Books & Writing, Writer's Life

So, What’s With the Writing?

You’ve heard me talk a lot this year about serenity, but not so much on the topic of Anglophile fiction.

After Sweet Pursuits was released, I took a break, which is normal for me, but then got swept away by minor illness, some weekend travel, a long family visit, and a load of soul searching about what makes me happy and how many external projects reasonably fit on top of a day job.

Writing update, July 2017

It’s no secret I had what I refer to now as my mini meltdown in April, and retreated from social media and blogging for the next couple of months. Now, as a dear friend puts it, I’m feeling something of a serenity revival and am ready to think about writing again. Possibly, my creative reserves just needed to recharge: this is a theme I hear repeatedly from other authors, so I know I’m not alone.

For fans of the Saffron Sweeting collection, fear not, I have ideas for at least three more stories set in this same village. I adored taking part in National Novel Writing Month, but this year it lands on top of a half marathon and a trip to London, so realistically I don’t think I’ll be drafting a novel in thirty days. Instead, I’m working on several short stories and hope to pull together a published collection before 2017 flits away. At the moment my intention is to make this free, as a thank you to those who care about my writing and have supported me this far.

And, like many writers, I have a couple of other book ideas up my sleeve, but those are still firmly in the noodling phase.

So, in short, watch this space, and thank you for every single kind word and review. Without all my lovely readers, I would have thrown down the pen long ago.

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  1. Reply
    Julie Valerie
    July 13, 2017 at 6:28 am

    Oh, this is wonderful news. I can’t wait to read whatever you write, Pauline. And yes, I think you’re on to something – the need for creatives to “refill the well” from time to time. Often, a complete break for a period of time is required. Many professions have regularly built-in time to recharge. Teachers have summers off. Other professions offer sebaticals.

    You were so wise to listen to your needs and nurture your spirit. Perhaps, the most “serene” lessons you were meant to learn this year will spring from those not-so-serene moments. Interesting the way the universe works. ❤️

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    Jean |
    July 18, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Pauline, I’m so happy to hear this! I think it’s helpful to those of us who think we’re not doing anything if we’re not writing (or whatever it is we do) to think of down time as ruminating time or, as Julie said, “refilling the well.” How can one get down on oneself thinking of it in that light!

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      July 18, 2017 at 12:51 pm

      So grateful for the support from you all!

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    April J Harris
    July 21, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    I’m so glad to hear we’ll be able to visit Saffron Sweeting again in the future, and I’m excited for your short stories too, Pauline! I think life gets on top of us all from time to time – and with a Marathon and a visit to London you will definitely be keeping busy. Please do let me know when you are going to be on my side of the pond 🙂

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