It’s been a week since I returned from invading the U.K. I finally took the British money out of my purse, but I left my Oyster card and tube map in it. I’m not removing them. Nope, not gonna do it. You see, I’m planning to go back in April for a London meetup of my online community, so I will need these things. Plus, I like to take them out and look at them from time to time; makes me feel less angsty about leaving.
I miss it. :(
Photo: Elizabeth West
I still hear the tube announcements in my head. “The next station is…Turnham Green. Change here for the District line train to Richmond.” “The next station is…Earl’s Court. Change for the Piccadilly line train to Cockfosters.” (That will always and forever be funny.)
Now that I’m back, I have three things to do:
- Continue working out to maintain weight loss caused by traipsing around Cardiff and London. In fact, ramp it up; I can’t walk outside much longer before it turns nasty.
- Work. (The bills didn’t go on holiday, more’s the pity.)
- Finish Secret Book.
In fact, to finish it, I’m planning to use the NaNoWriMo concept again, just as I did with Tunerville. I won’t formally join in, since I’ve already started it (and that is against the rules), but doing it got me through the book last time. I’ve completely outlined Secret Book and I think what I have is workable, so there won’t be any plot deconstruction.
As for the research, I can finish it later. The main thing I want to do now is get the story down. There will doubtless be tons of rewriting anyway, so it can wait. I’d like to build in a few days for more scouting around in London anyway.
If I don’t post much, don’t be surprised–I might blog intermittently during this book, because it will take more concentration than Tunerville. I had that one in my head so long that it just kind of fell out. This one is different.
- It’s more literary than the others.
- It tackles some settings and time periods I know little about.
- The timeline is longer.
I can’t talk about it yet, but bear with me. You know I will, when the time is right.