www.thefreedictionary.com (my go-to whenever I do these posts) defines Normal as follows:
A town of central Illinois north-northeast of Bloomington. It is the seat of Illinois State University (founded 1857). Population: 50,700.
Which pretty much sums it up, doesn’t it?!
Of course, it then goes into definitions involving that delightfully ambiguous phrase “the norm” and “standard” etc…but I reckon you can’t have “normal” until you have “abnormal”.
The past couple of weeks haven’t been “normal” for me and I’m feeling it. I want my routine back, or at least some semblance of it. Obviously I have to incorporate Mad Mutt into that routine, and it’s the school holidays which always throws things…but there’s nothing stopping me making a new “normal”. It’s up to me to learn from the past two weeks and work out what I need to do over the next week to get myself feeling happy and “normal” again.
Part of that normal will involve sucking it up and re-reading my “Steve” chapters from the latest draft of Book 3. Avoiding the issue of the unwritable character isn’t going to make me feel any better about myself! I’m also going to look into different writing competitions out there to see if there’s any way of making some more money out of my work (Christmas was only possible last year thanks to my runner-up cheque from the Bitmead Bursary). It’s about time I started back as the Part-Time Writer rather than the full-time chocoholic and part-time knitter. It’s time to get back to my abnormal version of normal.
So, if you’ll all excuse me, I have to go and choreograph a scene involving a jelly!
PS – my apologies if the formatting of this post is completely to pot. When I preview it, it misses out one or two pictures and squashes the writing up…obviously my computer is also going back to “normal” *grin*
Say hello to Mad Mutt! My new companion for when Lovely Boyfriend is offshore. It’s not the best photo in the world because it was taken on my mobile phone, and have you ever tried photographing a black dog with dark brown eyes on your phone? There’s just NO contrast…although Mad Mutt has a lot of grey starting to peek in around her muzzle. Bless.
Dogs are good therapy (apart from the daily floor sweeping, daily brushing and 3x weekly hoovering to deal with the excess hair!). A walk every day and, even if you don’t feel like going out, once you’re out and about, you feel better for it. It’ll have to be a shorter walk than planned today, however. It’s raining quite severely…because it’s also the first day of the school holidays!