Paring Back

Reminder to self…

It’s been a strange and busy few weeks since my last blog post. First, my laptop was out of commission for a solid fortnight, after an OS update went very wrong. Then, there was all the fuss in setting things back up the way I like them, which included running a search-and-rescue for lost files, photos, and emails. (Yes, I had backups of most things. But there’s still time spent finding and replacing everything.)

Personal life has also been busy. Anxiety about COVID vaccine appointments, trying to make college decisions with my son, and ramping up driving practice, as my daughter takes her test this week. Lots of distractions and minor worries, alongside the normal, usual, everyday cares and concerns.

Surprisingly, to me at least, I’ve managed to keep up my writing routine through all of this. When my laptop froze, I was luckily in a place where I needed a break from revising my sci fi novel to think a few plotlines over. I spent time letting my mind wander and writing poetry — a nice breather after many months of solid prose. And then, as soon as things were up and running again, I was back into my manuscript.

Of course, some things have to give. There are only so many of those darn pesky balls a person can juggle at once. I haven’t touched my blog in forever, and I took a semi-hiatus (for a while) from social media. I didn’t read much, either. But I did spend a lot of time simply breathing and existing; sometimes, that’s all we have mental space for, and that’s okay.

Paring back when life ramps up is fine. It’s necessary. And there’s no formula to it: sometimes the writing gets paused, sometimes it’s other activities. AND THAT’S OKAY. And that’s all I want to say, really. It’s okay.

6 Replies to “Paring Back”

  1. OS upgrades ought to be on the list of stressful life events along with getting married and moving house. I think I lost best part of two weeks to an upgrade that **didn’t** go wrong, but by the time his-and-hers desktops and laptops were done, all customisation properly reinstated, and a whole mass of shared folders are properly synchronising across all machines, time just evaporated.
    This is why the universe provides cats, chocolate and, hey, it’s Spring. 🙂

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      1. Nearly as annoying as the crumb or bit of grit that has lodged under the space bar on my laptop. Half my spellchecking at the moment is to put the spaces in between the words.
        It seems that hammering the keyboard with both fists in a wordless fury is not a fix.

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