I’ve been absent from this blog for quite a while, and my other writing has diminished to the point that it’s now almost non-existent. I had another letter published in the TV Times recently, but my short story, flash fiction and poetry submissions failed to hit the mark. And, to be honest, it has left me feeling battered and bruised. Despite hammering away at this writing lark for years, this is probably my worst year yet, in terms of measurable success. I understand all writers receive rejections, even those who are well established. I also realise people will judge that my commitment has waned and I should just push on, but I feel like the proverbial couple trying to conceive: the harder they try, the less likely a positive outcome. In real life cases what often happens is once they relax and stop caring so much, they become pregnant. I need to reach that stage because in trying too hard I’ve stopped enjoying the process. My creative ovaries are as shrivelled as prunes left out in the Mediterranean sun. So, I’ve decided to take a break from writing in the hope that I can recapture my mojo. That’s not to say I’m giving up completely. To see my work in print is one of my greatest wishes. My approach is to pursue other creative projects, which may help to unleash my literary imagination and allow me to return to my writing endeavours with a renewed vigour.
This I’ve done by indulging in the creation of homemade products. It’s such a sense of achievement to realise you’ve brought a number of elements together and created something others can enjoy. Just like good writing, in fact. One of the things I’ve made is a cordial that I’d originally come across at the Trove café in Levenshulme. I found a recipe on the Waitrose website and my Cucumber and Mint Syrup was born. Everyone — me included — who’s tasted it, loves it. I have to admit it’s refreshing and delicious and shall be added into the Christmas stockings of a couple of family members.
My other joy that’s allowing me to relax and remain creative is button art. And, surprisingly, I’ve discovered I’m quite good at it. I’ve already produced a present from my grandson to his mum and I’m working on several other projects for Christmas presents. The point is, unlike the current state of my writing, I’m enjoying it. It allows my mind to wander and, by doing so, will hopefully enable me to conceive of an idea worthy of a publishable literary child. And, if not, the end result is still a beautiful piece of work of which I’m proud to claim authorship.
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