time off – #WhatImWriting

Hooray – ‘What I’m Writing’ is back! I hope you all had lovely Easters with plenty of sunshine and chocolate!

chocolate eggs

So, what am I writing?… um… well the thing is, I haven’t really done much writing at all recently. The boys were off school for two weeks and just went back this morning (am I a bad mother if I add a ‘hooray!’ to that sentence?) so I haven’t really had much time.

But let’s see… I did write a blog post about our family easter (much egg-related fun was had) and shared a poem I wrote with my grandfather when I was a child (William Wordsworth would probably turn in his grave if he got wind of it though so perhaps I should keep that quiet!). Plus I managed to write the BritMums poetry and prose round-up which felt like quite an achievement when overrun with little people. But that was it. Oh no wait, I also wrote a post with tips for finding time to write in the school holidays… hmm, they didn’t pay off quite as well as I’d hoped!

The rest of the holiday was spent loafing around in the garden, meeting up with friends and their kids, eating chocolate, decorating/hiding/smashing eggs, saying “No you can’t play Minecraft again!”, going to barbecues, looking incredulously out of the window at blizzards, eating chocolate, reading books, watching Game of Thrones (Season One – for the first time), visiting family, taking the toddler on an emergency dentist trip when he smashed off half of his front tooth (he’s fine but will be sporting a vampiric look until he loses his baby teeth…), nearly going to soft play then realising that was obviously an awful idea, drinking cups of tea, watching Harry Potter, going on walks and eating chocolate.

I may also have eaten some chocolate.

So it was fun but also tiring (in the way that looking after young children is) and I’m SO ready to have a bit more time to write (even if it is mostly just in toddler nap times). Today I’ve been frantically typing notes for my kids novel. I’ve mainly, merely succeeded in tangling myself up about time travel and it all needs unravelling, but I’m up for the challenge!

How about you? I’m looking forward to hearing all about what you’ve written!

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20 thoughts on “time off – #WhatImWriting

  1. Nicola Young

    That’s a decent amount of writing for a busy school holiday. It’s a hectic time of year, but good fun. Did you like Game of Thrones? I love it. Have read up to book 4, so looking forward to the new season starting this week. I got on with writing my novel and made good progress. We are away at the moment though, so doubt I will get any more done until next week. Something has happened to my brain – it seems to have stopped working!

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    1. Maddy Post author

      Am finding Game of Thrones quite gripping but a bit dark. I had to leave the room for the ‘golden crown’ bit! we’re nearly at the end of the first series and I know something terrible is going to happen in episode nine (hard to miss spoilers when you watch something years after everyone else) and I almost don’t want to watch any more because of that! Glad you’ve made progress with your novel and I hope you enjoy your holiday! xx

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  2. Iona@redpeffer

    That’s not at all bad! I was all set for some mammoth catching up this morning, only for my son to be poorly-up half the night and he’s currently curled up on the sofa. So, my plans are all in hiatus mode. I need to type up the changes to my manuscript but my brain stops working after 7pm so I fear it is going to take a little longer than planned, again….

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    1. Maddy Post author

      Oh dear – I hope he gets better soon! That’s life as a writing mum isn’t it? Kids come first and things get de-railed, but you’ll get there! Thanks for commenting Iona. xx

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  3. Susan Mann

    Way to go on all the writing you managed over the holidays. We still have a week off here, but I’m working too. Sounds like you had a lovely time of the Easter x

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  4. Sophie Lovett

    That’s loads more writing than I got done over Easter! I had to abandon Game of Thrones after the first couple of seasons… It’s totally epic but just waaaay too dark for me. And I thought my tolerance was pretty high! Hope you fare better :) And hope you’re having a constructive writing week xx

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    1. Maddy Post author

      Yes, I’m worried about the darkness of Game of Thrones… we shall see. Hope you’re getting more writing done now Sophie. xx

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  5. Morgan Prince

    Lovely to have you back Maddy, sounds like you had a fab Easter. I still have a few days left of the holidays, the boys go back to school on Monday and I will be smiling as I do the school-run and skipping back to the car after dropping them off. I don’t think that makes us bad mums! You get used to the peace and quiet when they’re at school. ;)

    I haven’t done much novel writing but the blog continues to keep me busy. I’m on it though, and loving every minute. Can’t wait to get back to the novel on Monday! :)

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  6. Zoe

    How have you only just discovered Game of Thrones? The ‘Golden Crown’ bit is gruesome isn’t it, but I do love Daenerys Targaryen. Your Easter break sounds great and you did loads of writing!

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    1. Maddy Post author

      I know, we’re really late to the party on the GOT front! We’ve only just finished Breaking Bad which was another ‘must watch’ series we failed to begin before everyone else had finished it! I can’t really cope with gruesome stuff like the golden crown thing – I leapt off the sofa and out of the room as soon as the gold was put in the pot! xx

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  7. Dana

    It’s funny, you think you didn’t accomplish much and then the list of things added up! But I know exactly what you mean about school breaks (and the hurray part!) because I find I can often get a few smaller things done but working on my novel usually doesn’t happen.

    I love that your son loves Harry Potter! I’ve pretty much been waiting for years to introduce it to my daughter :) We actually started reading book 1 recently, as she’s nearly 7, and she liked it, but she’s SO highly sensitive and even trying to lightly (is that even possible?) explain his parents’ deaths was tough. We haven’t picked it up since so maybe we need another few months or longer.

    Thanks for reminding me about the link up! I haven’t been able to get much done lately but I did whip up that most recent post yesterday so perfect timing.

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    1. Maddy Post author

      I know what you mean about the parental deaths in Harry Potter – we had enough trouble watching the recent Paddington film because his uncle dies in a storm – the boys could hardly bear it… and Tarzan?! They were both in tears at that. My eldest has definitely cried over Harry’s parents but I think the fact it is in his past helps somehow. Mind you I won’t let him read book four because of Sirius! Thanks for linking up and commenting, Dana. xx

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  8. Chrissie (@rantybeast)

    Busy Easter. We spent our time looking at monkeys, (looking after monkeys in my case!) Shouting, playing, hiding, pretend camping, fighting and being glad it’s back to school tomorrow.
    Isn’t it nice to have some time back? X

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