Well, since last month there has been a lot of ups and downs – but then, that seems to be life for the vast majority of people during these difficult times. Also, how fast is time going? How is it November? I feel like I’m going to wake up one morning to discover I’ve reached the ripe old age of 90 ((I’m saying nothing!)) with no idea where the time went, only that it went by at 100 miles an hour with no moment to breathe. I suspect many people feel like that, it’s very much a time of reaction to day to day changing events.
Adapting is probably one of the most useful skills anyone can have. When so much is happening, it requires real determination and inner strength to keep going when all you want to do is hide under the duvet with a big box of chocolates and drink Baileys through a straw ((Just a normal day for you then Peachy)) But I’m from Yorkshire and basically stubborn as they come, so failure is not an option or a word I recognise. If something doesn’t work or I get a no – which I recently received from the Arts council for a creative project I’m helping to develop in Newark. Does that mean the project fails before it’s even started? Of course it doesn’t. It means I sit down and apply for multiple jobs which give me the opportunity to do both. Unlike a lot of people, I like working, but it must be the right job that compliments my life. Life is way too short to be unhappy at work. I’m a sucker for routine and find work is the best way to ensure you have this. I also like the challenge of work and the social interaction that comes with it. ((You mean you like talking!))
I’m passionate about the new creative project I’m developing in the heart of Newark; which involves offering creative writing workshops – in fact, the first workshop is already full, providing it can run in these strange new times. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and having found the perfect space, I cannot wait until I have the freedom to really push this creative project. I’m looking forward to supporting creative people, having new friends visit and the mental break to focus on something we all enjoy will be very welcome. Anyway, this project will fully launch in the new year and I’m excited to share it all with you. ((I’m sure you keep teasing people with this – get on with it Peachy and tell us what’s happening?)) All in good time, Brackets. Projects like this take time to organise and not to mention the painting, cleaning, and purchasing of essential items… ((I don’t think new notebooks count!))
Anyway, I didn’t really intend to chat about this today, I was going to talk more about my Patreon account and the cover for my new fantasy book. But there’s those adapting skills being put to use again. This blog is about my journey as a writer and everything that goes on in life is part of that journey and what’s more important than working in a creative space to feed that journey.
I really want to share more about my cover and Patreon account and I might even have some news on the job front, so I might treat you to a sneaky mid-month blog post ((Oh joy, wait whilst I add that to my diary with an invisible pen!!))
Take care my friends, keep adapting and stay strong!
P.S. I snapped the picture in Sherwood Forest, it’s a perfect representation of adapting to whatever life throws at you!