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It’s a gorgeous day here and I can’t really motivate myself to do much – I’ve written a little and will do some more later but for now I just want to relax and enjoy the last of the daylight.

With that in mind, I thought I’d stick on a lovely summery tune…

Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves

This is one that always makes me want to dance, even if it’s just in my chair!

It’s not just me enjoying the sunshine either: it was the Summer Solstice yesterday, when thousands gather to celebrate at spiritual sites.  Here’s a few pictures of daybreak at Stonehenge!

I’ll pick up on the other news next week – I hope the weather is lovely and the day is happy where you are.

Happy writing (or procrastinating!)

EJ

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As I have my sister visiting, there’s no proper post this week so here’s a new favourite song for you all to listen to in my absence!

Imagine Dragons – Radioactive

This one is going on my inspirational music list!

I’ll catch up properly next week but until then

Happy Writing,

EJ

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Today is day one of my break and the first of two days I get to spend with my sister and her family so I’m not working and I pre-prepared this post before I left. I’m at the retreat the rest of the time so there’s plenty of working time set aside!

This week I had a productive, and enjoyable writing group; the segment of the Woods novel I shared was well received which has given me a real boost, and the exercise we did to loosen up our writing was very successful.

I talked through the issue I had with the woods novel but the group were already commenting on the sinister elements in the atmosphere and the odd environment I’d created, so I was really happy.

Also the charity event I was involved with took place, which was exhausting but satisfying – we even got photographed for the paper! I may have to hunt down all the copies and burn them (cameras hate me!) but it was a good feeling to get the day underway.

So this week has been a positive one for both writing and general life and although I still didn’t catch up with everything I was due to do I at least feel that my time has been well spent.

On that note, a song to see you through to Tuesday!

Oh, and finally – we’re onto book 31 in the 100 novels list – Dracula by Bram Stoker.  I think I posted my opinion of it some while ago – it took me a long time (for me) to read, and is full of weather reports.  It’s not a book I’ll re-read, probably; I first read it as a teenager when I think I did enjoy it but I suppose that just proves our taste changes over time!

Until next week,

Happy writing,

EJ

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This week has involved a lot of little bits that I hadn’t really planned for in advance.

Weeks like these are great writing weeks, because they’re so varied – but they’re also the weeks when it’s impossible to make a big stride forward in my work.

As I said on Thursday, I got an unexpected treat and went to France but there was a lot more going on than that…

I spent time with family; I held writing group and had the pleasure of welcoming a new writer to our little party; I did some work for the charity I support locally; I visited a medieval village and its castle gardens; I went out for dinner and to a club; I enjoyed Mothering Sunday with my parents and my partner’s parents over a vintage-style cream tea.

Those are just the headlines but you can see how a week like that means my mind is fluttering around like a butterfly and not focussed and pragmatic as I now need it to be.

But what’s life all about if you can’t experience all these moments?

One of my favourite songs is You Get What You Give by The New Radicals (for many years it was my getting-ready-to-go-out song) so I’m posting it here as a reminder that whatever happens to get in the way of my writing time I should make the very best of it I can.

Seize the moment – once it’s gone, it’s gone.

In other news – Book 27 on the list is The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.  I read this book years ago, and the idea of a withered, malevolent, ugly painting in the attic still seems really creepy to me, so it did its work I guess!  I know it’s a story with a very clear moral at its core which isn’t to everyone’s taste, but I do think it’s worth reading if you haven’t done so.

Also – I got ‘tagged’ in a Facebook game this week.  I often ignore these but it was about 15 writers who have inspired or educated me.  This beats what character from a tv show are you type quizzes (not that I’m entirely immune to these either!) and it’s good to know people are willing to discuss writers through the social media bubble.  As an aside, I am now setting up my EJ Judge Facebook page after a couple of false starts so if you’re on there and want to have a look or ask me anything, please do 🙂

And finally – as it’s timely to talk about mothers today… I found this article about mothers in children’s literature.  I haven’t come across all these books but have to say that Mrs Weasley is exactly the kind of mother a boy like Harry might have dreamed of in his little cupboard under the stairs!

Until next time,

Happy writing!

EJ

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Things other than writing have been the focus of my attention this week – it’s been a real mix of good, bad and all the rest.

I don’t want to talk about it all – suffice it to say I haven’t done too much work this week…

Instead I’m leaving you with a song and I’ll be back with you next week.  Even WordPress doesn’t want to work and I’m not sure this will be properly embedded but you all know my tech skills aren’t up to much, sorry!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7pVjl4Rrtc

Talking Heads, ‘Once in a Lifetime’.

See you on Tuesday,

EJ

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You know what?  Some weeks I just want a pick-me-up and to avoid the normal navel-gazing – and this is one of those weeks.  For everyone struggling with horrible weather, or a rubbish week, or anything that is bringing them down, I hope this brightens your day like it does mine.  If nothing else, it’s a chance to have a writing break 🙂

Whack the volume up, sing loudly and feel that retro love!

Billy Ocean – When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going

Normal service will resume soon 🙂

Happy writing,

EJ

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