Friday, 24 February 2012

Hitting the wall

OK, I’m hitting the wall here … I’m on Chapter 9, thanks to a very late night session last night, but I’m still not happy with the way things are going and even if I romp home with the last two chapters, I’m going to have to go back and put the first five into the first person, after Frith won the battle for control of the story so spectacularly last week. 

In addition to which, the copy edits for Time’s Echo arrived yesterday and I have to write an illustrated talk on medieval shipping, a subject about which I know … er, not very much at all. 

Everything has to be done before the 13th, which would be fine were it not for the fact that I have booked to go to London for the weekend before the RoNA Awards ceremony on Monday 5th March.  I am so looking forward getting away,  but it’s going to take four days out of my schedule, and there’s a lot of nail biting going on up here …

So, JFDI: I’m cancelling everything, turning off the internet after this, and restricting email checking to twice a day (if I have the willpower).  Then I’m going to sit here until this book is done. 

Wishing the rest of you a much more relaxing weekend – and if anyone out there has a picture of a medieval keelboat, please let me know!


  1. I'm sending positive thoughts and encouragements your way. Hopefully everything will work out just fine. Good luck!

  2. Hi Jessica
    Best of luck! Your books always flow so beautifully I think that you must just write them effortlessly. As an aspiring writer it is heartening (sorry!) to know that you hit brick walls too. Thanks for sharing and I know you will be blasting through that wall.
    Nina x

  3. That's an awful lot to do in such a short time (and I bet the shipping talk wins the fight for your attention as it's new stuff!). Hugs on hitting the wall - and I'll give them to you in person on the 5th.