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September 2021

It’s strange how fast this year has gone already. Working through the pandemic means I haven’t really had any time off besides holidays from the day job and the month I had off for my hand. For those who read my blog or maybe the black void I occasionally scream in to, I managed to hurt my hand. The hospital said it was RSI, the doctor I saw after that said it was a partial rupture, neither of them gave me a solution besides rest and painkillers. It’s one of the reasons I haven’t updated my blog and my productivity took an almighty hit.

I’ve adapted the best way I can. A new ergo keyboard, which helps and regular days off. The day job is still a pain, I was in pretty good health before I started to work there. Age hasn’t helped, our bodies break down and since I’m a writer, I guess my hands are at a higher risk.

My son has started High School and is enjoying his independence. When I was a kid I had my brother and sister, but the boy’s an only child, but least he has friends. I’ve started to read more, got a hardback copy of a collection of Terry Pratchett books, I borrowed from a friend. I’ve also been reading stuff on my kindle, even decided to give Kindle Unlimited a try but besides a few books I might not have considered, there’s a lot of crap on there. I also renewed my audible membership because I wanted to listen to James Clears ‘Atomic Habits’ and I still have a few things on there I haven’t finished. Under the Dome by Stephen King and Brandon Sanderson’s Final Empire.

During all of this have I fitted in any writing? Yes and No.

The third book in my Spells and Scales series is with my editor. She helped me with the first two books and I enjoy working with her. I’m also working on a book in a shared universe. It’s paranormal romance and a little out of my wheel house, the new deadline for that is looming but Wednesdays/Thursdays/Saturdays aren’t the easiest days to write on. The idea of the looming day job saps the creativity right out of me. I hope one day I’ll be able to give that job up and write full-time but that feels like an impossible dream sometimes.

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Where would you like to be in 10 years #28

Where would I like to be in ten years?

Well that’s simple. I would like to be writing full-time. I’ve spent the majority of my working life in some form of customer service. There are some days I love my job, other days I wish I could walk out and never come back. My son says I work too hard, but I know I could work harder to get myself out there. If it was a case of doing what makes you happy, I would never step foot inside there again.

(edited) I have a selection of books which are self published or with indie publishers. Would I like an agent one day? To be with the bigger companies? I don’t know. I know writers can earn enough money to support themselves without being mainstream, so in all honesty I don’t think you have to chose one way or the other.

It also hasn’t escaped my notice that I’m not blogging every day, but I am blogging. That’s a win.

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Favourite TV Show

Back to the blog. I’ve skipped two because who said I needed to stick to the same order?

I used to watch TV a lot. I was the kid who could organise their day around what was on TV. My dad used to use The Magic Roundabout, when we were kids, as the last thing we watched before we went to bed . As soon as Zebedee bounced onto the screen, we bounced off to bed.

When I was growing up, I was a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Charmed but now? For someone who doesn’t watch much normal television, since I’m ever writing, working, sleeping or looking after people. That’s not a simple question. SO I’m going to broaden the scope just a little to…

Favourite YouTube Channel

Critical Role.

I’m a D&D nerd, at least official for the last five years. When I stumbled across a bunch of nerdy ass voice actors playing Dungeons and Dragons.

They play for about four hours every Friday so it’s a time investment. Probably even more than most TV programs. I dare you to watch and fall in love with a wide range of characters from all spectrums of life. And those are just the ones played by Matthew Mercer, the DM.

I seriously suggested you give it ago. The intricate world building, the beautiful character interactions and the sheer emotion. I cried a lot.

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15 interesting facts about me?

Wonderful, it’s another one all about me. Joy. Well I guess they’re all about me because it’s my blog. I’ll add a bonus one on the end. Let’s see if anyone reads it.

1: I have a camera tattooed on my wrist. A hobby I shared with my dad.

2: I have one son.

3. I’m terribly allergic to dogs. There was a scale and my result was…

4: I also have a dog. Only really found out about the allergies afterwards.

5: Been with my partner for about 14/15 years.

6: The first story I ever had published was ‘What A Way to Start the Day’ and featured the fire witch and thief Molly O’Brien. Unfortunately it isn’t available anymore, still on the hard drive though.

7: My favourite colour is purple.

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8: I love Dungeons and Dragons.

9: That means fantasy is one of my favorite genres to write.

10: My first Dungeons and Dragons character was a bard called Illyana Grey, nicknamed Tripleknot.

11: The characters created for my Dungeons and Dragons campaign make an appearance in my Spells and Scales series.

12: I like to run.

13: I never completed University.

14: I think about number 13 a lot.

15: I would love to be able to write full time.

Bonus: I played Doc from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Pretty sure because I was the only kid who wore glasses.

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Somewhere you’d like to move or visit

For the most part I’ve always lived in Norfolk. I spent two years in Derby when I went to University but I came home again and never really left. I don’t deal well in heat or being bored, so it rules out places where I could stay on a beach and develop a tan. I’ve always wanted to travel to Japan, because the culture fascinates me.

A place to permanently move to though?

I don’t think I would move out of the UK. There are so many places I wouldn’t mind going back to. We went on a trip to the Lake District before my son was born, did some boating (rubber dinghy) on the lakes. Went to see a waterfall, where Mark posed like a superhero. There was a lot of walking but the area was beautiful and the weather unpredictable.

This image might be the Lake District, I used the free image library on WordPress.

Then there was Scotland. That was the first trip we went on. Mark had lived up there before we met and he has always wanted to go back. We borrowed a car from a guy I knew, not a brilliant idea since it broke down on the way back home. I didn’t know how to read a map and I got travel sick. It’s bad enough travelling by a train but nine hours in a car? I wanted to die. It was horrible. That might make you think I wouldn’t want to relive the experience but you’d be wrong. No, I’m not a glutton for punishment but I would have definitely remembered the travel sickness tablets.

Another one borrowed for the free image library. Though I think I vaguely remember this one.

And for a bonus one. Mark has often brought up this one as being a place to visit, I think he told me he’s been there once before. I don’t consider myself to be a photographer even if I have the kit which belonged to my dad, but isn’t this place worthy of a photo or five?

Durdle’s Door.
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Ideal job

Another simple one. Please excuse the fact I’m a day behind. I had a stupid headache yesterday and I decided to zone out for a bit. Ideal job…writer. Something I’m currently doing but definitely not popular enough to jack in the job which holds me hostage. Even if I’m all kinds of broken. Recently got diagnosed with tendinitis in my left shoulder and with the same diagnosed in my right wrist, well I think I need a long break somewhere warm.

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Favourite foods and why

Nearly forgot about blogging. It’s been a hectic shift at the day job. It really didn’t leave enough time to breathe.

Favourite food? Anything not made by me…no that answer is too easy. When I was pregnant with the boy I had a thing for chips, cheese and gravy complete with a bread roll. And that is the story of how I gained three stone while I was pregnant. Totally worth it.