Can you believe it’s been almost two whole weeks since I blogged? I think that might be one of my longest gaps ever. It was a little bit down to the fact that I’ve been a bit busy (moving into a new place, filling in at the very last minute at the Irish Writers’ Centre e-book course last Saturday, preparing for London this weekend…) but it’s a big bit down to the absolute nightmare I’ve had getting broadband installed here and the fact that there’s only so much you can do on your phone.
But the magical internet is here now so—at last!—normal service can resume.
I thought I’d ease myself back into blogging by showing you a picture of my new workspace, which I spent much of yesterday afternoon organizing. (I know it doesn’t look like much but it was a complete mess of boxes, papers, etc. this time yesterday.)
- My tiny desk that can’t actually take much clutter, forcing nearly all paper, stationery items, office accessories, partially used Paperchase notebooks, etc. into boxes in the bedroom wardrobes.
- The Nespresso machine. Note the proximity.
- Reminders that I need to get my arse into gear and words on the virtual page, and that if I don’t no one else is going to do it for me (unfortunately). Also, how cute are these mini-clipboards?! Target.
- An old noticeboard that I made look nice again by filling entirely with a piece of Penguin Books wrapping paper.
- A dainty pink cup and saucer I bought yesterday because (a) it was so cute I couldn’t stand it and (b) it looks almost exactly like the cup and saucer in my header photo.
- Photos to remind me of The Outside World which I probably won’t see a lot of this summer in my bid to Finish The Damn Novel.
I’ve worked in quite messy spaces before and was always jealous when I saw other writers working in pristine, neat, minimalist places, so I’ve gone for less here rather than more. (I give it a week before there’s a Post-It explosion.) Now that I’m living alone and am imposing a no-online-stuff-until-noon rule, The Novel might actually get finished this summer.
So here’s something else I’m thinking of doing now that I have the peace, quiet and place to do it: a video blog. What do you think? If you think it’s a good idea, generate some material for me: ask a question! What questions (self-publishing related, please!) would you like me to answer in a video blog? It’s fine if you fear it might’ve been asked and answered before, because as long as it wasn’t in a video blog it’s fine, and this would be the first one so that would be impossible.
Let me know in the comments below, or use the Contact page to submit yours.