I've had two days of pretty solid writing, and I'm now pleased to announce that over 40000 words are written and up for viewing on Authonomy. Hurrah! I would like the finished book to be around the 80000 mark so I'm officially almost nearly there.
So - where am I in the timeline?
I'm now into the early hours of the Saturday morning. Esme is snoring peacefully in A&E, Julie is sneaking into the toilets to peek at her diaries, and Dr B is munching her way through the contents of the vending machine as she goes through Esme's medical notes.
Dr B is still an enigma....and not just to the reader! She's a character who is slow to step forward in my imagination. She's aloof; she doesn't let people get close to her; she likes to do everything for herself...yes, she's me. But she's a me who has managed to put a lid on her problems and succeed in her career. I'll be interested to see how she's managed to do that...
The next chapter will be a long one, and the most autobiographical. We're coming into the Peggy years - her diaries from her time in hospital. They're not my actual diaries, but some of the pieces are things I wrote while in hospital. Things I wrote while my mood was low; when I thought things couldn't get any worse...and then they did. Some sections aren't pleasant - and I deliberately wrote them that way. Mental ill-health isn't all fun and game...there are hardly any games and certainly not much fun. Saying that, this is probably one of Esme/Peggy's happiest times. A time where she felt accepted, normal even.
I'll let you read them when they're done, but it's likely to take several days to pull it all into shape. Especially as my girls come home from their holiday today...roll on tomorrow night when I can see them.