Reading, Rugby and Being a Writer…#LittleLoves

Jess McGlynnFebruary 12, 2016

I had an absolutely manic time of it last week so I didn’t manage to post much on the blog.  This week has been a lot better; I am beginning to see that I really need structure in my working week as much as possible.  I can’t always guarantee when clients will send work and set deadlines but I can try and make the most of the days I set aside to work and not faff about for hours on pointless and un-work related stuff!

I am back this week and though and ready to share my Little Loves:-


I finished reading my current book ‘Leaving Time’ by Jodi Picoult.  I got this for Christmas and it had been a while since I picked up one of her books so it seemed a good time.  I can’t really tell you what I made of it.  It wasn’t at all what I was expecting if I’m honest.  It’s about elephants and psychics and ghosts and mistakes and as with many Picoult books it challenges your perception on things and has a fair few twists and turns.  I wasn’t all that comfortable with the subject matter although I did love learning about the elephants!


Sadly (depending on whether you are talking to me or James) I am still on a Glee binge.  I’ve now made it to Season 4 and I’m watching episodes I’ve never seen before as I think we only watched the first few in Season 3.  It’s still enjoyable even though I know it’s going to have a sad outcome when I finally reach Season 6.

We also watched the first episode of The Secret Life of the Zoo with Meg and Eli.  It’s a documentary behind the scenes at Chester Zoo and it was really quite fascinating.  It’s a 6 part documentary so we’re looking forward to seeing the rest.


My England Ruby top for the first game of the Six Nations.  Despite being surrounded by football fanatics most of the time, Rugby is my own little sport and I love watching it.  Not so keen on England’s performance but we’ll see how it goes over the rest of the tournament.


Charlie Puth’s album ‘Nine Track Mind’; it was only released a couple of weeks ago and I chanced it on Spotify.  It’s a really enjoyable album and I’ve been loving having it on in the background whilst I’ve been working this week.


As well as trying to structure my days better I’ve also been trying to eat better on the days I’m working at home.  When I’m busy I tend to eat very badly often grabbing a packet of crisps and a chocolate bar at lunchtime to snack on and keep me going until dinner.  This week though I’ve tried some new recipes and although it has taken a larger portion of my time I’ve felt so much better.  One of my successes was tuna stir fry rice.  Really yummy and I made enough to have it a couple of times.

And Lastly…

This week I shared the first chapter on the manuscript I’m currently working on.  You can read it here.  Just after Christmas I felt really subdued about how hard it has been to self-publish and then keep momentum going.  Nearly all of the success stories I have read online involve putting tens of thousands of pounds into marketing campaigns (and how many ordinary people have that kind of money lying about?!) but I’ve given myself a stern talking to and I’ve now got a plan of sorts for the next few months.  It can be so easy to lose sight of the fact that I loved writing Secrets of the River and I love hearing from people who have read it and enjoyed it and that’s why I write.

Have a great week all.


  • Morgana

    February 24, 2016 at 10:00

    That stir fry look delicious. I'm rubbish with food at home and end of snacking loads. Its defo the downside to working from home! xx

  • Not A Frumpy Mum

    February 24, 2016 at 10:00

    Your tuna stir fry looks lovely, I tend to be a bit rubbish at eating when I'm at home too! xx

  • MumReinvented

    February 24, 2016 at 10:00

    You reminded me I still need to read Secrets of the River. It's been on my Amazon wishlist for ages! That Jodi Picoult book sounds a bit of an odd combo, but she is a great writer. Have a great week!

  • Louise Fairweather

    February 24, 2016 at 10:00

    I love your mug! I promise to get round to reading your book soon – I am officially rubbish!

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