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In which an old dog attempts to learn new tricks.
First proper day of teaching
The college sort of got going last week, but this week is the first proper week of the new term, which meant I was not only teaching but learning. This morning was the first session of the Advanced Welsh course I've signed up for and this afternoon I taught the computing degree students.

So now I am tired and I am hungry and I have no idea what to cook for dinner! I need to go shopping for more food, but my mind is a blank. I'm just hoping that I'll see something I fancy when I get to the supermarket. But the first day of teaching has gone well and the students are great.

In other news, I thought I'd mention that my strategy of getting back into writing by setting myself the daily task of just opening a chapter file, looking at it and then closing it again has worked. I read my way through the second half of the book and now my daily task is to summarise 1 scene per day in order to create an outline which I can then use to sort the current mess into something resembling a coherent first draft.

Current Mood: sleepy accomplished but tired

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sartorias From: sartorias Date: September 15th, 2014 06:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like you are off to a productive season!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: September 20th, 2014 03:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Strangely (or perhaps not), the more I have to do the more productive I usually am. It's when I have all the time in the world that I get lethargic and unproductive.
veronica_milvus From: veronica_milvus Date: September 15th, 2014 07:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
How good it must be to teach and learn!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: September 20th, 2014 03:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
For years I've been both teaching and learning. I'm hoping it will help keep my brain active as I head into old age.
scallywag195 From: scallywag195 Date: September 15th, 2014 08:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
When I shop when I'm hungry & tired, I end up buying all sorts of things on the "no-no" list. But it's unavoidable at times.

Sounds like a good plan for getting back into writing.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: September 20th, 2014 03:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I too have problems with shopping while hungry. It's very difficult to avoid buying all the wrong things, but staying out of the potato crisp and sweets/chocolate aisle helps.
readthisandweep From: readthisandweep Date: September 16th, 2014 09:04 am (UTC) (Link)
You sound like me - writing-wise. That said, I hope you don't end up feeling like me! I'm on the verge of ditching TreeBook & starting something entirely new.

It's a juggernaut of a thing & feels daunting. Although I'm loath to abandon such a huge body of work, another story is whispering to me. I don't know if this makes me a 'loser' with no determination or a realist! Lol!

And of course, there is the spectre that is the synopsis for Dora still dogging my steps. It could be that once I have it nailed & the last of the submissions sent off, TreeBook will seem more tempting.

Or not...

Good luck with the teaching, Helen!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: September 20th, 2014 03:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have ditched the current novel so many times over the years, but I feel that I do want to complete it, even though it's totally unsellable.

But it's a difficult decision to make. Though one doesn't want to be the sort of writer who never finishes anything because of always rushing to write the new shiny idea that is so much more appealing than the thing one has been slaving over for months/years, sometimes sticking with something that really isn't working can be be just as unproductive in the long run.
readthisandweep From: readthisandweep Date: September 21st, 2014 06:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Other than the obligatory first novel written & discarded back in the days of an old Olivetti, this is the first time I won't have completed a story. It does feel odd on one level - all that work & so forth. But since I wrote this post I've worked out RiverBook & it's such a nicely simple, uncomplicated plot, it would be rude not to... ;)
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