If 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.