I have been couch surfing all day in my new Christmas slippers, watching back to back re-runs of ‘Lewis’. This has not been the most productive first day of the New Year.
I have a cold. I always seem to have a cold on New Year’s Day. However it is an improvement on this time last year when my toilet had broken and kept flushing. I had to call out a plumber and spent most of January paying back the bill. Today I have been eating chocolates and mince pies so the only payback in January will be the pounds I need to shed in compensation. My mother keeps reminding me I’m hitting the danger zone of Type 2 Diabetes and so it would appear action needs to be taken.
I haven’t written on my blog since I started my MA in Creative Writing. The first term was billed as a writing boot camp and it lived up to its label. By mid-November I was exhausted having had to come up with a new idea, plot and premise for a book each week and writing at least 2,000 words for workshopping. That combined with critiquing my fellow students’ work, lectures, giving a presentation and two assessments nearly finished me off. The hardest part was completing all of this around my work which was still racking up 9-10 hours of my day. But I made it!
Although I had several meltdowns, I do feel a sense of achievement and I am no longer quite as obsessed by work. I now use my thinking time for my writing and not mulling over all my emails.
So looking forward to what 2015 brings. Work in theory shouldn’t be quite so demanding, as I have now given up all my management responsibilities. Hurrah! And hopefully, as the months roll by, I will squeeze out a few more blog posts and the first 30,000 words of my novel.
Five things to look forward to in January:
1. The Muskateers are back!
2. And so is Foyle’s War! (US tralier below – series starts here on Sunday 4th January)
3. I move desks next week and for the first time in three years will be working next to a window. Natural light, here I come!
4. With each day of January 1-2 mins of extra daylight which can be appreciated through my window.
5. No more mince pies. I never thought I would say it but I think I finally have sugar overload.