If we were having coffee – 25 July 2015

IMG_4188If we were having coffee, I’d probably talk non-stop. It’s been a while since I had a relaxing conversation. Well, maybe it wasn’t that long, but hey, I like visitors. I flap a lot busying myself with tea, coffee, cake I made with a home-made gooseberry jam. Do you prefer red-current jam? No problem. We also have black-current jam. Not a fan? Never mind. Oh and let me get a plate of succulent strawberries and raspberries out.

Please, do interrupt my Azerbaijani ways of showing hospitality.

Once I settled down, I’d probably have a cup of tea. My favourite tea at the moment is Lady Grey and I take it with a small slice of lemon and, of course, a big slice of cake.

So, how have you been? I hope all your creative projects are moving along nicely.

I am doing well. I’ve just finished a piece I wrote for my writing mentor. It is the best type of writing I produce from time to time. I’ve been blocked for a while and found it extremely frustrating. I have a backlog of submissions to make, so time pressure didn’t help. At some point I got to the point where the pain of NOT writing was greater than surrendering. I love those moments despite the pain I go through because what I produce is alive and comes from somewhere deep in my belly. Those pieces are my favourite, because if I consciously sat and thought ‘and now this is what comes next in my story’, it can be a little stifled. The energy of those pieces is not the same. They come from my head. They are still good, but not as great as belly-writing.

It’s been a busy week. I am doing a lot. I don’t know what’s your idea of doing a lot, but here is mine:

  • I am learning two new tools which I am planning to incorporate into my 1:1 offering for women to free their authentic voice in life and in writing (or any other creative project);
  • I am offering 1:1 support to two women at the moment.
  • I am taking a self-enquiry writing course on intimacy and sexuality (I know, this one was long overdue). I write 1000 word submissions every week (it’s a six-week course) and my teacher’s feedback on this week’s exploration was this: ‘Gulara, this is the best writing you have produced since we’ve started working together over a year ago.’ Yay!
  • I generate new material for my writing mentor (around 7-8,000 words a month). A bit of a backlog at the moment.
  • I took part in a five day Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge
  • I’ve applied for one book proposal contest this week and planning to submit another proposal next week – please, wish me luck!
  • I met up with a friend and a colleague at my workplace on Monday. We had lunch at university canteen. Visiting university made me realise how much I’ve been enjoying maternity leave! On Tuesday, we had a friend over for tea. On Wednesday, I met up with two friends in a nearby town centre. It’s been great to be sociable. It’s the best strategy to keep me away from the screen.

Anyway, this list is just a tip of an iceberg. I don’t want to bore you with too much detail or overwhelm myself at how much I’ve piled up on my ‘to do’ list. And I am not even counting my other super important tasks, like tending to my two young kids, house, garden, cooking, last but not least, connecting with my wonderful and super-supportive husband!

Better get on and check on them. Week-ends are super busy even without creative projects or blogging. My toddler son wants to play!

Thank you for stopping by. I really enjoyed our little chat. Let me know how you are getting on. I’d love to connect. And before I forget, go over to Diana’s blog, the hostess of the weekend coffee shares. You can even leave your own post in the relevant link.

12 thoughts on “If we were having coffee – 25 July 2015

  1. Oh thank you. It does sound as if you had a very nice week besides blogging.
    Glad to hear that you enjoy your maternity leave, you will probably and hopefully make the most out of it.

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  2. Yikes Gulara you do sound busy – like a bee! There’s a lot on your plate! I’m just back from my first ‘lesson’ with Margariet, using charcoals! Ish, it was difficult but the idea is to unlearn what we normally see and see (my own face in a mirror) differently, using charcoal and smudging, no hard lines. I had to leave pretty early this morning, going somewhere I’ve never been before – and quite far away.
    Well done on your writing projects and how lovely to get very positive feedback from your teacher on your writing!
    Would love to have coffee and cake with you – and I’d request several (slightly) smaller slices with all the offerings of different jams, thank you very much 🙂 And hopefully, some lovely thick Jersey cream ….

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    • Charcoals are great! I posted two charcoal paintings I’ve done in my art class (on Day 2 of the challenge?). Our teacher asked us to copy a composition, then we were asked to turn the paper around and copy another composition over it. The shapes which emerged were amazing and were not something I could have thought consciously. Ah, I miss that class… Enjoy, Susan! It’s amazing how when we get out of our own way in one creative activity, the same can potentially happen with our writing.
      As to coffee, it sounds great! Small slices of cake with different jams and Jersey cream – you are a dream guest!

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