Fizzing with ideas

After a hectic month of overtime, illness and doctor's appointments, I have finally realised that it is time to give up on the Write Space competiton.

If I'm honest, I think that I was going to give the entry up at any rate.  I was struggling with a concept for the theme, and the two entries that I had actually started were turning into something else entirely!  This is a common occurence in most of my writing projects, but normally I can rescue it.

Some of you may have noticed that I have added some new tabs to the top of my blog.  These are pages for th new novel-related projects that I have got planned.  At the minute they are all bouncing around in my head, fighting for my attention (I thought I had troubles with fan-fiction!!!) so maybe if I give them a home here I will reclaim some head-space and...just possibly...get some writing done.

I've had an unpleasant month with my continuing stomach pains (for which I now have to put up with a 3 month wait just to see a specialist) and various other stresses so I haven't actually managed to do anything constructive.

So in the space of the next week or so, you will spot some new links at the top of my blog.  I hope that you will click on them if you have time to spare, and I'd be very happy if you would let me know what you think.  I will still be entering some competitions this year, but I may be focussing more on some open-themed ones.

The past few weeks have become increasingly chaotic due to illness and wedding plans.  I am now waiting for a hospital visit to try and find out why I am in pain all the time.  I'm only hoping I get some kind of answer, because three months is a long time to wait for "there's nothing wrong with you." 

It sounds so peculiar, that I am dreading the idea of doctors not finding any problems, but I have had these horrible pains for five years on and off.  I've actually burned my stomach with my hot water bottle, and didn't notice until I got into the bath.  Hopefully I will get to the bottom of it soon.

In happier news, wedding plans have climbed out of the slump that we had left them in and started to take shape.  We've managed to book the photographers (a wonderful husband and wife team) that I met in October, and we're hoping to sort the flowers out next week.  I contacted the cake maker, and a Discworld wedding cake doesn't seem like such a far-fetched idea.

I've requested and received an interesting sample that might make an interesting alternative to wedding favours this week, but I think I will need to consider that option a little more.

I apologise for my lack of blog entries over the past few weeks.  I have not been in the mood for writing anything recently and I suspect things have been getting on top of me.  This blog post was actually started a fortnight ago....but I think the lull is behind me for the now.

To round off my blog post, I'd like to recall a conversation I had with a nice lady at Wakefield cathedral today.  During this conversation I mentioned that I wanted to write a novel and had made something of a start.  Funny that it sounded silly hearing myself say this out loud to a stranger, but she couldn't have thought so, because she asked me my name, so that she could say she had talked to me when I was starting out.  Maybe my little Odyssey will sound a little less silly when I have got something done.

Take care, and thank you for reading!

HC Clarke


  1. Hey HC :) I'm sorry to hear about your stomach pains. The waiting time is ridiculous. You would have thought that something like this that is clearly affecting your day-to-day life would be a higher priority. I hope it gets sorted, even just knowing what it is will give you some peace of mind.

    It sounds like you have made the right decision on the Write Space entry - when it becomes a task that seems to be repressing the things you really want to write, it maybe is time to put it down. And You've been doing well so far with competitions, so don;t beat yourself up about it.

    Sounds like you've got a good way to tame your ideas by writing them down here - that way you're committing the ideas down and can toss out the ones that look silly on paper/screen.

    I must apologise also for my lack of internet presence of late. This employment thing does get in the way rather... Anyway, I hope to be better - it's nice hearing about your endeavours.
    Nari X

  2. Nari,

    It is so wonderful to hear from you! I am very happy to hear that you have been enjoying your busy time at work.

    The reason, I think anyway, that my stomach pains have been pooh-poohed so much is due to the fact that I have been treated for depression in the past. They might as well get a "stress" stamp and hit me with it every time I visit the doctor. But I think after five years of pain they might actually be paying some more attention.

    I guess I feel guilty for giving up on the write space entry. Its a particular bug-bear for me to succeed where I have failed before. But a lot of my writing ideas have been shelved for too long now and deserve some attention.

    I always enjoy your comments, and look forward to more

    HC xx


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