Dear Quitter?


Well.. erm.. yeah. My Love Letters for May writing challenge has been a bit of a fail, as you may well have noticed. I got a bit behind and then it seemed easier not to think about catching up than actually catching up.. and then I just forgot about it completely for a couple of weeks.

May has been a bit of a funny old month for me. The ‘Ohana Tree was released on May 1 which as you can imagine was a big high, mixed with cold terror. My plan had always been to get straight into editing the next book in the series but truthfully, I haven’t even opened the document. For some reason I just wasn’t feeling it and rather than try to edit when I’m not in the right frame of mind, I decided to change direction and edit a children’s book I wrote two years ago. I got up to chapter nine. This month, I’ve only written a couple of things that will probably never be read by anyone other than me. I’ve read a lot, but I haven’t felt any desire to truly work. It’s actually quite frightening, made more so by writing quotes that seem to pop up on my Instagram daily with “inspirational” messages along the lines of use it, or lose it.

I guess this is a natural part of the process, even if not writing feels very unnatural to me. I kind of think this would be the perfect time for me to go traveling – that is, if I had another life that involved disposable funds and an absence of responsibilities.  As it is, I have to be content to go traveling in my mind, and that’s what I’ve been doing with the books I’m reading. I’m trying to read as widely as I can so my brain is exposed to different styles and language. Right now I’m knee deep into The Luminaries and a little way into A Little Life. Next up is Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert even though I’ve read it before (so it won’t count towards my Goodreads challenge!) because I know there’s a part in that book about the different seasons in a creative life.

Happy reading if you’re reading (and I hope you are) and if you’re in my part of the world – keep warm!


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