I’m conscious that I haven’t written many blogs recently, so today’s offering is kind of an update...
Work has been pretty intense, but last week seemed pretty positive. Obviously that might all change from tomorrow (the same premise applies to most days!), but for now my anxiety levels are relatively low and I’d really like it to stay that way.
Having to get up at something past five every morning for a 50 mile drive to Newcastle isn’t easy... even after nearly seven years. I find that I often wake feeling troubled after yet another vivid, totally believable but invariably bad dream. Many of the dreams recur... exams looming but I haven’t done any work, last day at school with no real idea what I’m going to do, or being stuck in a former job and/or relationship with no prospect of the happiness that my “real life”contains.
A psychiatrist’s dream I’m sure... pull up a couch...
On the book front, I have done about 18,000 words of the Doctor Who rewrite. The Gateshead Thunder history (1999-2002) is one chapter away from completion and I do have other projects that are either on hold or in the pipeline. One of the latter is potentially very exciting, whilst one of the former was actually a question on Pointless during the week.
The round was famous Romans and the question to which only one person out of the hundred knew the answer was the name of the Roman Emperor who built a palace in the Croatian city of Split.
I visited the palace last summer – Diocletian was the man in question and yes, I was very smug indeed.
I’ve had a week away from the gym due to twinges in my back and a week off the drink caused by the belly I can’t get rid of because I’m not going to the gym. I did fall off the wagon last night, but had a great evening with Mrs K and I have promised to say hello to the cross trainer very soon.
As the blog draws to a close, I will mention the Coronation Street fan page for which I agreed to write a weekly article. Two weeks ago, five out of 500+ Twitter followers were prepared to take five minutes out of their life to read something that took me considerably more than five minutes to write. This past week, one (yes... ONE) person has bothered to read what I thought was quite an interesting piece of Corrie history/trivia.
Now I know I’m not a world famous best-selling author, but I’ve written a few books (actually I’ve written quite a lot of books) and according to reviews I’ve received, some of them are worth reading, but clearly my Coronation Street blogs aren’t so I think it’s pretty safe to say I will be able to stay at the gym a little bit longer tomorrow – and every subsequent Monday...
Anyway, time to go and get on with Desperately Seeking Susan Foreman 3 – the book has its own Facebook page, but the number of “likes” would suggest it’s a well-kept secret that doesn’t bode well for future sales.
Just as well work’s being going reasonably well then!
All my own work... almost.