I haven’t blogged in two weeks. Well, in my head I have. In my head I have written about sexism in sport, mischief my children have got up to, judgmental parenting mistakes and the impact my grandmother’s funeral had on me. I have written thousands of words and, if I do say so myself, they have been fabulously done. However, I wrote them in my head, not on the actual page.
When I hear or see an issue I want to write about I start writing it in my head and then get to the computer and transcribe. That process continues. But, currently, as soon as I get onto my computer I am all consumed by writing my book. In these two weeks of not blogging I have written over 30,000 words of my book. I am nearing the half way point and am utterly in love with what I am doing.
My evenings, once spent relaxing with The Boy, watching comic book movies or action packed TV shows, are now taken up by scribbling stroy structure on huge sheets of paper I have stolen from the children’s sketch pads, analysing character details, and listening to music that inspires moods perfect for specific scenes.
When I get up in the morning my thoughts are on my children then my book. When I get five minutes down time in the day, currently being put into this, would ordinarily be put into my characters. I am addicted and I love it.
So, please do not feel that I am missing the wrongs of the world. I have a head rammed with thoughts on Sandra Bland and Cecil the Lion. Concerns about the treatment of immigrants and the trafficking of girls. I have stories about my daughter’s latest daring efforts to give me a heartattack or grey hair before I turn 30, and tales of the delightful way they are learning to co-operate with one another and how their social skills are developing. I am here, and I am thinking, but for now I am an absentee blogger neglecting my readership for, what I hope will be, a greater good.
I have never had the highest self esteem and usually doubt myself in pretty much everything I do. I don’t doubt myself in this. In this book I back myself and I am proud. So hopefully a) I’ll be back to blogging once I’m finished with my book and b) I’ll be taking regular mini breaks from blogging as future books are written and published.
Cheers for sticking with me x
You can check out all my contact info an links on www.jjbarnes.co.uk, I’m on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so you can get in touch on there, as well as find links to all my work. There’s also www.sirenstories.co.uk which has all the work by both myself and Jonathan McKinney and loads of extra content such as background stories for different characters. If you want to subscribe on Patreon, its just $1 a month to help support our work and it also grants you access to our extra podcast a week, you can go to www.patreon.com/sirenstories.
Thanks as always for reading, and I’ll speak to you soon I hope!