It’s my first day off work. Well. To be more accurate it’s the first time I’ve taken a break from work in three and a half years.
When you are a writer, you tend to grab at all the work days you can get. The fact that you are a writer feels insanely lucky, so you daren’t take your eyes off the work lest someone realises you are not a proper writer after all and you have to go and do something else like work in a shop which to be fair I have done as well and don’t think of as a bad thing. (That said, I do prefer not having to talk to strangers all day long. It suits my temperament not to.)
Also? I have to work most days because the bills won’t pay themselves girlfriend. So there’s that.
Anyway, it’s the first day of my holidays and I’m staying home for the whole break. This is now called ‘staycationing’ but I like to call it ‘staying home’.
I stayed up late last night in an effort to dive into my break with unbridled enthusiasm. It was quite hard and I kept falling asleep but luckily Ari came in from a night out with his friends at The Evelyn at around 1am and we had a long chat as he sat on the end of my bed. That perked me up and I even had a glass of wine so that I could feel EVEN MORE holidayish.
After he went to bed I stayed up until 2 and tried to finish binge watching The Act but had to admit defeat halfway through the final episode and snap my computer shut in a foggy daze*.
No matter though because next minute it was 6am and the dog was barking me awake and I could not have been happier.
Firstly, it gave me an excuse to plan something for the first day of my holidays – an afternoon nap – because four hours sleep is not ideal.
Secondly because it meant I was up early enough to address my list of holiday want-to-do’s.
So far, I have fed the dog, patted the dog, made a pot of coffee, had a hot bath, read a chapter of my new book, finished watching The Act, looked at the dirty dishes, watched the trailer for the new Nick Cave tour video AND done yoga. And it’s not even 9am.
Next on my list is doing the dishes, walking the dog, doing some crochet, reading more of my new book, watching the Nick Cave tour video, brushing the knots out of my hair, cleaning the fridge and thinking about cooking something delicious to eat. Maybe I will go to the Asian grocer and get things for Mee Goreng? I am not quite sure yet. I’m crazily spontaneous now that I’m on holidays.
I DO have a firm-ish plan to start writing a new novel – after putting the one I half-wrote last year aside – too. But that has to wait until I do the edits from my current book because I don’t want to shift into a new writing space while I’m necessarily deep in a different one. If that makes sense. The new novel is NOT on my holiday to-dos but it IS on my list for AUGUST which is not very far away.
I want to write a book that will sit in an airport bookshop and go on the plane with people to THEIR holiday destinations, you know? One for the sort of people that might holiday away … although it will be a staying home sort of book too. It will be inclusively commercial, chatty and feature a satisfyingly winding storyline and several hero girl and lady characters. I hope.
So look, that’s what’s happening right now. Just in case you were wondering. And look to be honest you probably were not and that’s okay with me.
What are you up to for Easter? Do you have ten days off, like me?
PS: My friend bought me tickets to see Nick Cave and the MSO for my birthday and I could not be excited!
Watching: The Act on Hulu (using a VPN and a Hulu gift card, before you ask!)
Listening to: Nick Cave all the live-long day
Reading: Reasons To Be Cheerful by Nina Stibbe
Watched: The Recording Studio – so so so good.
3 good things for today:
* But not without checking one more time if the royal baby is here. I am guessing it is and they will tell us after Easter once all the religious stuff is given its time to shine. After all, Charles and Will would not be leaving the country without being around for that baby, and they both have just announced that they are heading off next week (Will)/the week after (Charles). So I think the baby is here already and they have met it and given Harry a giant hug and are ready to have an egg and bun filled Easter and move on with their lives. Also has anyone seen Doria?