It’s been a mixed start to 2011. The flu (see last post, by some grumpy old woman who took possession of my laptop for a few days) still lingers on. Both of us are mainlining linctus and painkillers, while I have a dreadful cough. But, hey, the days are perceptibly longer already. We just walked back from the marina at 1620 and it was still light!
In the spirit of positivity, I realise that despite the lurgy, I have got a fair bit started. Not the least of it is two new contracts for management and consultancy – one in London and one in Cambridge. They offer quite a bit of train time, but the next three months are going to be pretty busy.
The next project is Women of the Wind. That’s my working title for a themed collection of short stories, fictionalising the lives of women who went to sea under sail. Paintapu, the Polynesian navigator, was first, and her story is here. Next up is William Brown, the mysterious black woman who told her story to the London Chronicle in 1815, while she claimed her prizes from the Admiralty for years of service in the Royal Navy. The research has started on Jeanne Baret, the French botanist who sailed with Bougainville, and is the first woman documented to sail around the world.
Our local writing group has re-formed as well, with an emphasis on staying small and select, and focussing on completing projects in 2011. I’ve really missed some critique from other writers, and welcomed the feedback from my lovely beta readers, so I’m looking forward to our meetings.
I have a tendency to beat my myself up for not doing things, including writing a scintillating and insightful blog every day. This is a post to remind me and you that sometimes, stuff is getting done, and that’s good.