Yes – I’ve been away, so things have been a bit quieter than usual (pauses to watch tumbleweed rolling off…). I’ve had some demolition work done in the living room and needed to get away while it was noisy and dusty, so I decided to decamp off to a ‘little’ thatched cottage in N. Devon where they do Writers Retreats – in style! 😀
I had just 4 days but found it very constructive in that short time in terms of clearing my head and re-assessing how to tackle my long-postponed WIP. The break was brilliant for getting out of my literary-slob routine – having to get up for a proper breakfast, long before noon (it’s a real occasion for me to be out of my pit much before then). Meeting three other writers, 2 historical fiction authors and one academic polishing off a paper was also interesting as well as entertaining. Our hosts were brilliant, giving us the breathing space to get stuck into some concentrated bursts of activity, but making sure we had nice things to eat and drink at regular intervals and generally cosseting us.
Being an old cottage, the terrain was a little challenging for pottering around with a walking stick, but I survived tripping over rugs and eccentric flooring that hadn’t ever seen a spirit level since it was a field and it was really lovely to be in a completely different environment. I’m a bit achy in the muscles today still as a result, but overall I’m feeling relaxed and ready to knuckle down to some intensive writing – tomorrow! A ton of email and missed WhatsApp messages have taken up my attention today, so ‘proper’ blogging and novel inroads will have to wait another day, but I’m truly up for it.
My new ‘open-plan’ living area has a way to go before it’s finished, but I’m delighted with the progress made. The next phase will start again in a few weeks which will mean spending a lot on new stuff for the kitchen and dining experience. At least I don’t have to do the actual work. I may take myself off for a few days again after the kitchen’s finished because the in between time is going to be challenging without a cooker (the microwave can do pizzas and stuff. Roasts or other ambitious baking activity’s out of the question for now so I might need another little break before the schools break up for the summer! We’ll see…