Starting my new notebook
was so much fun
, all those crisp pages and the new-book smell, and that shiny gold-brushed brocade hardcover and mmmm. As always, Paperblanks blows me away with their quality designs, and this particular book is the perfect look and feel for my current projects. Ah, it really is the little things in life, isn't it?
On Sunday I'm venturing to glorious Georgian Bath
on a research trip with my writer friend Jennifer Bell. This will give me the opportunity to fill in some of my "[insert street name here]" notes in the novel document, and also visit various landmarks that feature in the story, including the amazing Royal Crescent
where one of my characters lives (in 1865). They've done up the first townhouse in 18th century style, so I should be able to figure out the layout of the house and pick up some ideas of its contents. I'm also hoping to hit the Jane Austen museum and possibly the Pump Room restaurant
for some afternoon tea. It would be fun to see the Roman Baths
, but I don't know if we'll be able to fit it all in, as we also want to swing by the library. Anyway! I will no doubt take loads of pics, and I'll post some of them here if anyone's interested.
I've also got a week off work starting today, and I plan to do some serious word crunching throughout. The steampunk novel is now at 45,000 words, and I've got the rest of it figured out—hastily sketched in aforementioned notebook. In some ways, it's sad knowing everything that's about to happen, because I've had such a blast feeling my way through to this point. But, the end is in sight. Well, the end of the first draft, that is.
Hope you all have a great weekend! I should be more commenty in the coming week, as catching up with LJ happenings is high on my To Do List.
♫ Piano Tune VIP
, by Bar9. More dubstep (I know, I know, but it's all I can listen to right now while I write!), this time really
filthy. You need decent speakers for full effect.