Author: Diane

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Friday 17 November 2023: Another day off!

I was up early yesterday to take the dog to the vet, expecting to be in and out in a few minutes. But when I got there they said I…

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Thursday 16 November 2023: In touch with writing, again

On Tuesday afternoon, I closed down the laptop and moved to the living room, taking my notebooks with me. I’m delighted to report that I managed to do quite a…

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Wednesday 15 November 2023: Late with everything

By the time yesterday morning arrived, the storm was well and truly blown out, although the south of the country was still being battered by rain. I didn’t bother going…

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Tuesday 14 November 2023: Full of cold again

We both had a very late start yesterday. I’m full of cold again, the poet seems to be just getting it. Oh, how we like to share things in our…

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Monday 13 November 2023: Wills n things

The poet was back from his almost-week-long business trip (yay!), but he had his usual Friday morning meetings via Teams, so I had to find something to do that (a)…

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Friday 10 November 2023: Housekeeping

The dog got his own back on me yesterday morning. He woke me up at 4am to go out. Standing on the doorstep in just your nightie at this time…

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Thursday 9 November 2023: More technical woes

Toothache kept me awake for much of Tuesday night while I continued to um and ah about renewing my membership to that writing academy. In the end, I opted for…

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Wednesday 8 November 2023: An executive decision

The day started yesterday a bit later than it needed to due to me sleeping in a bit. The dog had woke me up early again, asking to go out…

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Tuesday 7 November 2023: Too much ‘people’

The last week was far too busy for me, with way too many people in it. It started a week ago last Saturday with a trip to the vet. On…

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Monday 6 November 2023: The month ahead

Okay, I’m a bit late with the ‘hello November’ thing, so I’ll just go straight in and do it. Proper catch up from tomorrow! Hello November I’ve been working hard…

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Thursday 2 November 2023: I slept like a baby

The plan for November will be prepared just as soon as I’ve shifted that nasty edit. I just wanted to hit base and say thanks to everyone who sent me…

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Wednesday 1 November 2023: October wrap-up

Oops, forgot to post this one yesterday I was so preoccupied with everything else that was going on. Once all the usual social stuff was out of the way, the…

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Tuesday 31 October 2023: Happy Halloween!

Monday started well. I was up on time and I was at my desk on time. And then I started work. First job was yesterday’s blog post. I should have…

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Monday 30 October 2023: Improvement all round

I finished the bibliography work on Friday and I drafted an email in response to the author’s latest email sending yet more material. We’re, like, 4 *working* days away from…

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Friday 27 October 2023: What day off?

Today was supposed to be another day off. But because I’ve only been doing half-days this week, I’ll probably squeeze in some more work time. Mostly just so I can…

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Thursday 26 October 2023: Dear Universe… A word, please…

Today was supposed to be a day off, but we moved the day off to next Wednesday and now I have to work today. I don’t mind. I need to…

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Wednesday 25 October 2023: Migraine…

The day started with an email off ClickUp trying to fix my recurring task problem on my calendar view. I had to take some screen shots and circle the issue…

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Tuesday 24 October 2023: I finished something!

Yay! I actually finished something. Just over a week ago I had a job request land in my in box. My first instinct was to say ‘sorry, I’m full’, but…

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Monday 23 October 2023: A 4-day week

The rain came on Thursday night and stayed all the way through Friday and into the weekend. I had to go and collect our prescriptions on Friday morning and I…

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Friday 20 October 2023: Ahead of the storm

So I’m back to writing up the blog post in real time and scheduling it to post the next working day. Let’s see how long it lasts… I updated my…

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Thursday 19 October 2023: One project at a time

The last thing I did at my desk before closing down yesterday was create the cover for the NaNoWriMo diary. I’m writing a diary by hand as I complete each…

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Wednesday 18 October 2023: Floodgates open

Once I’d wiped the slate clean yesterday, the floodgates opened. I started to work on just one project of my own, and that project wasΒ The Secret of Whitehorse Farm for…

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Tuesday 17 October 2023: The art of not finishing

Well, I call it an ‘art’, but really, and as I was reminded in my Zoom class last week, not finishing things is a very bad habit, and I am…

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Monday 16 October 2023: A bit green around the gills…

We didn’t move any furniture at the weekend, or swap any rooms around. We did the shopping and the band had a gig. But we didn’t do much else. At…

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Friday 13 October 2023: Friday the 13th! 😱

  I don’t actually mind Friday the 13th at all. To me, it’s nothing special. It’s just another day. I know people who fear it and I know someone who…

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Thursday 12 October 2023: Free images

Cinnamon is poured into a cappuccino cup – depositphotos.com I’ve been toying with taking out a subscription to DepositPhotos. I know a lot of other writers who use them and…

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Wednesday 11 October 2023: Reading and writing

I was up bright and early yesterday, getting up when the poet left for work. Before breakfast I played one of my side hustle games. Over breakfast I read more…

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Tuesday 10 October 2023: Some stuff done + Book review

Yesterday’s jobs started with me finishing the latest book for NetGalley. I wrote and posted yesterday’s blog post and opened up today’s blog post to get it started. Then I…

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Monday 9 October 2023: a new week

I spent a lot of time on Friday revisiting my workload and my diary. I’ve been filling my days with so much stuff, I’ve not been starting all of it,…

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Friday 6 October 2023: The weekend already…

So the weekend has crept up on me again and I’ve hardly done any of the things I hoped to do this week. I did manage to compose and send…

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Thursday 5 October 2023: “Have you written anything?”

Him: “Who’s the musician in the house?” Me: “That’s my husband.” Him: “What do you do?” Me: “I’m a writer.” Him: “Really? Have you written anything?” [beat] Me: “What do…

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Wednesday 4 October 2023: Hiding at the back

One of the best things of taking part in something online, preferably without cameras, is that when you’re late you can sneak in the back, hope no one notices, and…

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Tuesday 3 October 2023: The month ahead

After a lovely week off where we actually had some quality time off together, it was back to work for both of us yesterday. It was the first working day…