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You know how last week I said I’d be ok with the whodunnit timeframe if I got the three interviews done this week? Well…

I am behind, of course. I’d normally try to catch up over the weekend but I’ve barely had any time to myself this one. It’s been good – things ticked off in the house; time with my parents and my husband’s parents; a few hours helping out at my friend’s charity event and so on. Still, I am behind and getting a little irritated with myself for not planning my time better.

Tomorrow is a bank holiday here so I will spend most of it writing. I can already say with near-certainty there will be no book this week, and I will have to finish the first draft of the whodunnit before I can get on with the reading and catch up with that!

I did manage to get some proofreading done for my friend but it was a bit of a thankless task – I was too slow for her and she’s decided not to have a proofread!  Still, I can cross it off in good conscience and say no if she asks again.

So now it’s a case of using the next 10 days to their absolute best and getting this story concluded.  I don’t much fancy spending my time in Germany writing it, and assuming it’s complete, I will load up the kindle (and my bag) with books to get me back on track.  I’ll be spending a lot of time in a car so I might as well make the most of it!

I just want to stop feeling like I’m controlled by one of these:

Time Lord

I’m going to leave it for tonight – there’s another weather warning in place and I can hear the thunder rolling already so no doubt we’ll lose power soon!

Until next time – happy writing!



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I’ve been really busy this week with life stuff, the writing’s going a bit wonky, and although I started a few Thursday posts I couldn’t really get going with them because my mind was all over the place and focus was a bit of a stretch.

My head feels like this:


It feels like there’s too much stuff going on and I can’t keep track of it all.

We all have it, at some point or another: the feeling that there’s too much stuff in our head.  Sometimes I also feel there’s nothing there, but I’ll leave that for a different post 🙂

The reality of life is that most of us juggle multiple activities and responsibilities.  There’s a saying in the UK, ‘If you want something done, ask a busy person’ and there’s some truth to that. The more you have going on, the more people reliant on you, the more you have to be on top of everything.

But even when you normally are, there are times it all becomes too much.

For me, this is when I need to regroup.  I use my to-do lists to make sure I do everything I need to do.  I write shopping lists of birthday cards, presents, groceries.  I set writing targets.  I try to organise my time to fit things in where they’re needed.

Also, I try to find some quality alone time.  I know how hard that can be, especially if you work long hours and go home to be a parent or carer, and I appreciate it’s much easier for me than for many people.  But it’s essential to find a few minutes for yourself – and if you only take one thing from this blog, take that thought. We all need a moment to ourselves sometimes and even if it’s just ten minutes sitting in a quiet room with a cup of coffee and a book, take that time out.

When I’m getting back on track, I know because my brain starts to feel more like this:



I can live with a little chaos, but isn’t it nice, sometimes, to feel that everything is in some sort of order – and you can fit it all in.

Happy writing,



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