This COVID-19 or novel coronavirus pandemic has been kind of unbelievable on so many levels - the speed at which it has spread, the closing of borders, the cancellation of conferences, seminars, and the closure of schools and universities. I have seen many, many tweets about online teaching (and the many issues related to that … Continue reading Writing in a time of crisis
I am tired. My skin and bones and hair are tired. All I want to do is mooch around in my PJs and read undemanding novels with happy endings, and eat pancakes. I'm pretty sure this is a version of the post-PhD funk, but this time round it's post-book funk, and the lingering effects of … Continue reading When you are just over it all: being nice to yourself vs being kind
If you have been following this blog for a while, you will know that I have been writing a book. Last night I typed the final full stop on the draft manuscript, and today it’s going off to the series editor and the publisher. The work is not yet done - reviews and changes and … Continue reading Book writing: I wrote a book!
I have less than one week left before the (second) deadline for the submission of my book manuscript. I am trying to write the final chapter, which is also the Introduction. Every word is being agonised over, sounds awful, and I really just want to cry and throw in the towel to binge-watch The Witcher. … Continue reading When you hate your writing and everything sucks
As I sit here at my desk, on the first day of what promises to be one of my busiest work years yet, struggling to keep the writing mojo with me, I am pausing to reflect on what I have learned about being a writer over the last year. Indeed, what I have learned over … Continue reading What I learned about being a writer in 2019