It really helps having a "running mate" – I’m lucky that I have several writerly friends who are kind enough read my stuff as I write it, and they write as well, making it a symbiotic kind of thing. Having someone like gehayi or rwday to use as a sounding board is hugely helpful. I’ve been spurred on recently by the_sea_to who is writing a 15th century Italian gay novel and her determination and daily word count (often huge) and the encouragement (read: POKING) she gives me by IM is incredibly motivating. I just seem to find that if I have someone who is also writing at the same time I get more motivated to write myself. What I find DE-motivating (and this is by no means a plea to have you guys stop doing this, because I think it’s wonderful that you are writing) is to see everyone marching ahead with their word counts when I’m still floundering in the "not doing very much or anything at all" mode. I’ve done 1000 words for the last few days which I’m very grateful for, and the book has got to that lovely stage where I’m enjoying writing it. The characters are coming to life, or I hope so, at least! rwday has been reading it as I go and she said "omg – it’s creepy that his shoes are missing." and I had to laugh – his shoes were only supposed to be missing for a scene, his valet was cleaning them. However it’s funny she saw more into it. So yay for being poked.
Lili has gone out AGAIN. Now that’s really weird. I mean–that cat simply doesn’t go out. Hasn’t gone out at ALL since Pixel died, and she’s such a heat-hog she welds herself to the radiator all day. Going out is just…aberrant behaviour. It’s not sunny, it’s not warm. It’s just.. odd! But then she is an odd little cat.
Four new submission calls on erotic_authors today.