Change is Afoot
With only a couple of weeks to go until the clocks spring forward, it feels like the air is full of change at the moment. This morning I woke up to snow in the garden; by lunchtime it had melted into slush. Yesterday I started the day feeling inexplicably anxious; this afternoon I feel peaceful and calm. Last week it seemed like spring had finally arrived, yet this week’s Arctic temperatures remind us that winter is still working its magic. We are drifting through the liminal space between seasons where each day tells a different story.
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Instead of focusing on the changing world outside, I’ve been looking inwards this week. Popping the heating up an extra half a degree, reading stories in bed with Olive, sipping coffee and gently working through plans for the rest of the year. I’m starting to pencil in dates to talk about The Bridleway at book festivals - which is exciting! But the last time I properly promoted a new book was back in 2019, a year in which I took on too much and ended up burning out (then had a baby in a global pandemic, lol). I’m feeling positive about the new book but I’m also keeping an eye on myself to make sure I don’t overwhelm my schedule too much, especially as I now have two kids to somehow work into the picture. I’ll share dates for festivals and talks as they are confirmed - and if you’d like to come to one, please do! And if you fancy pre-ordering the book on any bookselling platforms, it all really helps. Thank you!
I’m off for a dog walk in the slush, hoping to see a goldcrest as they seem to be following me around at the moment… Lev Parikian shared a post the other day from someone who weighed out common birds in skittles. A goldcrest weighs five skittles! Isn’t that lovely?