Wednesday, 11 February 2015

New chapter, new book

Sorry this is all a bit short on detail; there'll be more to tell soon I hope, but I have news! Well, sort of a headline without an actual story…. I'm in the throws of writing a craft book, which is massively exciting and terrifying, and when the time's right, I will fill in the gaps. When I'm allowed.

It's been full on - the blog's not the only thing that's been neglected - the house is a tip (not looking); the kids eat surrounded by mountains of cardboard and paint; my eldest's trouser hems are swinging way above his ankles, and there's admin stuff sitting by the toaster that's been gathering dust since Christmas.




But that's all okay (trousers have been ordered), because I'm being pushed and challenged, and I sort of remember thinking when I started this blog that that was what I wanted.
It's been scary though; such a steep learning curve, and my confidence comes and goes like shadows.

I agreed to pretty tight deadlines too, partly because I wanted to be seen to be keen, but also because I've only ever worked to deadlines. Thing is, when I worked as a tv reporter, I didn't have 3 kids and a husband who was only home at weekends. Know your limits…think I've found mine.

Anyway, I worked flat out and just managed to get everything ready for a recent photo shoot. It was an intense few days; challenging, interesting, exhausting, and a total and utter change - like stepping into someone else's life. It's weird only being responsible for yourself when you haven't done it for a while. Weird and lovely.

I stayed with an old school friend I don't see enough; the only downer was the daily commute - the misery of squeezing onto trains, pressed up against someone's armpit. I couldn't do that day in day out, not anymore. Too old for that malarky. Still, it did put the hellish school run in a better light.

We went out for a meal one night to a really hip club. It certainly felt pretty cool, but was so fashionably moody and dark, you couldn't actually see much. What's that all about? Am I showing my age again? Everything was a shade of brown, including the food. It was so murky, one friend walked straight past us and spent 10 minutes searching various rooms, even managing to stumble into Russell Brand in the dingy gloom. She said he looked scuzzy. Such a great word.

Our table was booked for 9.30. 9.30 on a Thursday night! Nothing much is open around me at 9.30 on a Thursday night. As far as I know anyway. I'm usually getting my knitting out around about then.

And now I'm back to the knitting, frosty school runs, grumpy kids, homework, mess, and thankfully the return of the glorious GB Sewing Bee. It's like I've never been away, except the book is happening. It really is.

12 comments:

  1. Wow, exciting stuff Tracy! I love your comments about life without kids - you're not alone in thinking restaurants are too dark - it's good to be able to see!

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    1. Glad it's not just me! Thanks Sally :)

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  2. Far out! You used to be a TV reporter AND you've got a book being published! Massive congrats, hope you can tell us more soon. Russell Brand always looks like he needs a good wash to me.
    xx

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    1. Thanks lovely! Find it hard to believe I did the radio and tv stuff now. Feels like 100 years ago!

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  3. Fantastic news!! So so pleased for you! Good luck with it all! :) xx

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  4. I am SO impressed by what you manage to juggle - quite an inspiration. I once slept with Russell Brand ... that is to say, we were sleeping in the same cabin in an aeroplane at the same time! And yes, I can't disagree with the scuzzy. Can't wait to hear more about the book. Well done you!

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    1. Thanks so much Rosemary, you're very kind, but not convinced I'm always that great at juggling! Slight intake of breath when I started reading about Russell... :)

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  5. Well done - it will all be worth it!

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  6. Wow, Tracey! Congratulations and well done! The book will be fantastic, as you are so talented! I'm sure you will in time also look back on this busy period with good memories as well.

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    1. I'm sure you're right, for all my moaning, I'm a better busy person! Thank you Jackie :)

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