Going Cold Turkey

This week I am giving up some stuff and today is my first day of going cold turkey.

Personally I don’t like that saying, what does it even mean? What is a cold turkey and why do we make reference to one when we are effectively withholding something from ourselves that we actually want? I honestly don’t know, please feel free to tell me if you know.

So anyway this week I am giving up.

A: Alcohol

B: Dieting

C: My laptop

The reasons being.

A: We went to a wedding at the weekend which was spectacular but I am sure that amount of wine is not good for you no matter which way you look at it.

B: Last week I only ate Bran Flakes so I could fit into the super slinky silk dress for the wedding. Now I am beyond hungry and I only plan to eat pasta this week, more than likely three times a day.

C: It has come to my attention that I am slightly obsessed with my writing and that my zealous scribbling is making me into a workaholic. Now, anyone who knows me will be able to tell you I am so far from being a workaholic this is actually quite a unique position for me to be in. But I am going to try and reign it is and control it a bit more so I have a better balance in my life, both for me and my family.

So this week for one week only I am keeping my laptop shut (after I have finished this post) no editing, no scribbling, no plotting, nothing. One whole week off. Instead I am going to do things like housework, watch movies, read books and all the stuff that I used to like doing (the housework bit is an extension of the truth).

Can I do it? I don’t know, I am finding it a little unnerving and it is only the first day. I am going to give it a good try though and that’s what going cold turkey is all about I think. it’s about trying to give something up until you finally crave and decide that you need your turkey hot.

Here it goes….I am closing down…..

Oh, hold on. I need to go out on a song.

I love this band, and this song is particularly apt.

 

Now I am going.

 

Nashville Crush

My name is Anna Bloom and I am an addict…..

….

…Of Nashville.

Have you ever?? Oh lordy above, that program is so ridiculously addictive I cant stop myself. My sister is reading this, thinking, “hell I told that woman to watch that months ago.” But you know I have been busy writing and stuff so I am only catching up now.

Last night I sat up till gone eleven screaming at the telly and randomly texting my sister quotes, for example. 

“He just said ‘I’m done talking’!! Squeal.”

When I started watching there was one character I really did not like, at all, to the point I had to fast forward all scenes with him in. By the end of my marathon last night he had completely grown on me, then he sang the song I have linked in below and I was done for.

Why oh why did I not have this song when I was writing The Uni File Year Two. It would have been perfect for the big Easter Scene??

This song perfectly captures all the emotions I have been trying to get down on the page. I hope I have succeeded.

 

And if you have not been watching, why the hell not?

The Saving of Benjamin Chambers

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So it’s official. The Uni File Novella: The Saving of Benjamin Chambers has been picked up and is going to be released in time for Christmas.

I am so ridiculously excited about this. I loved writing from Ben’s perspective and also giving a glimpse into the back story behind Ben and Lilah’s love thing.

Even more exciting is that there is going to be a teaser / glimpse at the end of The Uni Files Year One when it comes out in September so everyone can get a  little sneak peek early.

So without further ado here is the blurb for The Saving of Benjamin Chambers.

Benjamin Chambers needs saving, he just does not know it yet. Bored of his life of repetitive gigs with a band going nowhere fast and one night stands with girls who are only interested in his role as a lead singer, something has got to change. It’s just what do you do when the only life you know involves messing around with guitars and attempting to run away from any female attention that comes your way.

Ben has a New Year’s resolution and one that he is determined to keep, quit the band and get a life of his own. Little does Ben realise that on his last night with his band Sound Box he is going to meet a girl who will turn everything he knows upside down.

As Ben sets himself the challenge to find ‘The Girl’ again, he may be about to learn that in an effort to rescue her, he himself will be the one to be saved.