack at the charity shop today too. A big pile of stuff for just seven quid! My favourite is a top that’s way too big for me, but in fabric I adore. I’ll have a go at fixing it to fit. I’m thinking I’ll try some shirring, in places on clothes that aren’t usually shirred! If it works, I’ll do a post on it.
I’m planning a blog overhaul. Possibly a different WordPress theme, so it may look different. Adding more new pages. Mainly, adding some different content. I want to post more regularly, and mix in some new stuff. Like photos of my thrifted buys. Raw vegan recipes. How-I-done-it sewing posts, mostly refashioning those thrifted clothes. Still lots of writing, because that’s my number one thing. But more of the other things I love, too.
If it makes me either smile or swear, it’s probably worth blogging about!