Blowing Off The Cobwebs

It seems somewhat ironic that my last blog post was about how being aimless is dangerous to productivity. I would have sworn it was only a couple of years ago, but apparently it was 7. Clearly I never found that to-do list again.

2021 seems like the time to get back on the horse, but also a strange time to be doing a retrospective. After a year of enforced strangeness, we’re finally starting to creep back to normality and either going back to how things were or trying to start afresh. Personally, I’m hoping to try something a bit different to before. Lockdown brought with it so many opportunities and a different way of living that I’m reluctant to give up now.

At the time of my last blog entry I was looking for a job, but also looking at an office for self-employment, planning a trip to South East Asia and discovering the joys of RPF. I had an amazing trip, did get the office but barely ever used it, and ended up back in full time work a year later. That set me off on a somewhat unexpected journey – I started in customer service and moved rapidly into quality assurance and from there into data analysis, which I still do now. Working full time and commuting by public transport killed my writing though. It wasn’t until lockdown, when we moved abruptly to working from home, that I finally got back into the swing of it. It’s good to be back.

Things of exciting terror

Saturday, status update day. I’m a long way behind on my reading and haven’t done much blogging, not because I’m not been in the mood but because I’ve not been on the right computer. I have two, one of which is geriatric, battered by travel and microscopic, but portable. That’s the one I’ve been using all week, busy setting up a business, planning a two month trip to South East Asia, cleaning out a bedroom so we can do some massive redecorating, and watching my cat use the toilet. Continue reading

Ten Timesucks of Excellent Advice

The challenge for Day 23 of Zero to Hero (what do you mean it’s a week late?) was to publish a round-up of some blogs we’ve been reading and enjoying. I’m glad I didn’t do it at the time, because over the last few days I’ve picked up even more blogs that I liked, most of them from Twitter, until I had a nice round number of blogs that I think are fun and stuffed full on invaluable advice on writing. Continue reading

Any Bandwagon Going

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a sucker for a writing challenge. I love them, will grab them anywhere I can find to the detriment of the previous challenge.

ImageAnd as I was trundling my merry way through the blogosphere, I happened across a blog hop, hosted by Ruth L. Snyder. It runs for twelve weeks, with posting every other week and six tasks to complete. I’m a couple of days behind, as we’re supposed to post on Mondays, but better late than never.

If you’d like to join the blog hop or find more readers who are doing it, click on the image and let it be your guide.
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Because I’m a sucker for a writing challenge

I'm a Zero to Hero Blogger!

Who am I? How did I get here? What did I have for breakfast?

I can’t walk past a writing challenge without signing up to it. I’ve failed at more Big Bang challenges than I can shake a stick at, ‘lost’ NaNoWriMo 7 times out of my 10 attempts and have a harddrive full of unfinished manuscripts. On the other hand, I’ve also completed a slew of Big Bangs, won a fic bingo competition with not one but two full houses, got a first on my dissertation at university and won NaNoWriMo three times. The Zero to Hero challenge seemed like a twofold good idea. One because I like a challenge, and two because it was things I needed to do.

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