A short hiatus (break or interruption in the continuity of a series, action etc.)

That’s what I’m having today. A  little space between things.

It’s easier in many ways, isn’t it, when you are flat out busy, because then you have so many things you have to do, you just get on and do them. Of course it’s stressful when you are busy. Tempers become frayed and you don’t have time to do the things you really want, to see or talk to friends and family properly, or to do things as well as you would like, but at least you don’t have that moment of weighing up your options and really looking at what you should be doing. Necessary from time to time, but not easy.

I’ve been lucky for ages, in that my projects have naturally moved themselves along so that just as I have finished working on a series of paintings, I have had freelance writing to do, and when there is a gap in the writing I have had a chance to work with Alec on our website. Currently I have several projects just simmering away on the back burner, and I need to finish off a few things.

  • alecarte – just needs occasional tweets to keep things interesting. Check.
  • magsart – ditto. Check.
  • A beginners guide to walking for pleasure – published on kindle. Tweet regularly. Check.
  • Write ezine article on the need to find pleasure in an exercise if you are going to be able to keep up a healthier regime. Check.
  • Complete read through of my second book, and publish. Decisions to make on how to publish – this one needs to be available in hard copy as well as Kindle I think, so a different form of publishing. I’ve done most of the thinking and just need to finish off. That should be the main task for today, obviously, but I need to be in the right mood!
  • Push forward my photography. Try some new techniques and work out the extra kit I need. A couple of filters at least.

The Ezine articles are an interesting idea. Alec (my better half) came across them in his reading, and the idea is that you write short articles on your area of expertise, which you then offer for people to use them as they wish. You aren’t paid for the article, but it draws attention to you website/product/service. I’ve had a three of my photography articles published on picturecorrect.com, most recently Can a photograph ever be perfect, which has drawn quite a bit of business to alecarte, and readers for this blog. I’ll be interested to see if referencing my book in an article increases awareness and sales.

But all this is really more of the same, and I know by now that I am a starter rather than a finisher. I do love new things to get my teeth into and the thrill of challenging myself to master new skills. So what I really want is something new to start, and that is where the problem of a hiatus day lies. My thoughts are going in circles and inspiration is not forth-coming. Finishing off things is not my preference, or indeed my forte. What I really need is to go for a good long walk to straighten my head out, but it’s been raining quite heavily here. The good news is that the weather is improving, and the forecast for the next few hours is pretty good, so I think that’s my plan made.

Good luck with your Sunday! I hope that whatever you are doing it feels like something positive and not treading water!

 

And life goes on ….

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… as it always does.

We have spent a lot of time on the motorway recently, heading back and forth between Bristol and Hertfordshire for family reasons, and we have been seeing an English late winter/early spring at its best.  We are lucky to be able to pick our moments to travel, as we don’t work full time, so have been able to enjoy the beautiful rolling hills and woodlands through Wiltshire and Berkshire rather than focusing on the traffic.  Salisbury Plain and the Berkshire downs are absolutely beautiful at any time, but when the sun is low in the sky the quality of light and the texture added by the long shadows is fantastic.  The trees were looking marvellously architectural, as the deciduous tress are just getting ready for the buds to burst and the new leaf to emerge.  There’s that lovely colour to the basically grey/brown bark as the sap rises, so even bare branches have a flush of colour.

Spring flowers everywhere too and, relatively speaking, a lot of butterflies around.  Nothing like the old days, of course, when butterflies were everywhere, but lovely to see none the less.  They have been brought out by the warmth, and here’s hoping we don;t get too much cold weather now.  Everyone is in need of some warmth.

I’m looking forward to exploring Bristol and Somerset more this year.  We have lived in the area for 18 months-ish and having not known the area before have really only scratched the surface with how much there is to see and do.  I have to say that I have found Twitter really useful for finding out what is going on, and that has surprised me.  I thought I would just use it for business, and letting people know about our website, but I have found out about lots of restaurants and paces to go – so good old Twitter!  And good old Bristol. I’ll let you know when I have been somewhere great.  Or perhaps I’ll see you there!

Have a great year – and enjoy the place where you live.