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Reasons to be cheerful - 2nd August 2018

Well, an interesting week... A good one!
I've been really strict about looking after myself and I've been keeping in touch with my friend to let her know that I have been doing it.
Work has been super- busy...
But that's fine because I've been slowly building up my client list. I've done lots of work to make sure I'm organised and have my workflow sorted.
I've got a few new things in the pipeline which is really exciting too.
Pen and paper...
I've come to the conclusion that I really do work better when I do my first draft on paper. I tried a couple of weeks of working straight onto the computer, but it just doesn't work for me. Getting back to drafting on paper has completely freed me up and I've been able to get back to working properly (yay).
Back to blogging... Good news! Having got back to writing on paper, the words are flowing and I'm really feeling happy about getting back to blogging.
I've also ditched the editorial calendar I&…
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Embracing my geekness....

Today (13th July 2018), is "Embrace Your Geekness Day", and I've been doing just that all day on my social media feeds by sharing these 9 pictures as a photography project...

And why, you ask?

Because my geekness is Steampunk, and these are some of my go-to accessories.

I love dressing up in odd combinations of Victorian/Edwardian/Pirate/Adventurer/Explorer gear to enjoy tea duelling, automatons, wild and wacky inventions and just huge amounts of fun.

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Reasons to be cheerful - 12th July 2018

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In the spotlight...

On Saturday I did something I haven't done for a long time, I took to a stage, not just to perform some of my work, but also to MC some other writers in a 30 minute set in a Spoken Word tent and a local community arts festival. And guess what? I loved it!

I hadn't really realised how much I missed performing and being on a stage with a mic...

I shall be looking for more opportunities to be doing it again soon.

I don't have any pictures to post, because I was busy doing my thing and being slightly scared that my parents were in the audience (eek!)

Anyway, watch this space for updates on what I do next.

Let me eat cake...

Today (10th July 2018), is Teddy Bears Picnic Day, nobody seems to know why. Anyway, I didn't have a picnic - even though the weather has sorted itself out a bit, and it does actually feel like it's safe to go outdoors. But I have been thinking about healthy eating and weight loss - or lack thereof.
I've been eating healthily (ish), and exercising more for a few months now and though I've lost quite a few inches from my arms, thighs, chest (ok, boobs), waist and hips, I haven't lost any actual weight for a while. I got a bit despondent about this until I realised that what I've actually done is lost fat, but gained muscle because I'm doing a lot of yoga.
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