Just in case you are wondering, this is a real attempt to write a novel and I really am looking for advice. I certainly need it.

Like everyone looking for directions, I wouldn’t start from here. But here I am. I’m 44, married and harried and laden with children. Our house is too small, my ambitions too large and my husband far too patient for his own good.

Ideally I’d be more marketable, young and pneumatic. But things go in cycles don’t they? Clapped out is bound to have its moment soon and then – pow. I will strike.

What currently keeps me going is that 44 is not 45, and 99 is not 100. Everything counts so I’ll try to do everything as well as I can. No one can ask me to do more, as my mother used to tell me and as I now tell my own progeny.

As anyone who has subscribed from the start will know, the blog has evolved considerably as I have learnt more about this medium. I have discovered that most people seem more willing to engage in stories from my life, and the lives of my friends, than they do with beginners’ literary crit. My current plan is to try and combine both. But this, like every aspect of my life, is work in progress.

I am very grateful to those of you who have subscribed and to those of you who have commented, or even just spared the time to have a look.

I’ll have to update this next year when 44 will tragically become half way to 90. I’ll carry on trying not to bore you.

Cathy x

8 comments on “Eh?
  1. emmiemears says:

    Hi Cathy! I just wanted to stop by and say that you’re doing a great job with this blog, and I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. 🙂 You can see the post here:

  2. cathbore says:

    Cath Bore – Liverpool Writer About Town has nominated you for the 7 x 7 award!

  3. Congratulations for your intent in writing a novel. That takes discipline, and it’s worthy of respect. I hate the name of your blog, but only because everything worthwhile takes the time it takes. If you meant it to be ironic, I forgive you, but it’s still a joke in bad taste. There are no shortcuts to quality. You’ve been nominated for meaningless awards that are the blog version of chain letters. Well, we all have to start somewhere.

  4. Nick Cullen says:

    …am in same boat…42, two kiddlywinks, stay at home dad. I’ve written a novel and am halfway through a second. Just had an agent request the full MS after reading a a partial. Trying not to get too excited! Feel free to share anxieties, blockages and other writing related ailments and I’ll do my best to nod my head knowingly.

    • Cathy Dreyer says:

      Thanks Nick. I only wish I was in a boat … throw me an inflatable if you can spare one. That’s fab news about the agent. Wishing you the best of luck, as the waves threaten to engulf me … Cathy x

  5. Nick Cullen says:

    Yep it’s a rock ride. ‘They’ talk about having to wait for ages to receive a response from an agent-even if it’s a ‘no’
    I pitched two agents recently and 24 hrs later got back ‘NOs’ from both of them! Thick skin is essential.

  6. It could be worse Cathy, you could be 47 (like me..!) Make every moment count I think. Very best to you with your dreams, Ruth

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