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  • Writer's pictureJL Nash

Festival Finished, Novel Pending and The Northern Lights

It’s been a busy week, what with the Tablelands Folk Festival, singing up there and spending time with friends and now getting ready for tomorrow’s Nanowrimo, National novel writing month if you don’t know already.  I've got the plot kind of ready and an outline that looks like a series of Venn diagrams.  I’m also trying to walk the dog for more minutes each day. I am too sedentary and am on a mission to lose weight. Don’t worry, I won’t bore you with that again. I’ve been somewhat distracted by the war in Gaza. That and of course the situation in Ukraine. I don’t know if I mentioned it before but I temporarily lost contact with my friend in Odesa and a million terrible things went through my head but luckily it was just an internet connection problem - nothing more.

Focusing on writing means I will be missing my mahjong group for a month unless I can write 2000 words in the first two hours of my day, which is unlikely. I am not going out anywhere nor seeing any friends (unless urgent). So please don’t be offended if I don’t take your call or see you this month. It’s a busy, determined time for me.

November is also exciting because I get to wrap the christmas presents I have bought and in the evenings, paint the ones I am making which will have to suffice for art as I doubt I’ll make it to my weekly watercolour class. Let’s see.

Missing my Nanna a lot this week. I missed calling her from the festival each morning describing everything to her. Grief is strange. Some days I am reduced to tears thinking about the loss and on other days it’s a warm and fuzzy gratefulness of our moments connecting which sits in my heart. I don’t think I’ll ever stop missing her.

Talking of family, Mum is on a cruise chasing the Northern Lights. It’s only been a few weeks since she was in Spain and then Turkey before that. She’s quite the traveller these days.  It’s a great achievement to come back from cancer so strongly and so vibrant!

So nothing more to tell except I’ll pop a picture of String Jam on today’s blog. 

Take care Peeps and be kind to each other

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