The first faltering signs of Autumn are starting to show. The unseasonable mild spell is giving way to grey skies and an evening chill. We switched on the heating and started lighting wood fires for the first time last week.
Writing goals for October/November:
Still plodding through critique feedback and revising Tiamat's Nest. This is a long haul. I'm about half way through since starting in earnest back in July.
I'm also beta-reading a novel for a friend, making good progress there.
Finally, I'm preparing a talk on critiquing to give next month at the local library.
Even amongst friends a detailed critique can be hard to take, but blunt and honest critiques are a necessary growth pain for any writer. Venturing into the anonymous jungle of online critique groups in search of tough love is both terrifying and exponentially rewarding. I will be sharing practical tips for surviving - and thriving on - the harshest of critiquing experiences.
Details here if you happen to be in the vicinity and want to say "Hi."
All this adds up to a load of things competing for my time this month, but variety is good.