Candice: I think Phil and I would both agree that we are struggling at the moment. We’ve had pockets this year where we’ve had time on our hands (me more than him for a change) to really get on with some writing stuff.
We’ve chatted, sat in Libraries and written and I’ve tried to get Instagram off the ground, again. But it’s all come to not a lot at the moment as he has been overtaken by train shows and me a full-time job (again).
Where do we go from here? At the moment I feel like we keep creating promises we can’t keep. Part of the problem is the only people who we are making the promises to are each other, and if we don’t prod each other than everything goes to pot. We’ve always said that the writing partnership drives us in a way that writing on our own just wouldn’t. But currently, even that extra support is failing.
I’ve been through beating myself up for it. I’m still the person in the office that people say – ‘You do that and that and that…!’. Well yes, but sometimes I’ve over-egged my pudding, overstuffed my diary and actually there is no time for me!
I’ve been in trying to get to grips with my new commute and how that works with childcare and exercise. Luckily, though my current workplace has got rid of the swimming pool (sad face) I can still go for a 5km run in my lunch break once a week which helps the mental and physical health. However, with short, dark days, getting up and going home is hard work, especially when it takes you over an hour to do the commute. Writing time just doesn’t feature.
Phil’s been busy doing shows and writing articles, his workload never ends either, though it doesn’t involve those trips to the gym which are important to me!
We are meeting on Friday and I’ve decided to put a stake in the sand and say ‘What are we doing?” We haven’t put a new book out in years and we’ve also been experimenting with mentoring. We need to pick one idea and stick with it, as we just don’t have the time to do it all and instead we are doing things piecemeal and not doing any of them well.
I’ve plumped for finishing Book 3. There is some cracking stuff in there and I want to get it out there. Phil – well I don’t know his thoughts. If you hear about fights in Birmingham on Friday it might be us.