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Keeping Boredom At Bay

March 16th, 2020

First, thanks to Ruth for last week’s blog. I love the humorous way she writes and I think her suggestion of working with a friend is a really good one. Especially in these difficult times when our movements might become more restricted. It’s something that you can do from the comfort of your own home via your laptop or tablet.

And talking about movements being restricted, I  may not be in the 70+ range but I’m gearing up for having to curtail my activities a little. And for me, that means finding some great big, whopping books to read. At the moment I’m reading The Devil That Danced by Aminatta Forna. It’s a beautiful, lyrical book about her childhood in Sierra Leone, the murder of her father by the regime and the country as it has been recently with all its troubles and bloodshed. At 500-plus pages it’s a very satisfying read! I’ve read a couple of her novels, too – The Memory of Love and The Hired Man – and they don’t disappoint.

Other writers who produce lovely, long, satisfying books include Donna Tartt and Jonathan Franzen. And let’s not forget Hilary Mantel – the final instalment of her Cromwell trilogy The Mirror and the Light should be published this month. If you’ve not already read Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, then you’ve a treat waiting for you.

If you’re a fantasy fan, then why not forget the films and TV adaptations and re-visit Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings or George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novel series? Either of them will keep you going for a while.

But don’t forget that it might get to the  point where libraries and book shops close so if you’ve never had an e-reader before, now might be the time to invest. They’re not overly expensive and, if you’re a member, they can give you access to your local library’s shelves via apps free of charge. So, you don’t need to spend a fortune with Amazon!

On the other hand, if you want to write, rather than read, to while away the hours, then don’t forget that our 2020 Short Story Competition is accepting entries until 31st March. We want intriguing, well-written stories up to 2000 words. The first prize is £300 plus a Writers Bureau course of your choice – so not to be sneezed at (no pun intended). All other winners also receive cash and courses.

My guest next week is Mick Smith. He enjoys running as well as writing and he explains how the same approach works for each – get on with it, even when you feel least like making the effort. Push through the pain barrier!

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