I feel guilty that no sooner had I received the notification below than I virtually abandoned my blog. OK, I know that this number of followers is no big deal, and it has taken me an awfully long time, but it still makes me want to keep a regular presence out of gratitude to them for having taken the trouble to click.
I also find that I get serious feelings of deprivation and suffer withdrawal symptoms when I stop reading, or skimming at the very least, all the posts of my favourites.
I have read, with great scepticism, Astrological etc theories about annual cycles as influences on urges and activities or on success or failure. Something I am forced to accept in my own case, however, is the effect of the current time of the year on my own urge to write fantasy. It goes beyond coincidence that all the creative (meaning actual writing rather than editing etc) sides of my novels have been produced in a rush between February and April. The greatest compulsion came with Regina, where some 118 000 words were written in six weeks, with a peak of 7 000 words in one day.
After I had pottered along with Darx Circle for month after month last year a nibble at a time, an urge to get stuck in properly came now at the end of January, and gathered momentum. Since then I have added some 60 000 words, with 8 300 in the past three days alone. As may be imagined, bearing in mind that I have to do research as I go and also that I edit each chapter several times during the process, this hasn’t left time for much else. A cast of millions (the film budget is going to be interesting) also means that finding out their names is a challenge. Yesterday, in fact, I turned down a train excursion in favour of scribbling.
This was written this morning. Then I glanced at my manuscript …
1 000 additional words later, I am returning to post this. Then I’m rushing back to go with the flow and to hope it doesn’t carry me over a waterfall.
Do you find any regular annual patterns in your activities which are not simply governed by the season?
GIGGLE AND CHALLENGE
This MTGG gave me a good laugh. Then, as a rider of horses as well as of mounting-barks and writing-cycles, I noticed three things which make the caption inappropriate. Can you spot them?
Colonialist March 2014 (WordPress)