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We're only a few days into the new year, so not too much to report, as I've been trying to make the most of the last few days of my holiday. The country fires up tomorrow and most of us will be back at the grindstone. However, I want to start as I mean to go on. Sunday is when I'll post my goal list for the week ahead, and I'll give you a review of the previous week too. So here we go, my mini review since January 1st...
The best laid plans etc - unfortunately, my sciatica is very painful at the moment, I'm struggling to walk, BUT, I refuse to allow it to beat me! So, under doctors orders, I regret I'm having to pop very strong pain killers, and take it easy. I say regret, because I do not like taking medication, preferring to take a more holistic approach. Shiatsu has been good when I have had previous bouts before, but I haven't been able to get to see my practitioner over the Christmas break, I'll be rectifying that as soon as possible.
Drinking more water is something I want to get into again, as I always feel a lot more alert, I've started and can already feel the benefits, I'm less hungry too, but that might be because I'm moving less.
This afternoon, I sat with a big tray of paperwork that was long overdue for a sort out. Most went into shredder and then the recycle bin. I'm not good at filing stuff, shuffling paperwork is a weakness I seem to struggle with most of the time. I can't believe how much stuff comes through the door, and I do try and recycle it straight into the bin, but you know how it is, there is always something you think, I'll hang onto that, just in case...
I have a writing space! Yes, at last I have my own study, and its lovely. Decorated a few months ago I've finally got a new desk and chair, and although there is still a wee bit of stuff in there that doesn't belong, its looking good. Its my space, and I'm enjoying putting my mark on it. I've already loaded one bookcase, and have another to go into the room, but I'll be clearing out a lot too. All going to good causes, via a friend who does a lot of charity work, and will be grateful to have them.
Saturday heralded the first Phoenix Writers meeting of the new year, and that was really good. Mingling with lots of positive folk who love writing is food for the soul. Our Chair set us a mini challenge of 150 words, and we had fun reading out our efforts. Then we went straight into manuscript critiques. All very different and interesting, and everyone got lots of useful feedback to take away and ponder too. I did the challenge, on the hoof, with about forty minutes to spare, but hadn't got anything ready to read this time. I was pleased to go along, although I spent most of the two hours standing due to back pain.
Starting a new book tomorrow, LISTEN to the MOON, by Michael Morpurgo, I haven't read any of his before so I'm really looking forward to it. A lot of you will know, he wrote WarHorse, Private Peaceful, as well as many other children's books.
The week ahead then...
Gently does it, will be the theme I think...
A walk round the block, and possibly a trip to the swimming pool for a bit of water therapy. Walking up and down, no swimming though, they have a very nice jacuzzi which will be wonderful.
Writing wise, there is a new group challenge that needs to be ready on Saturday morning, and I want to write another 500 words of my novel. Small steps, hopefully in the right direction. I'll also define my writing goals a little bit more.
Heres hoping you all have a productive week - do let me know how your writing is going, or anything else for that matter. Its good to stay in touch...I look forward to hearing from you.