A List Of Things I Have Done Today While Editing My Next Book*


*While I was supposed to be editing, on a day I had set aside for editing.

  1. Made two loaves of bread
  2. Done three loads of laundry
  3. Answered emails and comments
  4. Faffed around on Facebook
  5. Read other people’s blog posts
  6. Written my own blog posts (including this one)
  7. Added some scenes to my fifth Ambeth book (not the one I’m editing)
  8. Ordered groceries
  9. Watched a video tutorial on how to make mayonnaise.
  10. Made mayonnaise
  11. I also considered doing a writing prompt for someone else.

πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

I might start editing now, I guess…



87 thoughts on “A List Of Things I Have Done Today While Editing My Next Book*

      1. Helen, have you seen that preview about a movie with a sloth in it, the sloth runs a bank and takes for-e-v-er to do a transaction? Very telling about burocracy. Anyway, I wonder how long it would take a sloth to actually tell a story? I just had this amusing image of an entire day passing through which the sloth is still telling his kids a bedtime story. When he finally says good-night it’s 24 hours later. Not sure where else to go with that. But it was extremely important to think about as I continue to not think about what I’m supposed to be doing. πŸ™‚

      2. That’s so funny, Eilis! I never thought of that. And they sleep all day, so does a bedtime story happen at night time, or just after breakfast? Lots of things to think about instead of thinking about the editing that I’m supposed to be thinking about!

    1. Ha ha oh no! I was laughing at myself because I don’t think I could have done more things to avoid what I was actually supposed to be doing! Making mayonnaise? I’ve never done that in my life before πŸ˜€

      1. Not too bad, actually! It looks like mayonnaise, so that’s a positive. Have put it in the fridge to try tomorrow, though the little taste I had was quite nice πŸ™‚

      2. Still not great, though better than I was, thanks for asking. And now the gorgeous girl has it too, so she was off school today. Still, better now than during Easter holidays πŸ™‚

  1. I never do that sort of thing. As you can tell, I’m actively engaged with what I’m supposed to be doing at the moment (go out running errands), instead of reading & commenting on your blog. Yup. Actively.

  2. Completely hopeless. Me that is likely. On Monday I planned out the last 10 chapters of the book I’m working on. Today I planed to write 5 of the 10. So I went up to town to plot out my A to Z blog tour for April. Lovely day mind you

    1. I know, it’s such a slog, isn’t it? Our lovely shiny stories that we adored not so long ago reduced to a collection of words that we have to pick apart and put back together again. I actually went and made mayonnaise, something I have never done in my life before, to avoid it! πŸ˜€

      1. I hid and feigned illness… not pretending openly you understand. I took to looking a little ‘wan’ and huffed frequently. Now I feel guilty as hell. πŸ˜―πŸ˜•

      2. Oh that made me laugh out loud! Especially the huffing. I love that you hid from your editing πŸ™‚ I’m sure it understood, and I’m sure you’ll get to it once you’re feeling better πŸ˜‰

    1. Thanks, Louise! Sounds like a plan πŸ˜€ Of course, that will involve me going out to get the vegetables for the salad for the mayonnaise, and then if it’s a nice day I might do some more errands… πŸ˜‰

      1. Well, yes, I suppose it’s coming up to spring planting season. So I’ll need seedlings, and pots, and possibly a planter sort of thingy… Hmm, yes, this could take all day at least πŸ˜‰

  3. I think you were trying to shame yourself. It backfired. πŸ˜‚ That is ridiculous how much you got done! If you weren’t so nice, I’d love to hate you. #justsaying πŸ’–

      1. Yes, I seem to have struck quite a chord with this list! And the cold is easing slightly, thank you, though it’s making its way through the rest of the family now.

  4. I’ve never actually written a lost of my accomplishments, although I guess writing a To Do list and ticking them off is the same! A highly productive day for you, excellent! πŸ™‚

  5. Why do today what you can put off tomorrow? Writers are ingenious when it comes to procrastination. Oh, how I’ve been there. But I never made mayonnaise…that was so clever of you. I actually laughed out loud when I read that. Better days ahead, Helen, though you accomplished so much! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Steven,I’m glad you read it in the light it was intended πŸ™‚ I’ve never ever made mayonnaise before, so I was really being creative with my procrastination – will see what it tastes like tomorrow (when no doubt I will come up with a whole other list of things to do instead of editing!)

      1. I think I laughed because you were so organized about it. Watched tutorial, made mayonnaise. So structured! I’m a little envious. You’ll get around to it when it’s the right time… some things you can’t plan, you just do. And you’ll do. πŸ™‚

      2. Thanks, Steven πŸ™‚ It only took about half an hour to watch and make, so as procrastination goes it wasn’t too effective. Today though, today is the day I edit… I think. πŸ˜‰

  6. Oh my for a bit of procrastination you sure did achieve a LOT! I am in awe. But there is no escape… you still have to face the dreaded E-word. Its still sitting there, waiting for you. I think there must be something wrong with me, I actually enjoy the editing!

    1. Nothing wrong with you, Ali! Sometimes I’m okay with editing, especially when the end is in sight – but yesterday it seemed I would rather do anything than tackle it πŸ˜€ Hence my super-productive day of doing anything but editing!

  7. By heck, you had a busy day avoiding editing. I’ve always wanted a breadmaker and I’ve added it to my Christmas list πŸŽ… Is that what you use for making your bread, Helen, or do you make the Mary Berry way ifrom scratch?

    1. ha ha I know, I’ve said to a few people, imagine what I could achieve if I procrastinate every day! πŸ˜€
      And no, I don’t have a breadmaker any more – I have a machine that mixes the dough for me, then I knead it by hand and shape it etc, cooking it in the oven. It’s one of the nicest smells, isn’t it? Freshly baked bread πŸ™‚

      1. I agree, there’s nothing quite like the smell of freshly baked bread and to have some for breakfast in the morning. I’ve only been put off buying a machine because a friend told me they are quite noisy and would wake them up at 4:30 in the morning when the machine started making the bread.
        Mary Berry would be proud of you making your own. I watched here make hot cross buns the other evening on TV and I did wonder why when they so freely available all year around now.

      2. Oh, I make my own hot cross buns too – nothing like fresh baked. I don’t always put the crosses on though – then they’re just spiced fruit buns πŸ™‚
        I do remember our bread maker being quite noisy as well, so maybe have a go at making some bread the old fashioned way first?

  8. Good to know I’m not the only one who feels smug because I got a lot of things done only to realize none of them were what I set out to accomplish…

    1. Ha ha – yes, I didn’t even feel smug about it, I just couldn’t believe how much I could find to do instead of the actual thing I was supposed to be doing πŸ˜€

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