5.30am I’m woken by a noise. Is it the cats? No, they’re silent just now. Is it a burglar? No, I live in such an out-of-the-way spot. Has the boiler blown up? No, thankfully. Was it in my dream? Ahh yes, it all comes back. I was woken (too late to go back to sleep) by a noise in my dream!
5.40am Try to upload family photos onto facebook. Poor connection will not allow this.
6.00am Make tea. Attempt to feed cats but realize the next box of food is in the utility room which is separate to the house and it’s raining outside.
6.10am Do a few yoga stretches, enough to stop the guilt, not enough to be called daily practice.
6.25am Eat bananas and almond butter on brown sourdough toast.
6.45am Wash, dress. Feed cats.
7.00am Write a shopping list and a things to accomplish list. Look at the things outstanding on yesterdays things to accomplish list. Sigh.
7.10am Make coffee. Sit with kids. Write a letter to the school about dentist.
7.40am Mad panic to get forgotten rubbish and recycling outside in time. Tidy up.
8.00am School run.
8.30am Finish crazy patchwork block for quilt that I started yesterday (not on list of things to accomplish).
9.00am Check e-mails (answer a few), check facebook (upload photos), read a few posts from people I follow (not on list).
9.20am Iron small pile of clothes (not on list).
9.35am Look at things to accomplish list (yesterdays and todays). Make coffee.
9.55am Sort out material scraps (not on list).
10.15am Read through notes for latest book. Write 6 words (to finish yesterday’s sentence – yes I do sometimes stop mid-sentence?! I don’t get it either!).
10.30am Look at overall skeleton plan for novel. Think what a long way still to go. Sigh. Get cross with myself and think how much I’ve already done. Look out of the window.
11.00am Put sewing things away, clear table, get serious.
11.15am Check my accounts, and do some banking transactions (not on list).
11.30am Wish I had an evil Victorian taskmaster to stand over me and force me to write. Ponder why it’s so hard to get on with what I really love doing. Imagine myself back employed in a job I hate, with no time to write. Sigh.
11.45am Write 3 paragraphs. Make tea.
12.30pm Read paragraphs. Delete first two.
12.45pm Write another four paragraphs. Enjoy slight flicker of satisfaction.
1.30pm Give in to stomach rumbling. Eat mackerel salad.
2.00pm Write solidly for two hours, wondering what the big deal was.
4.00pm School run. Make tea. Catch up with kids.
5.00pm Write intermittently whilst preparing dinner. Wish I hadn’t wasted the morning.
6.30pm Eat Baked chicken and vegetables with brown basmati. Clear up.
7.15pm Finish chapter (including the last sentence).
8.30pm Work on tapestry cushion cover whilst watching history programme on Medieval Birth, Marriage and Death.
10.00pm Cross two things off list. Admire quilting blocks. Vow to do better. Read. Sleep.