Do you ever get weeks when life seems to rush at you like a steam train and there’s barely time to eat or sleep? I’ve just had a couple of those weeks.
The catalyst was a four day weekend away. I’m NOT complaining about that, I had a lovely time at Nidd Hall near Harrogate with my mum and sister. But it meant that for two consecutive weeks I lost one of my two writing days (the three days a week for my day job still had to be fulfilled). In week one most of the remaining writing day was swallowed up by an author talk for a Women’s Institute group and in week two it was eaten into by the monthly reading group I coordinate, followed by a nighttime Black Friday rehearsal.
In case you’ve been living on the moon for the last few years, Black Friday is an opportunity for everyone and his dog to get stuck into some early Christmas shopping as retailers slash prices online and in store. It falls on the last Friday in November but preparations have already begun. The retailer I’m involved with staged an overnight rehearsal last week to ensure the website could cope with a large amount of price changes and customer activity. I acted as scribe for the rehearsal, providing a live feed about all the technical goings-on. It could be classed as a form of writing/communication but everything happened so quickly there was no time to edit or review my words, so it went straight out, typos and all.
Also, week two ended with a night of no gas supply, meaning no hot water or central heating. Following the installation of a new gas main in the road our gas couldn’t be turned back on due to a fault with the meter. Apparently, the meter is the responsibility of the gas supplier and we discovered to our cost that our gas supplier had no out of hours emergency phone line. So it was the next morning before an engineer was despatched to sort us out. Needless to say, we will shortly be changing energy suppliers to avoid being caught like this again.
On top of all of the above, the final typeset proofs of The Promise arrived for my attention. I’d hoped to read them ‘on the go’ on my Kindle but because they were in PDF format the font couldn’t be enlarged and even with reading glasses I couldn’t read them (old age!). So I had to make time at the PC to go through them.
Fingers crossed, this coming week should be back to normal. There’s lots to catch up on, including preparing guest blog posts for you lovely people who’ve agreed to host me and The Promise around launch time early next year. But right now I’m going to have a look at Julia Thorley’s Yoga Blog in the hope of finding some inner calmness!
#1 by juliathorley on October 30, 2017 - 11:50 am
And breathe – and thanks for the link to my yoga blog. Namaste. _/\_
#2 by Sally Jenkins on October 30, 2017 - 5:17 pm
Bodybalance tonight, Julia, so hopefully that will have a calming effect.
#3 by Maria Smith (@mariaAsmith) on October 31, 2017 - 10:02 am
Sally, I know just how you’re feeling, my last week was like that, it somehow got away from me!
This week all the appliances are joining forces to annoy and distract me. The freezer is playing up, the soup maker won’t liquidise the soup, and the laptop won’t download images from my camera!
I think something is at work…and like to believe there is a good reason behind all this stalling.
Anyway, it’s the 1st on November tomorrow, so we can all start with a clean slate. I’m doing a complete rewrite of a novel, from third to first person, and anticipate lots of hidden issues along the way, but I want to do it as I think it will be so much better.
Hope you have a productive month with plenty of ‘me’ time interspersed.
#4 by Sally Jenkins on October 31, 2017 - 1:29 pm
Glad to know I’m not alone, Maria! It seems that when things go wrong, they all go wrong together. I like that you have specific project for November – I hope it focuses your mind and makes you productive.
#5 by Patsy on November 4, 2017 - 1:21 pm
Maybe I’m justt cynical, but I don’t really welcome extra ‘opportunities’ to spend money, even if we are promised amazing bargains.
#6 by Sally Jenkins on November 4, 2017 - 5:48 pm
I agree, Patsy. I’m not a Black Friday shopper but don’t have much choice about working to support it. Experience has shown me that when I buy in Sales, it’s often just because it was an ‘amazing bargain’ and when I get home I don’t actually like it.