Author Journal 24th February – 2nd March 2022

I’m back from my holiday and raring to get back to work on Running the Asset!
Well, holiday is a wee bit of a stretch. I had a total of three days from
what was supposed to be nine days off.

Where Did All the Time Go?

By the time I’d posted last week’s journal update, I’d stolen two holiday days to
finish Act II (b)’s blocking. And knowing that I still had to transpose the note version of Act II (b) to my blocking sheets, I couldn’t let it go and ended up yoinking another day to complete the task–it was either that or slowly go insane as it whispered to me non-stop.

The other three lost days were down to working on a writing project for an outside party who had decided to make their screw up my emergency… and then
downgrading said emergency to a “whenever you’ve got time” thing–you know, after I had completed the work.

Unfortunately, these things happen in life. It was frustrating, to put it mildly, but it wasn’t a complete waste of time. The experience inspired this Friday’s stand-in for my What I’m Reading post.

Plus, it made me view my downtime as sacrosanct, which in turn made me
determined to get out and enjoy the rest of our holiday. (Even if that meant a cycling detour through mud and silt and floodwaters πŸ˜‚)

Adventurous off-road cycle ride to The Kelpies with Jez (waaay in the background to the left of the kelpies, in luminous yellow/green).

This Week’s Writing Goals

  1. Complete Act III’s blocking for future editing/rewrites
  2. Apply lessons on Universal Fantasies from 7 Figure Fiction to the scene level as I re-block.
  3. Create a timeline of the main story events.
  4. Fill out my spreadsheet highlighting where all the secrets, lies, and other threads appear in the story.

That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by, and take care.


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Author: Susan T. Braithwaite

Royal Navy veteran from Scotland. My journey into writing started with a screenwriting certificate program at UCLA Ext. Since then, I've worked as a freelance content writer, erotica author, proofreader, professional beta reader, and content editor. I'm now working hard on my dream writing career: romantic suspense author. When I'm not writing, I can be found drinking too much coffee, obsessing over yarn, and planning world domination with my husband,, and our squirrel army.​

16 thoughts on “Author Journal 24th February – 2nd March 2022

  1. Has it been nine days, already?
    Well, where DID they go, actually?

    I’m sorry that the non-emergency busted another third of your holidays, but I’m also glad to see that you and Jez made it to the Kelpies and back, despite all the obstacles.

    1. The muddy obstactles were a wee bit scary, but so worth it 😊

      1. I’m glad you both made it through whole and heal. πŸ’—

  2. bushboy says:

    All good then?

    1. πŸ˜‚πŸ€ͺ

  3. Chris Hall says:

    Downtime is so important! I must make some time for it soon.

    1. Lock all the doors, turn off email, and run away!

      1. Chris Hall says:

        Gotcha πŸ‘

      2. Or in our case, jump on the bikes & pedal as fast as possible in any direction πŸ˜‚

      3. My favourite adult fantasy, us running away on our bikes — to a boat!

  4. Marsha says:

    Hi Susan, I’m feeling very guilty here. I think I am the outside person screw up. At any rate, I want to apologize if that is the case. Tonight I’m doing my research reading your blog and getting better acquainted. This is what takes some time in addition to finding illustrations. Tomorrow I’ll be writing. So I am glad you regained your calm. I’ll talk to you soon. Hope your week goes well.

    1. Don’t feel guilty, Marsha! This isn’t you. (I’ve emailed a bit more info on it to you). You’re doing me a huge favour with the interview. I can’t wait to read it, and tell anyone who will listen! Thank you for taking the time to do all you’re doing for the piece πŸ’– πŸ€—

      1. Marsha says:

        I’m glad. I feel pounds lighter now! πŸ™‚

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