I've fallen a bit behind on my target to update my blog on the first of every month, but that's because the end of August/ beginning of September feels like it was really busy, and went by super fast.
Holiday to Weston Supermare
Towards the end of August we went on holiday to Weston Supermare again. We even stayed in the same caravan as last time! lol
The pub across the road from the caravan park was still open, and serving amazing food - which led to Hubby and I gaining about ten pounds! opps. lol I also discovered a fantastic new drink ... Slushies/ Slush Puppies/ whatever you want to call them, with vodka mixed it. Delicious!
During the holiday we had two trips to Weston Supermare centre, where the beach, arcades and shops are. We even visited the sea life centre one of the days, where we fed koi carp, saw sharks and got squirted with water by a ray.
We had a little play on the beach, and the kids spent their pocket money in a collectables shop on action figures etc. We also all spent a bunch of money in the arcades, though no one won a plushy/ teddy/ stuffed animal this year. We did become addicted to the two pence machines though. One day, I only spent about £10 and came away with a bunch of key rings and sweets. It's a great way not to spend much, and still feel like you're winning.
On the day we didn't go into Weston, we caught a bus up to Brean, which is about five an a half miles away. In Brean there's a massive leisure park, with a huge swimming pool - it's actually three pools; one out doors, one very shallow for babies/ toddlers/ and then a regular pool - and a fair ground/ theme park. We spent the morning in the pool, and then the afternoon going around the theme park. We even got to meet Sweep from the TV show Sooty.
The weather wasn't quite as warm as last year, so there was no swimming in the sea, but otherwise we had an excellent time.
Return to School
After holiday we had to get all the kids uniforms etc. for going back to school, and then they returned (Youngest to year three, Oldest to year ten!) at the beginning of September.
Both seem to be settling in well. Youngest has a parents evening tonight, so I'll get an update then, but from what he's said so far, he;s enjoying it, especially Maths. Oldest seems to be getting on well with the subjects he chose for his GCSEs, especially geography, and he's glad he no longer has to do subjects he doesn't like. I can't believe this time next year, we'll be going to open evenings for collages for him!
It's taken me a little while to adjust to the early morning routine again, which is one of the reasons I haven't gotten around to blogging yet. I'd been napping a lot more than usual in the first few weeks of September, and my motivation for most things is still kind of low.
Writing and Work
As I said, it's taken me a little while to get back into the swing of things, though this week I've been determined not to spend every morning napping, and actually do something productive with my time.
I'm still struggling to find the motivation to write, but I'm hoping I can kick-start that back up soon, as I'm planning on writing a Nutcracker Prince retelling for the Snowy Wings Publishing Fairytale anthology. I'll likely do the bulk of it for NaNoWriMo.
I'm not sure how I feel about EVERY MOMENT WITH YOU. I'm still updating it each week, and I have about five chapters/ 10k works until it's complete, but as mentioned I'm still lacking motivation. I don't know if I'm just going through a phase (possibly depression related?) but I don't feel like working on it, and that's not helped by the fact hardly anyone is reading it. I know I shouldn't be so entitled, but it's tough to keep writing something, and then have the only comments you get be from three friends. Even though ALL IT TAKES wasn't getting comments in the thousands or anything, I still had regular readers who commented each week, and not having the same reaction for EMWY is a little disheartening.
Still, I'll stick with it, and finish the story. Though when I self-publish it, it will be on a much smaller scale than I did with ALL IT TAKES - no cover reveal or release blitz - just a quick release, so I can order a paperback copy.
Work is, work. It's has it's bumps, but the pros far outweigh the cons. Though, recently, I have been thinking more about moving onto something different. Don't get me wrong, I love CQ and the authors, but I'm not sure I want to do book marketing forever. I've been thinking a lot about ghostwriting, which is ironic, given my lack of writing motivation, but I'm considering seeing what's out there. And also possibly getting into copy writing, or article writing. I thought about starting an account on Medium, and maybe writing some articles there, to get me used to that style of writing, and so I can build a portfolio in case I do want to change things up a bit. We'll see.
I Literary Can't Even Podcast
The one thing that is going well in a writing-literature-work related way is the podcast I've started doing with Kyra Lennon, and her friend Paula. Out third episode airs this Friday, and I'm enjoying it very much. The first week, we chatted about book to movie adaptations, the second week, we interviewed author Ker Dukey, and this week we're talking about ghost writing.
We hope to have lots more guests on the show, including indie authors, and perhaps even some slightly bigger names, as well as lots of fun discussions about different aspects of the literary world.
If you're interested in listening, all the details can be found on the I Literary Can't Even Facebook page.
A couple of weekends ago we took a trip to Hubby's parents - which is about 12 miles away - for his Mum's birthday. Hubby's brother, sister-in-law and three nephews also came down from Sheffield (about 90 miles away), which was great, as we hadn't seen them for almost seven years, and we had one nephew we we meeting for the first time.
It was great catching up with everyone, and the group of boys loved playing together on the Nintendo Switch, and SNES Mini.
Even though it's a fair bit of travelling, I hope we can do it more often.
Speaking of family, my step-dad is unwell and in hospital at the moment. He went in for a hip replacement last week, and recovery is taking longer than expected, because he keeps loosing blood and having to have blood transfusions. I don't think it's life threatening, but it's worrying and unexpected. Plus because he's so isolated (he is allowed visitors only twice a day, and for some reason had been moved to a room alone) he's finding recovery difficult. Hubby and Oldest visited him this past weekend, which lifted his spirits, and they're going again this evening, and taking him some books. I plan on going on Friday, and take him some cupcakes Youngest is baking tomorrow. Hopefully the visits will perk him up a bit, and hopefully the doctors can figure out what's going on with the blood loss, so he can actually start recovering properly.
Witchcraft, Paganism, and Sabbats
Back in August I mentioned wanting to explore my spirituality more, and start properly learning about witchcraft and paganism. While on holiday I actually bought a notebook to use as a grimoire, but because of being busy/ lacking motivation, I haven't gotten around to doing more than the title page.
Then I realised tomorrow is one of the sabbats, Mabon (the second of three harvest festivals in the year), and I thought it was the perfect time to actually do something.
So, tomorrow I plan on donating some food to the local food drive, and making an offering to nature in thanks of all that it's provided for us this year, as well as baking some keto blueberry muffins. Youngest even wants to try baking himself, so he's making cup cakes, and I'll take a couple for my step-dad when I visit him on Friday.
Then I guess my first couple of pages in my grimoire will be about the Wheel of the Year, and the different sabbats- what they mean and represent, and what you can do to celebrate them.
I had planned to start with tarot and move onto sigils, but this is what called to me, so this is the path I'm going to follow. Interesting thought, perhaps there's some disharmony between what I *think* I should be doing, and what I actually should be doing.
If I had the time and motivation, I'd love to study tarot and sigils, but I don't. But baking and things like that fit nicely into my every day life. And isn't that what witchcraft is about? Not doing something out of the ordinary, that isn't true to you as a person, but finding practices, and ways on honouring whatever you worship/ believe in, through things you do regularly?
And That's About It For This Month
I feel like I've rambled on for quite long enough, plus I need to do the shopping online, before lunch. So, I'm going to leave it here for now.
Hopefully I can update in a timely fashion in October.
Peace and love to anyone reading.
Thoughts, feelings and random updates from author Clare Dugmore.