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I can’t believe it’s three months since I last wrote a blog. At least I have some pretty good excuses for neglecting my website: moving house, complete make-over of the new apartment, holidays, family visits and illness (a holiday in Majorca that ended up with a week in hospital!)
But if my weekly blog has been neglected, my novel has been even more so. I opened the Word Document today and saw it was June when I worked on it last! I’ve had several inspirational ideas since then, but not found a moment to do anything about them and now I’m not sure where I was going to fit them in. A complete re-read will be necessary before I launch into it again. It presently stands at 71,000 words and Im only a few chapters from completion. I have left novels for long periods before, and sometimes feel a break is a good idea and it would be a shame not to finish it now after all my hard work.
Like all retired people I wonder how I ever had the time to work. At one stage in my life I worked full-time with three young children and a large house to run. Looking back on it now I don’t know how I did it! And even when the children were grown up and had left home and I worked part-time I managed to write three novels! Yet here I am no longer working and struggling to find the time to do the thing I enjoy the most. When you’re no longer working you fill the time available with other things: I go to exercise classes, dally afterwards for coffee and a chat with my friends; I spend longer over the housework, mentally watching myself carefully iron and fold clothes that at one time I would have just rolled up and thrown in a drawer; and with my husband at home there is time to stop for tea and a biscuit and a chat in between the chores, rather than madly dashing around from one task to another like I did when I was working.
So rather than bemoan what I haven’t achieved this year I thought I should congratulate myself on what I have done:
It’s a little early, maybe, half-way through November, to look back on my year, but nonetheless I feel pretty pleased with what I have done.
Bethany Askew is the author of five novels:
The Time Before, The World Within, Out of Step, Counting the Days and Poppy’s Seed.
She has also written a short story, The Night of the Storm, and she writes poetry.
Future projects include a new short story, this one for the young adult market, and another full-length novel.
In her spare time she enjoys reading, music, theatre, walking, Pilates, dancing and voluntary work.
Bethany is married and lives in Somerset.