Stationery porn

I had the total joy of recording a podcast with my amazing friend Jane, founder of Quiet the Hive this week. Jane inspires, energises and empowers women to lead from every level through training, coaching and sharing tips and ideas through her amazing organisation, Quiet the Hive. Check her out if you haven’t already, you won’t regret it.

Jane kindly invited me to record a podcast with her about procrastination (have a listen here if you need help with this age old problem). It was tons of fun and funnily enough, ended my book writing procrastination and got me started on brainstorming the ideas that I have had in my teeny tiny brain for the last 15 years in my new, bright orange notebook of JOY.

What is it about new stationery? Maybe it’s the touch and feel of the cover and the crisp, fresh page, or the smell when you unwrap it? For me, it’s all to do with opening the first blank page and not knowing what journey it will take you on. Always an exciting moment for me.

I brainstormed a bit, put down the notebook as I thought I had ‘run out’ and had a cuppa. When I had finished my cuppa, I picked that orange bad boy back up and, surprisingly, found that I had some ideas for settings and maybe even a hint of a few storylines to note down. Wooohooo! I think the brainstorming had uncorked years of feelings of, ‘I want to write a book, but I am not the author type’ (whatever that is). It allowed the ideas that had permeated my mind for years, to flow, unhindered onto the page. It felt like I had ‘done’ a detox or had a sauna for an hour; I could breathe easily, my skin felt great but I also felt like I needed a little nana nap to get over it all.

To celebrate actually writing some ‘stuff’ down, the boys and I headed to Sand Bay which we can now visit as lockdown has eased somewhat. What a place! I don’t often get a feeling of total calm alongside inspiration. All I wanted to do was come back on my own one day with my orange bad boy (notebook) and sit, think and write.

When I got home from Sand Bay I got a rather lovely text from my mate Rich. He said he knew a self published author, did I want to hook up with him? (professionally of course) I bit his arm off and had a bloody useful chat with John, sci-fi writing legend. He gave me some amazing tips about self publishing and some pointers for inspiration when you don’t feel like the writing is going well.

Not only did new friends help me this week, some longer standing ones sent me some thoughtful things through the post. The art of handwritten letters and cards is back! Thank you lockdown, I bloody love it. Definitely think about sending some handwritten cards and letters if you haven’t already, it’s such a lush boost for both people.

What an amazing fortnight. I have:

Loved: Recording a podcast for the 1st time, getting over the fear of writing, finding inspirational places to write and hooking up with other authors to hear their thoughts.

Disliked: Thinking too much about the whole publishing thing. I am enjoying just writing and being creative right now.

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