On the writing front, things are on the up :-). I can't tell you how relieved I am, because for a while there I thought I'd literally lost the plot!
The inspiration for my wip didn't magically come back to me. No. Writing is never that easy! It was more the magical journey that Mags initially sent me on. She pointed me in the direction of Trish Wylie's blog (thank you Mags). It was here I spent many (worthwhile, guilt-free) hours, reading all Trish's present and archived posts. There I discovered an Aladdin's lamp -
only you don't need to rub this lamp - all you have to do is read the posts! Seriously, Trish's blog is a real treasure trove of advice and inspiration to the aspiring writer.
Thank you Trish.
From Trish's blog I made a trip to Anne McAllister's. I've been reading Anne's blog for a while now, and her books for decades. Her recent post A moment to remember posted on 01 August, struck gold with me. Over the past couple of months I've been having serious doubts, and even questioning whether I've ever really been a writer. After all, as of yet, I can't prove that I am (other than the rejection slips and stacks of unfinished manuscripts)! Following her post, Anne gave me some wonderful advice which I have put into practice and discovered it's been the key to getting me writing again! I urge you to go and read Anne's post (you'll need to scroll down), because for me it's also a reminder of why I keep coming back to writing time and time again. Thank you Anne.
Now to my final thanks of this post. Yesterday, my dh spent some quality time with me (while we were sitting in a garage, waiting for our car to be serviced), brainstorming ideas and helping me finally come up with a working title. Our time together was so successful that I not only have a title, but I have enough ideas/outline to write another three or four chapters! Yayyy, I'm going to get past this awful Chapter Four! Thank you Gray.
Okay, time to share my not-so-good news. I'm having a mini-relapse with the MS. Nothing too serious - both hands are permanently numb and tingling. They've been like it for over a week now (these sensations often come and go all the time, but at the moment it seems they're here to stay). I can type, albeit slowly on the keyboard, but that's about it. I can't write with a pen, and do other 'normal' stuff like driving because I can't feel the steering wheel etc. I'm also experiencing regular bouts of vertigo too which limits my time on the computer.
I'm going to play a waiting game. When my legs or eyes are affected I usually hit the steroids, but this time I'm hoping to wait it out. My hands will come back sooner or later, and now we've moved to a town the children aren't dependent on me. So all that's left for me to do is relax, be patient and WRITE...