Quick note on my absence/presence

I’ve been away from this blog (and Twitter, and Tumblr, and Mindless Ones) for a few weeks now. The reasons are fairly straightforward:

I started a new job three weeks ago. This means I have to get up two hours earlier in the morning than previously. Given my sleep problems, this means that I’ve had a recurring pattern of “one day too tired to think but unable to get to sleep til 2AM anyway, one day so exhausted I’m in actual physical pain from tiredness and collapse into bed at 8PM and sleep through til morning, one day of actual coherence”, repeat ad nauseam. The last two Saturdays I’ve slept fourteen hours or so in a desperate attempt to catch up on sleep.

I’ve also, this month, been to see Richard Herring, Mark Steel, the Magic Band and Richard Thompson, and attended a local party meeting. Next week I’m going to a classical concert and a play.

In the tiny amount of spare time I’ve had left, I’ve been working on my novel, and that’s where all my spare words have gone. I’ve got about 50,000 words of what should be a roughly 60,000 word draft done.

I’m saying all this again now because it’s about to end. Next week is a four-day week, and I’ve got the week after that off. I’m going to use that time to finish this draft of the novel, and after that week I’ll be working from home three days a week, so I’ll have a lot more spare time and a lot fewer sleep problems. And I have fewer nights out planned for the entire rest of the year than I had this month.

So I’ll be back soon, and properly.

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3 Responses to Quick note on my absence/presence

  1. Larry Sojka says:

    Andrew,

    You are working your tucas off, as usual – thank goodness you had some time to go to some gigs. I have not seen Richard Thompson in a long time, and have lost track of his releases – how was that particular concert, if you don’t mind me asking?

    • Andrew Hickey says:

      Definitely don’t mind. I’d intended to write a review here, but time got the better of me. It was *really* good. He’s playing with just a bass player and drummer at the moment (the drummer’s technique was absolutely fascinating to watch) and the set consisted of three or four songs from the new album (including one song called Salford Sunday, which went down extremely well because we were in Salford on a Sunday), followed by all the classics — Wall Of Death, Did She Jump, Vincent Black Lightning, Al Bowlly’s In Heaven and so on. It was very much a set of the obvious choices, but there’s a reason those choices are obvious.
      He’s still as good as ever on the guitar — I can’t believe anyone can actually make that sound on Vincent Black Lightning — and he was much funnier and more engaged with the audience than the previous time I’d seen him.
      I went with my wife and my brother, neither of whom were especially familiar with his repertoire (and my wife was unwell, as well), and I was in a ridiculously bad mood (because on the way there I’d been physically and verbally assaulted by a gang of football fans) and yet we all came out grinning. Just a wonderful show.
      Sorry I can’t go into more detail, but off to work…

      • Larry Sojka says:

        Andrew,
        Many thanks for your kind reply. I’m going to try and pick up the new album – I heard some tracks on a National Public Radio program, and they sounded great – he is a truly wonderful artist. Jesus – as hellish as it can be to live in the USA, especially if you happen to be non-white, altercations with football fans are a bit of a rarity – Merry Olde England…

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