Like all good things, holidays must come to an end. On the one hand, I’m a bit bummed that I don’t get to have a long lie until 0530, but on the other, I’m really excited to get back to my work routine.
I mentioned in a post last week about the importance of taking time off that I had what I’m now calling a Chimp Day… Well, that one day turned into almost a week of downtime–the polar opposite of last time 🎉
I stayed offline, only briefly jumping on to ensure that my scheduled posts went out. But we chilled out for the rest of the time, went for a longish cycle that ended with a picnic, and caught a bit of sun.
Guess who’s on holiday, finally? Yip, that’s me with the huge grin and a list of movies to watch–when I’m not out on the bike with Jez. Like most people, the last week of work before you’re on holiday is a hard slog. And, man, did I feel it.
The spelling of this week’s word might make it a bit difficult to pronounce, as vowels in Scots don’t sound the same as they do in English. A good example is the word wash. In Scots, wash rhymes with rash/cash/mash.
And onto today’s word. The letters ae sound like the ay you find in hay/bay/say, and ey sound like eye/why/die. Altogether, naewey sounds like nay-why.
Regardless of whether you needed the quick vowel explainer or not, I’m sure the meaning of this week’s word is clear.
What a week! The last seven days have just flown by. I can’t believe it’s time for another journal entry already.
I upped my writing goal to 4,000 words last week without really looking at what scenes were coming up.
Writing in Adam’s or Elle’s point of view (POV) is easy enough for me to slip into. I can happily go from one to the other and back again without too much mental prep.
But, the next scene wasn’t in either of their POVs; it was in my bad guy, Trevor Blackwell’s. To write Trevor, I have to do a fair bit of mental prep to really get into his skin. Add to that that I haven’t written in his POV since the end of last year. Yip, I started to doubt my 4K word goal right out of the gate.
I’ve been counting down the days for the last month or so. Chomping at the bit to get back to the actual writing of Running the Asset. Well, that time finally came last week. That’s also around the time a wee bit of fear slipped in, tainting my excitement.
Getting back into writing fiction after a break can be a scary thing. It’s like riding a bike after a long time, I suppose. But, not in the analogous way of how you never forget how to do it.
Welcome to the revamped Things in Scots series. In this incarnation of TiS, I’m sharing the Scots language found in my upcoming romantic suspense novel, Running the Asset.
This week’s word is either just clear enough, or it’s as clear as mud. It’s a word I use a lot, and one I use with wild abandon when planning out my stories. I’ve got my fingers crossed that the excerpt is leaning towards just clear enough. 🤞