What a difference a month makes.
In January I was lost in a sea of illness and chaos. Thankfully, February sees us fighting fit, even the puppy is back to full health. He’s six months now and has settled down a bit, which makes it easier for me to work at home too.
My Lenten clean eating and sugar fast is going well. I’m sticking to soups during the day, with a full meal in the evening and was pleased that I was able to keep this up during our trip away last week.
We went to Bulgaria, our habitual skiiing destination and the fresh air and exercise only added to my new found strength and health. I even came back ready to tackle the next draft of my novel.
I’m kind of taking a step back to do a bit of planning. It’s kind of what should have happened at the beginning, but I know a lot more now than I did back then. It’s about looking deeper in to the structure and focusing on the theme, concept and premise and making sure I have definite roles for my hero and antagonist. It’s surprising how wayward you can get when you are writing a story and if you don’t have this all in place, your story doesn’t have the legs it needs to stand on.
So although I’m not technically doing any writing still, I am getting there, sorting things out in my head and working out how myself and Barnie (that’s the puppy) can come to a compromise about how we spend our day.
I feel February has given me the renewed focus and energy that I needed; what I should have come to the new year with but it didn’t happen that way. I’ve even got my enthusiasm back for getting in the kitchen and creating some recipes. They include ice cream made from coconut milk and a nightshade free Goulash (I love a challenge). Look out for them on my other blog, A Free From Life.
In an ideal world I would spend more time on my fiction work and less time on everything else, whilst in between, creating recipes in my kitchen. However, I have a lot of work being thrown my way at the moment, so it’s all a balancing act really, as is everything in life, I guess.
For now, I don’t know about you, but I’m just happy to be emerging from the darkness of winter. It’s light at 7.30am when my eldest leaves for school and she can get home before the dark sets in. That makes a big difference. You can feel the change in the air.
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