I did, however, get most of the things done that I’d wanted to do. And I also got paid, which is always nice.
I spent a lot of time writing and planning future bits of writing. I spent a bit of time investigating a couple of cases: one person who suspected their partner of having an affair, one claim that someone had tried to murder someone else.
Both cases were a little more complex than I’d initially expected them to be, but I do like a challenge, so that’s fine. And I managed to get them wrapped up before the end of the week so that I could spend my weekend focusing on other things.
My house is coming along nicely. It’s now about half done; it has all the walls and floors it should have, and most of the rest of the work will just be cosmetic. Except the boiler, which really needs to be fixed at some point.
There also seem to be several insect infestations popping up, which I’m not exactly ecstatic about.
I had ants a while ago, managed to get rid of them, and now they’re back. There are also a couple of families of creepy-crawlies living under my bathroom floor, who were probably disturbed when the builders replaced the floor and now are merrily trekking around the bathroom while I’m sitting on the toilet. The insects, that is, not the builders.
This week’s main visitors are three silverfish and a centipede.
The cat is unhappy with the current state of affairs and has taken to sulking in the bookcase pretty much 24/7. To be honest, I can hardly blame her. She’s afraid of flies and there are a lot of them around at the moment; she doesn’t like other people being in the house and there are builders here; and the whole living room smells like sewage because the drains directly below the window are old and keep getting blocked.
But on the whole, we’re moving forward. Getting there gradually.
On Thursday morning I went to interview someone about a book he’d written. I discovered a nice little coffee shop in Covent Garden – Andronica’s World of Coffee – and can recommend it if you’re looking for a good place to have a business meeting. It was nicely decorated, not too busy, and the coffee was good. Coffee shop trifecta satisfied.
Saturday was supposed to be spent cleaning, but I’m hardly going to be in my flat for the next few weeks so it felt like a waste. Instead, I printed off the first quarter of a novel which I’ve just written, lay outside in the sunshine and started editing it.
This morning I had an idea for another book which I now want to start writing, but I’ve told myself I’m not allowed to do that until I’ve finished the last one. Let’s see if that lasts.
Today I hopped on a train and came to Brighton. I caught up with some friends I haven’t seen in way too long, and then checked in to my hotel and finished some final bits of work for tomorrow.
Tomorrow morning I’m going in to my old school to talk to their Year Ten pupils about being a woman working in technology. I’m looking forward to catching up with everyone.
This week I read
The Buddha Pill: Can Meditation Change You? by Miguel Farias & Catherine Wikholm
Foreigner In Charge by Padraig O’Sullivan
Until next time.