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Time To Try Something Different?

January 11th, 2021

A rather belated New Year to all our readers!  I’m sure many of you found your plans changing at the last minute and that, overall, it was a rather peculiar time. But, we’ve got through it and need to start looking to the future.

I’ve decided not to make any resolutions this year. I’m rather tired of listening to all the self-help gurus giving advice and suggesting we should be ‘mindful’ or that we think of three things to be thankful for before we go to bed each night.

Instead, I’m just going to try to get through this difficult time as best I can using my own inner resources (and the occasional glass of red wine!) I find I’m going to bed earlier at night (hibernation?) and that I’m reading a lot more. Plus, I’ve got to agree with those who advocate a dose of daily exercise, if it’s only to top-up your vitamin D levels.

Moving back to reading, I’ve found that because conventional libraries are closed, immediate availability of books on BorrowBox (the library app) has plummeted. When trying to reserve some books the waiting time can be months. I recently reserved Richard Osman’s The Thursday Murder Club and I think I’ll have to wait till July to read it!

But this hasn’t been all negative. I’m a bit of a book junkie – if I don’t have at least one to hand I start to get twitchy. So, I’ve been trying out some new authors that I’ve never heard of – just because the books are available immediately. And I’ve been amazed how much I’ve enjoyed some of them. So, a word of advice: don’t just stick with what you know and like. Stir things up a bit; try something different.

We’ve now chosen the winners of our recent Flash Fiction Competition and they will be available on our website shortly. There will also be details of our next competition to keep you busy.

My guest next week is Simon Whaley who will be giving some excellent advice on how to boost the return you get on your articles by supplying photos with them.


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