I wanted to write regularly on this blog, but alas I have just not had the time. N has taken most of it but not all. The Handmaid's Tale has also taken a fair chunk and then of course there is work!
Being back at work three days a week is great. I do feel like I have a work life balance - enough time with N. Time to cook and be all motherly and time for myself (be it at work! Although I do get a couple of hours on my non work days when he sleeps and I do use that time for me - as long as I have prepared enough food for him - I don't do much housework in this time - some light cleaning and washing up because now N is older I can do some of the housework with him. Instead I watch box sets and read and more recently I've been scouring kitchen and bathroom websites for our impending renovation but mainly I write.
I said to myself I wouldn't write anything new this year. That I would concentrate on Jackpot Jetty and the house renovation and of course N, but sadly this has not happened the way I planned. I think this is the issue most writers have. Once you start writing you cannot stop and the ideas come (unless you are in the middle of writer's block). So I was on holiday in France having a rare afternoon nap, but I wasn't napping I was conjuring up a new location, a new protagonist, a new cosy crime series... well not quite a series - a book, a one off which could turn into a series.
I'm excited. It involves an Indian female young Miss Marple character who has recently moved to Devon, quitting her high flying city job to make occasion cakes for the rich. She has a market stall too and she of course starts to solve crime.
I'm excited about this and so every opportunity I get I try to write. But for the first time I haven't given myself any deadlines...
Watch this space!