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SOL (Slice of Life) – Refresh


I have enjoyed slicing for the past year or so, although I admit I don’t post a weekly slice, just dip in from time to time (usually when another blogger’s slice has caught my eye)… but as I came home from my appointment this morning, I got to feeling excited about the day I have planned and I realised (to my horror) that one of the reasons it feels so good is because it has been so long coming!

A few years ago I changed my life, gave up a regular full time career with a good salary (and 80 hour weeks) for a life! I have until recent months balanced my teaching and writing lives quite well, I need one to pay the mortgage and the other to feed my soul, I hope that in years to come the writing life will have the bigger portion of pie, but I doubt it will come with a golden wage…. although it might. I realised when my health suffered that there is more to life than money and a career and emotional wellbeing plays an immense role in our physical and mental health. I would rather be alive and get by, than sit on piles of cash, exist on 4 hour sleeps, exhaust myself to the point of collapsing, take the brunt of negativity in the workplace, wake up hating everyday before it begins and not have any time or pleasure cells left to enjoy spending my HARD earned extra cash.

Today I have a LOVELY day off! I was looking at the work in my diary so far this month and due to numerous cancellations by rights I should have managed a writing day before now. The universe threw broken cars, broken phones, sleepless nights, masses of chores, a few poetry events and weekends with Mr G (as he is currently working away I like to keep the weekends free as best I can to plan stuff together). I also pretty much took the Christmas Holiday off too (from writing/ internet) which means that it has been about 5 weeks since my last day of great creativity and action. No wonder I feel rusty!

Today in between appointments I am working on submissions for this month and listing new inspiration and ideas in my notebook (yes, you should always carry one around). I also have tomorrow morning off and hope to get productive on the laptop before going to work.

inkspill notebook

I called this post ‘Refresh’ because we live in a world of tech – we refresh pages all the time online, we sometimes forget to refresh ourselves. You know how the computer struggles when you have 11+ windows open and you’re waiting for it to load, well life can get like that too.

Think about yourself this – what do you need to do to REFRESH?

As far as the past week – you can read the relevant parts here:



the rest of my week has just been work (although I did work in an interestingly named location – ‘World’s End’ … it was a bit of a tough day too) and box sets – Mr G and I finally finished watching Dexter.

Join in with the SOLC here:

slice of life


30/31 Slice of Life – Chores and Surprises!


I cannot believe it isn’t even 1:30pm yet, I have done so much today. I was up late researching, fell asleep on the laptop. Had to get up early to see tradesmen and meet people on the current project, then walk into town (at least the sun was shining, even if we do still need 3 layers!) I had to set up some debits with the Bank and buy a birthday card – it’s my nearly-sister-in-law’s birthday Tuesday. Mr G. had also placed an order for breakfast burgers.

I treated myself to a mooch in the bookstore before I left town with the card and burgers. People were giving out free Easter treats in the High Street from local Churches. Quite a magical, happy atmosphere for such a cold March Saturday.

I came home to a gift, Mr G. and I went to see Cloud Atlas last Sunday, I mentioned how I’d love to read the book. And guess what? There on the cushion was a flipbook of Cloud Atlas, it will be my next read – I can’t wait!

After we’d eaten we watched some of the TV programmes we had recorded during the week and then I fired up the laptop. I have to finish writing today as the schedule for this month comes to a close. I also started doing some research – but as I am currently trying to de-frag the machine other programmes aren’t running well.

sols_6Another Easter Slice easter-egg