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.