Hi and welcome back to the coffee house. It’s going to be a quick one today but a welcome break from the busy schedule. Let me tell you why…
After two weeks of crazy mentoring for the BBC 500 Words writing challenge for the children at school and a flu bug or two, I am slowly catching up with life again. I’m so pleased to say that our wonderful writers were all given an opportunity to showcase their great imaginations and with a little help, scribe those stories for the competition. The variety and detail was impressive. Above all, their proud, smiling faces made the long hours and many discussions on plots and narrative all worthwhile. They are absolute gems!
Given the pressure of an upcoming assignment involving a collaboration with other online students, I’ve had to step up my studies (with all that free time I have!). This weekend was spent reading Hard Times by Charles Dickens. It’s only taken me the past three or four months to finish the book! I couldn’t get past the first chapter. Once I allowed my mind to adapt to the language, I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to analysing the text. The online work is going to require more research and reading than usual, but should be interesting.
On the writing front, my poor Snotty Norman and Spotty Sally have been left in limbo, just as their adventure was about to unfold at their new school. I’m determined to keep going but just need the time to slip back into their world to see what happens next. Watch this space for updates. Moofy and Flo have sat back in despair, waiting for the last minute additions to be sketched and painted. My oil paints are packed under boxes, making it a challenge to finish the book. Unfortunately, they’ll have to wait until I can access my paints again for their book to be completed.
More exciting news has developed over the half term holidays with the local library encouraging my involvement in the Summer Reading Challenge (which I’ve mentioned before). What it entails is more writing and presenting a fun plan for local children to enjoy that runs along this year’s theme. That’s waiting on the back burner until I finish the collaboration.
To top it all off, we are moving house in the next few weeks. By now, we’re pretty organised when addressing the list of things needed for the move. Throw in some birthdays in between and a sprog begging for a birthday party as soon as we’ve settled, and I think the schedule is pretty full! So, a shot of espresso is definitely required today instead of the usual Darjeeling tea!
How has your fortnight been? Does you have a crazy schedule too? Let me know what’s been happening with you.