Coming up for air

I’ve been increasingly single-minded over the past few weeks. At the beginning of January, I started work on the third draft of my second novel. This was a pretty intimidating prospect – with every new draft the stakes get higher – and I struggled at first to pick up momentum. But as I got deeper and deeper back into it, helped by some great feedback and a couple of lightbulb moments, I became increasingly confident in my ability to make the changes I needed to. And as I got closer and closer to the end, working on the edit was pretty much all I wanted to do.

And then, this Tuesday, I submitted it to my agent. A huge weight was lifted off my shoulders – now all I have to do is wait and see what she thinks!

Well, I say all I have to do. My single-mindedness has definitely impacted on everything else: my blogging activity has slowed to a trickle, the laundry has piled up, and all my good intentions to do more exercise have come to not very much at all. I have also not been giving Arthur quite as much attention as perhaps I should have been. I mean, I’ve been here. Physically. But my mind has not been entirely present…

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So that was my main aim this week – to begin to re-enter the real world and enjoy hanging out with my awesome son. We’ve spent lots of time at the beach, hanging out with friends and just throwing stones.

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I finally put together the rebounder that’s been cluttering up Leigh’s study and is a key part of my ‘get fit for summer’ exercise plan. That was foiled slightly by Arthur’s insatiable appetite for bouncing… But I’ve had lots of fun getting reacquainted with my hula hoop whilst watching him bounce up and down.

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He’s been asking after yoga lots too, so getting back into that is my next goal – we were doing so well with our morning yoga sessions but those too have suffered in the quest to get this novel finished (again).

My brain is still feeling a bit fuzzy after all its hard work, but fresh air and exercise are definitely helping. I have a growing list of ideas for blog posts, and hopefully soon I’ll find the time to actually write them!

There’s nothing quite like the buzz of adrenalin and sense of achievement that comes from bringing a major project to a close. But there’s something pretty special about the peace and space to breathe that comes in its wake as well – and that’s what I have been enjoying most of all about this week.

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My word of the week this week is breathe.

The Reading Residence

12 thoughts on “Coming up for air

    1. sophieblovett Post author

      There’s definitely only so long I can keep going before I have to take a pause! It’s been nice to have a bit more of a relaxed week, though still plenty to keep me busy… 🙂

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  1. thereadingresidence

    Well done for getting the draft off to your agent, your single-mindedness paying off there. But yes, it must be wonderful now to be able to get back into other things and just ‘be’ with Arthur. Enjoy the ‘break’. Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

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  2. Catherine

    Well done for getting your draft off to your agent. My dad is currently working hard on getting the first draft of his book completed as his agent is starting to put some pressure on him to deliver, so even though he’s really enjoying writing it he’s starting to feel the strain somewhat and is currently living in a complete ‘must get this draft finished’ bubble and is finding it hard to switch off when he stops writing each day.

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  3. Merlinda Little ( @pixiedusk)

    Ooohhhh that books sounds amazing. This is how I feel when I got my hands on a good novel. My life revolves around it and I want it to finish but I dont want it to end and real life is spent thinking about it. I didnt know that writing is almost the same as reading a book. Its so nice to know albeit online a writer! #wotw

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    1. sophieblovett Post author

      It is really quite similar to getting lost in a book when you’re reading… I only hope mine is half as good as some of my favourites! Really looking forward to catching up on other peoples’ books over the next couple of weeks… 🙂

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  4. mummydontsay

    Congratulations – must feel great getting the draft sent off. Funny how we can be ‘there’ and a good mummy but at the same time not really ‘living’ our real life. Enjoy your much deserves ‘you’ time 🙂

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