I had grand plans for editing chapter two this weekend, and it’s not happening.
Part of it is down to the day job. I’m on call this weekend. Normal procedure is that I make sure I carry the work mobile phone everywhere, I don’t sleep so well because I’m scared I’ll miss a call if I fall too deeply asleep, but the phone never rings. My colleague whose did it last did not get a single call in the whole week. So it wasn’t unreasonable to hope I would get a lot of editing done.
So what’s the score so far. Three hours at the hospital Friday night with a patient having post op problems. A total of probably four hours on the phone but spread out over six or seven hours yesterday. An ex-patient in one of the “-stans” had new symptoms and needed a phone consultation set up with a specific doctor. Of course, it was a doctor we have no out of hours contact details on. We do now. Then the outcome resulted in the person having to be flown to London for urgent assessment and treatment. Then there was the other patient from the night before to follow up on. Only three calls so far today, but I can’t relax because I’m expecting another one. My shoulders are somewhere up near my ears I’m so tense.
The weekend is almost over and I’ve achieved nothing on my story. So I have the file opened and I’ve sat and stared at it. Suddenly it was essential that I know exactly what private jet he would be whisking her away on, and which airfield they would fly out of. That took a good half hour. Finally I could start. She’s in the plane with him, bouncing a little in the seat. She’s excited, because she’s never flown before. But what colour are the seats? They look beige to me. But I don’t want to use beige. Such a blah. boring word. Synonym for dull. How else can I say “beige”? The thesaurus doesn’t help. None of their suggestions are as good a match as beige. I have to find another word. That’s another fifteen minutes wasted.
I have to get some editing done! I have an August 31 deadline for the RNA New Writers’ Scheme. I hoped to submit a full, looks like I’ll be lucky to have a partial the way I’m going. I really don’t want to waste the fee I paid, let alone the fact that another writer could have had the slot I’ve taken up.
Maybe I can guilt myself into working on this.
Maybe I can drop my expectations that I have to get it just right on this edit too. Maybe I can just get some words on the paper, start pulling what I’ve already got around a bit. Write beige for now, and trust that the better word will come.
Oh, here’s the seat. Any suggestions?
I’m thinking I might try “buttery”. Carries the sense that it’s soft, as well as of the colour.