Treats and Challenges

It’s lovely when we receive treats isn’t it? My recent holiday in Crete started with a massive treat, one of the nicest things my husband, Angus has ever done. We arrived in our hotel to an upgrade, look how happy it made me!

Not only the vase of roses and  bottle of champagne pictured but also a bowl of fresh fruit, sweets and a bottle of wine. We’d probably consumed most of them by the time we took this picture.

Sometimes we think golden days of sunshine, beaches and leisure will last forever but sadly we have to go home and reality sets in again. This time it’s cold UK rainy weather to boot. Although we can’t change the weather, we can change some things.

I’m currently feeling pretty discouraged about my writing. Waiting on one article, unable to place another amazing charity topic and trying to negotiate my way through a pretty ‘sticky’ contract for my novella. Well, I say, negotiate, it’s not even really that, it’s ‘do it my way or not at all’ when ‘my way’ is going mostly ‘their way’. However, the alternatives seem even bleaker with self-publishing an expensive option when you need a good proof reader which has recently been acknowledged on my writing group on Facebook Is it a case of ‘publish and be damned’ or not publish at all. ‘To be or not to be’, that is Hamlet’s question and at this moment in time mine also. Thanks for reading.

About journojohnson

I qualified as a journalist in 2002 and after a period working as a freelance for Gloucester Media writing advertorials, interviews, articles and press releases I have gone on to write for lots of magazines and newspapers, both local and national. I write regularly for the Writers and Readers magazine but have also written for CPO's Inspire, the New Writer, Classic Ford, and Take a Break's My Favourite Recipes among many others. I published my first full-length historical novel. Waireka in 2018 and my romantic novella, Alpha Male in 2016. Both can be found on Amazon. Please follow the links on my book page.
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2 Responses to Treats and Challenges

  1. Anonymous says:

    What a wonderful husband you've got, Sheila! And I hope you're now feeling a bit better about your writing. I've just gone through a very non-productive patch due to a 101 other commitments suddenly bursting forth. Unfortunately writing is always the thing that suffers most!


  2. Thanks for your encouragement, Sally. Have finished with said publisher now, in the end they told me that 'my book wasn't worth their time and attention' so that showed me exactly how they would treat me and my work from then on! Have to find another way to publish now or maybe to decide not to. Yes, lots of other things in life do have their way of crowding the scene. Coming up soon a lot of extra cover in the day job stops the writing. We're told by famous writers like Stephen King, to write every day but sometimes that can prove difficult.


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