Karate, Kettlebells, and Crazy Characters

I can’t believe I haven’t set foot inside a dojo since my last grading 5 weeks ago. Sometimes I really hate working away from home. I have still been training, but it’s not the same as working with your dojo mates and having the guidance of your sensei.

On the plus side, I have new weapons in my training arsenal – kettlebells. I love them, and I can’t believe I didn’t get some sooner. It’s not like I haven’t had enough people raving about them to me.

Perhaps the fact they are ridiculously expensive had something to do with it.  Though I have to say they’re well worth the price, and still cheaper than a gym membership.

Or maybe it was the fact that I was convinced I was going to let go mid-swing, and send several kg of cast iron flying across the garden. Or even drop one on my head doing tricep extensions.

Right, shall we talk about Yantsu before visions of neighbour kitty carnage and fractured skulls put me off my latest workout routine?

I’m editing more than writing these days. There’s still a lot I need to get onto the page, but my crazy characters keep changing their story.

Well, not really. They keep revealing little things I didn’t know about them, which means I’m having to rearrange the way I tell the story to give it more impact.

This rearranging business is a strange thing for me. I know some writers work from an outline, getting scenes on the page as they come to them, then putting the story together later on.

It might even be the ‘proper’ way to write fiction, I don’t know. But, I’m more of a linear writer, and I’m not comfortable with this way of working at all.

When I wrote Sanchin I sat down at the computer, started at chapter one, and wrote the book right through to its conclusion. No fuss, no mess. Okay, lots of mess actually, but that’s what happens when you self-edit. It’s also another story.

Anyway, Yantsu is still coming along, but it’s been a major learning curve. Much more so than Sanchin was. Hopefully the experience of writing in a different way will prove useful for the next book.