Hello! I just wanted to pop in and give you a little wave. I have been very busy researching and writing a new book – and I am liking doing that very, very much.
I am 11 000 words into the current work-in-progress non-fiction book and 28 000 words into a novel and 22 000 words into a different non-fiction book. I’m all over the book-y shop, but I’m focusing on the one that I am burning to write and pushing on. It’s writing itself pretty nicely, with a bit of back-up from the researcher in me, so that feels great.
Apart from the writing, I’ve also been reading a lot (I just finished H is for Hawk and I loved it so much!) and crocheting a little and planting a windowsill herb garden and watching some late evening Netflix. Have you watched ‘Big Dreams, Small Spaces’ on Netflix? It is brilliant and I love it A LOT. I’ve also been watching Home Fires Season 2 (the jumpers! OMG!) and Unreal (brilliant!)
I’ve been roasting cauliflower and tomatoes (scattering some turmeric and paprika and oregano over them in a wildly inclusive spice sprinkle – plus olive oil and garlic) and eating it with a big splodge of hommus and some fresh mint.
And making pumpkin soup (pumpkin, potato, carrot, stock, garlic, onion – simmered until squishy, blended and then returned to the pan with a slosh of cream, black pepper, a bit of dried, crushed chilli and some freshly snipped chives.) And eating pumpkin soup, obviously.
I’ve been having a birthday (on Tuesday it was my birthday!) and going to see Tea with Jam and Clare (with Zoe Foster Blake and bonus cake!) at the Town Hall. Doesn’t that sound quaint? The Town Hall. It’s not quaint, it’s very grand, but I like it that it sounds like a rickety wooden building tucked under some trees on a well-trodden lawn.
Clare (of Tea with Jam and Clare) and I are good pals and I haven’t seen her for a while, due to my new staying-home-and-not-seeing-people hobby, so it was excellent to spot her cute face and remember that it’s quite nice to go out and do things sometimes (even if you are feeling like a total emo catastrophe and think everyone is side-eyeing you, wondering what your problem is!)
I have been popping into second hand bookshops and looking for wilderness memoirs, bird books and OLD books about growing herbs (I like the old stuff better than the new stuff). I’ve also been reading about the different kinds of Ayurvedic body types/person types and it’s very interesting and making me very hungry and a bit confused because COMPLEX. * nods *
PLUS – I’ve been enjoying the RAIN. It’s raining today!!! Is it raining where you are? This is perfect weather for a bit of platypus spotting, I reckon.
There’s been tea and toast and lots of work and seeing my kiddos too. But not much blogging. Which is okay because that’s just the way the cookie crumbles some of the time. Sometimes you want to be out there doing your life instead of slowing down to write about it, you know? Just sometimes. I promise it’s only sometimes.
What have you been doing? Any fun or interesting things? Do you have any nature/herb/bird/soup/cauliflower related news? Tell me now. Plz.
PS: There are more Tea With Jam and Clare events planned, so keep an eye on CB’s Facebook page for news of those. The next one sounds AMAZING and features a very excellent woman as special guest!!