I always make it a rule not to work on my current project, whatever it may be, at the weekend. With my particular attitude to work (i.e. occasionally a little towards the obsessive end of the scale), it’s always a good idea to set some time aside for not working. So Saturdays and Sundays are for other things and, as you might expect, it’s a rule I rarely stick to.
Today, however, I did — spending most of the afternoon wallowing (yes, that feels about right) in Don’t You Have Time to Think, the collected letters of Richard P. Feynman. Touching (especially in the letter he wrote to his first wife, a while after she died), funny and insightful, it’s classic Feynman and I’d recommend it to fans and Feynman newbies alike.
Returning to the subject of Children of the Resolution (yes, I know, on a Saturday, too), I’ve been flip-flopping somewhat on the question of whether or not to post the opening on this ‘ere blog o’ mine. I’m not quite ready for detailed crits, at this stage. I prefer that once the first draft is done; too much “incoming” can seriously damage my idea of what I want the novel to be. That said, a general opinion of whether the novel works on the whole (for a rough first draft) can be useful.
Now that I have 14,000 words behind me, I’m feeling more “settled” — and so, before I change my mind, again…
Any detailed comments you feel like making, please hold back until I ask for them. The question I’m largely concerned with having answered at this stage is: Bearing in mind it’s a first draft, am I largely on the right track?
Right… I have emails to write, but they may have to wait. My eyes are about done in. (If I owe you an email — Jean, Jane, Steven, Louise, Becky…. etc.! — I haven’t forgotten. ‘Onest 😉 )