We Were On A Break…

Jess McGlynnMay 28, 2015

If you are a regular reader then you may have noticed that things have been a little quieter here than usual.

This time of year is always chaos; we are thrown into birthday season and as Meg and Eli get older so their expectations rise of what will happen for their special day.  I loved planning Meg’s ballet birthday party and I will never forget the sheer look of joy on her face but I was left completely exhausted in the days that followed.

Not least because two days later it was my birthday and the long awaited day of my book release which also brought its own levels of fun (think automatic pre-order cancellations and disappearing books!)  This has been a rollercoaster in itself and continues to be so.  I am constantly amazed that even one person has bought the book, and love hearing how people are finding it.  James says I need to have more confidence in it and promoting it, telling people how great it is but that really isn’t my style so I’m afraid you will have to put up with a tad more self-deprecation for now.

With all of that going on I was really pleased when last Friday rolled around and we took a long awaited and much needed holiday in Wales.  We are lucky enough that James’ auntie owns a cottage in North Wales and we were able to visit and stay for 5 wonderful days.  Just getting away from home can make such a difference to the way I feel within myself…I was supposed to be downing tools and stepping away from social media and the book and the blog for the duration of our time there and whilst I didn’t quite manage that (sad to say I did find myself sneaking a look at Amazon to see if there had been any more reviews in the early hours one morning…) I did find myself scouring Twitter less and only popping onto Instagram a couple of times.

I even managed to get some reading in which is something I haven’t had the brain capacity to do for a number of weeks.  I adore reading and getting lost in a fictional world; is it my ultimate way to switch off…getting to lie on the beach in the blissful sunshine, listening to the kids building sandcastles and splashing in the sea and reading was wonderful.  Even if it was on my kindle and not an actual, real paper book!

I indulged in far too many ice creams, didn’t get as much writing done as I had hoped and am sure I have come back more tired than when I went (the perils of walking for hours and sleeping in a different bed) but I have also come back completely re-inspired about the setting for my next book, with some lovely new memories and a real desire for it to be July for our ‘big’ summer holiday and two weeks together as a family.

I’m sure I will be writing up our holiday in more detail, once I’ve waded through the 600 photos I took and 80-odd videos I filmed but for now I wanted to give you a little update.  I am still here!


  • write mummy write…

    May 29, 2015 at 14:22

    Hi Jess, I just wanted to say a quick virtual hello as it seems like we're on similar paths here! I'm also a freelance copywriter, journalist and aspiring novelist! I'm in the middle of writing my first novel called the Worry Dolls aimed at teenagers. It's lovely to discover your blog as we are a bit different from mummy bloggers. My blog is: http://www.writemummywrite.co.uk and I also have my own site for my journalist and copywriting called (weirdly!) http://www.dawngeddeswrites.co.uk Any way just thought I'd say hello, it's lovely to read so many blogs and get some inspiration for my own writing xx

  • Claire@ClarinasContemplations

    May 29, 2015 at 14:22

    That Kindle pic is stunning Jess… Glad you had a good break! 🙂

  • rebecca beesley

    May 31, 2015 at 14:55

    so glad you had a nice break. I've got your book on my phone but when we went away last week we had no electricity (a lovely glamping holiday where we were forced to switch off and unwind) so i didn't get to read it whilst away- have just started it now and am loving meeting the characters. x

  • Stephie

    June 10, 2015 at 10:15

    HAAA! I've just noticed what you're reading in the Kindle pic 😉 😉

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