Wow, it has been a long time since I last wrote a blog post. My excuses, which must inevitably arise at this point, start off pretty valid but then sort of peter out towards the end.
In March I was hit by a rather horrid bout of flu, which left me too pathetic and useless to do anything much beyond stare blearily at terrible daytime telly and feel annoyed at my under-performing immune system. It lasted about three weeks and by the time I was better again the Easter holidays had arrived.
Here start my excuses which aren't quite as convincing but are nonetheless legitimate. I went to Plymouth to visit my older brother and his fiancée over the Easter weekend and on my return spent the rest of that week participating in the Great Redecorating Feat which is my bedroom. I therefore, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, had little time for blogging.
(I did reorganise all my books on my lovely new bookshelves though!)
But as the second week of my Easter break came around (ah, how I love working for a college sometimes!), my excuses become somewhat less convincing. Why didn't I blog during that time? Well... you see... I just... um... didn't. Yeah, that's pretty much the sum of it. Fully recovered from bouts of both flu and decorating fever, I was tragically struck down by a lack of motivation. I knew I should write a blog but not doing it just seemed infinitely easier.
But I suppose the blog-writing isn't really the most important casualty of all this. It's the novel writing which, while not having suffered a complete halt, has slowed down far more than I'm happy with.
I did manage to keep my chain unbroken during the last month and a half, writing every day when I was ill, if only a couple of sentences. Some of it even managed to make sense, I discovered later when I typed it all up.
But the fact still remains that I'd hoped to have finished the first draft of book two by now and I haven't. The final five chapters have all got bits and pieces - the earlier ones more so than the latter - but have yet to become whole.
So now comes the task of filling in the blanks - and doing it without going horrendously over the word count. Oh well, miracles do happen.
And I have a major catch-up to do on everyone else's blog posts which I haven't read in so very long. All in all, I've been a very bad blogger.