New Year, New Start

Welcome to a shiny new year. What are your plans for the coming months? We had a decent, relaxing holiday, with a very busy first half and a very lazy second half. The Saturday before Christmas was perhaps our busiest day. This was the day we went out and did ALL of the Christmas shopping.... Continue Reading →

Domestic weekend

We manged to have another weekend off, an entire weekend to ourselves without any obligations to anyone else. And we got quite a lot of work done too, both around the house and on creative stuff. On Friday evening, the poet continued to edit the 'G' is for ... video for the alphabet adventurers. By... Continue Reading →

A good writing day

Despite the recent difficulties I've been having regarding finding a new paperback publisher, yesterday turned out to be a good writing day. My working days are clearly split into two now, with "my work" for 3 hours in the morning and "client work" for 3 hours in the afternoon. The rest of the (working) day... Continue Reading →

Organised again

I've been a bit overwhelmed with trying to catch up with work again, but I think I finally reached a balance once more. The past week in particular has been busy - as usual. I've not had a single idle day, though, and I'm looking forward to the week ahead. On Monday I caught up... Continue Reading →

Logging time, and a thunderstorm

The time-logging app worked on Monday, very well - to an extent. So too did the "no housework" thing. I say to an extent, because on Monday afternoon we had a thunderstorm. Only a little one. There was one distant rumble ... and then the internet dropped out. It took several hours to re-set itself... Continue Reading →

Technobabble

I'm not great technically. I get by. I can learn how to do many things, and I even learned computer programming once upon a time. But these technical giants, they don't exactly make things any easier, do they? The past few days I've been working on the blog. I'm transferring my domain name over to... Continue Reading →

Slow day yesterday

When we moved house, we treated Rufus to 2 new baskets. One was for the living room, the other was for the bedroom/office. This is the one currently in the office. Do you think he likes it? I didn't get a lot done yesterday. I didn't feel like doing much anyway. Here's how it went:... Continue Reading →

The best laid plans … again

It was just starting to go well, with everything dropping into place. I had a great list of things to do. We were going out Friday evening. And we were taking the weekend off ... ... and then the dog disappeared. For three hours. He'd escaped from the garden and I was certain a car... Continue Reading →

Decisions made (*** lists alert ***)

I spent much of yesterday trying to prioritise my workload and putting jobs into some sort of workable order. I even did a little writing, which was very good. Yesterday Following my navel-gazing, here is what I finally accomplished: I wrote 479 words (against a 1,000-word target ...) ✓ I continued reading a book for NetGalley... Continue Reading →

To-do list (*** list alert ***)

So, it's all over bar the shouting. Well, actually, it's all over. We've moved the last scrap of wood over from the old house to the new house. We've handed over the keys. It's taken us two and a half weeks, but everything we own is now back under one roof. This means I have... Continue Reading →

Round-up and to-do list

I had a lot to do again last week, and I didn't manage to do them all. daily writing exercise write a blog post every day I only managed one of each of these last week, and they were both on Wednesday. Saying that, I've done both already today, but it's unlikely I'll get any... Continue Reading →

Round-up and to-do list

I'm a bit late with this, this week, but I have been busy, just not necessarily busy doing what I was supposed to be doing ... I did some work on Saturday last week, at the front end of the week not the tail end. Here is how I did for the rest of the... Continue Reading →

The alphabet adventurers

The time is near for my lifestyle blog, Tales From Baggins Bottom, to pack itself away. It has served me well, since 2005, across Blogger and WordPress. But things change, move on. And so have we. I have two new blogs that will probably cover everything that Baggins Bottom used to. One of these is... Continue Reading →

Working at the weekend

I don't often work at the weekend, or of an evening if I can help it - unless, of course, there's a genuine emergency and only then if it's for me or for a regular client. Since we installed the new office, we've both been drawn to it, even of an evening or at the... Continue Reading →

Round-up & to-do list

I had quite a hefty to-do list last week, one that even made me gulp, and only 4½ days in which to do everything. However, I got through pretty much most of it in the end. In fact, I had quite a good week. Here's how I did: choose illustrations for history book write captions... Continue Reading →

A time-management experiment

On Sunday I pre-scheduled Monday's blog post (round-up) and I worked on my diary for the coming week. I stuck to my original plan of having an hour for morning chores, an admin hour, three hours of writing, three hours of client work and an hour for dinner (lunch). On Tuesday and Thursday of this... Continue Reading →

Round-up & to-do list

The week before Easter was a 4-day week. I had a lot to do before we broke up on Thursday, all of which was on the history book. Here's how I did: complete the Cadbury book Yes! I worked really, really hard to get this into a finished state, and I submitted it at around... Continue Reading →

A new office

So I have a desk in the dining room overlooking the bird table in the garden. The desk is of a very dark oak and it goes very well with the rest of the dining furniture. It's a bit cold and drafty, I have to have a fan heater on most of the time, but... Continue Reading →

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