Saturday, 7 March 2015

Chocolate and music!


Check out this gorgeous box of handmade German chocolates. Yes, I've eaten one already - it is past 10am, and they've been in the house for two hours. I think I've been quite restrained.

If you've been hanging around my blog, or my Facebook page, recently you'll know that Hubby has been on a five and a half week tour of Germany to promote the digital release of his album Six Strings... Keep Me Sane. Well, he's back! Yay, everything can return to normal.


I made the decision to put my writing on the back burner while he was away to make sure I was on top of everything else, like cooking. I've been scribbling a few flash fictions for the A-Z Challenge, but left larger projects alone; but now I'm really looking forward to getting stuck back in.

Not writing is hard, but sometimes it's necessary. Before Peter went away, I was in a bit of a writing rut - staring at a blank screen, having ideas running through my head, but being unable to put them into words - and now I can't wait to get back to it. My dreams have been getting more and more vivid, which is a sure sign my creative juices are flowing without a proper outlet.

In related news, it's finally light when my alarm goes off in the morning, and when I walked the dog over the last couple of days, I actually had to take my coat off!







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  1. Those chocolates look amazing - well done for waiting so long to eat them, I would've torn into them the second I opened them ;). So glad to hear you're feeling more creative :)! I have a theory that my creativity is related to the weather - I'm definitely more productive when the sun is shining and it's light outside. Isn't it great that we're getting sun instead of snow/rain/hail/rain/storms/more rain? Hooray for spring!

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    1. He brought back another box, too, that weighs a kilogram - they'll be eaten first so I can really savour this special box. I am so happy to see the sun, and feel some warmth on my skin again. I am very ready for spring!

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  2. I agree, those chocolates look yummy. Yay for your husband being back. I really hope you can get some writing done, I know that really means a lot to you. I'm wishing for cooler weather on my end. It's still blisteringly hot everyday.

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    1. Hope the temperature comes down for you soon, Murees!

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  3. Glad your husband is back. Hope you can dive back into your writing now. I'd be the opposite - writing while my wife was away to fill the time.

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    1. With animals and children, I had my hands full enough. Writing would have kept me way too occupied :-)

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  4. you earned the chocolates - the boys are alive, you are still sane, and spring is arriving. Glad your hubby is back, and his tour did sound amazing based on FB posts. I hope he's happy too. Have another chocolate!

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    1. His tour went very well, Joanne - thanks for keeping up with his posts! And, yes, I think I will have another chocolate :-)

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  5. Glad the hubby is back and brought you chocolates :) I would have probably eaten the whole box already. I always think that I'll be able to write a ton whenever my fiance is away but it never works out.

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    1. There's a bigger box, Sarah, that I didn't photograph. It's a kilogram... well, it's a kilogram minus 4 chocolates ;-)

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  6. Congrats to your husband for his tour and album! I'm sure you'll be writing away soon. I prefer the sunshine to write in, but it's still in short supply up here!

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    1. The sun is only fleeting down here at the moment. It'll soon be summer :-)

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  7. Yay your hubby is back! And, oh gosh, those chocolates look divine. So good, in fact, I could barely type that last sentence! Enjoy getting back into writing. :)

    P.S. Your Sadie guest post on my blog from June 2013 is now my most viewed post ever!!!

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    1. I had a great writing session yesterday, and another one planned for in a moment :-)

      How weird about my Sadie post. I have a random guest post which tops my most-viewed list too!

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  8. Yum on the chocolate! And great news you're ready and able to get back to your longer writing projects. When my dreams get vivid, they tend to scare me as they're usually more along the lines of nightmares. :)

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    1. I don't remember my nightmares, which is lucky!

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  9. The chocolates look lovely! Glad to hear that Peter's home, and that you can start writing again. :)

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    1. Hubby, chocolate, writing... It's a good week :-)

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  10. Tell your husband congratulations on his tour; that's impressive! And those chocolates look really, really good. Sometimes it's good to take a break from writing; I read somewhere that sometimes it's necessary, because then you can look over your rough drafts with fresh eyes and see things that you might have overlooked when you were reading/writing them every day.

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    1. Yes, breaks can be very beneficial. Leaving the house and seeing daylight is a great way to be inspired :-) I will send your congratulations, thank you!

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  11. Hi there!

    I just stopped by to check out your blog. I've signed up for yet another year of the A to Z Challenge and look forward to reading many, many posts next month...;~)

    Take care,

    Donna L Martin
    www.donnalmartin.com
    author of THE STORY CATCHER (Anaiah Press 2015)
    coauthor CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: ANGELS AMONG US (Simon & Schuster 2013)

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    1. I've started writing some posts - it's all a bit scary!

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  12. I know I would have eaten more than one in two hours so I'm impressed LOL.
    Great that you are inspired to write again - that gives me hope that I will get out of my rut. Hope Hubby's tour was a big success.

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    1. That was the extra special, handmade chocolate box... The ones I'm eating at the moment are the not quite so special handmade box, the whole 1kg (2.2lbs) of it!!

      Sorry to hear you're in a rut - sending lots of words your way :-)

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  13. Glad your husband is back! That chocolate looks amazing. When I was in Germany in December I made sure to partake in chocolate every single day :)

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    1. Glad you ate the chocolate - I'd be worried if you didn't! That particular shop is in Bremen - that's where Hubby is based when he visits. You might get to one of his gigs at some point!

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  14. I love having vivid dreams. They spark my imagination. Those chocolates look divine.

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    1. Dreams are brilliant for that, aren't they? I'm going to have another choc from that box tomorrow, Medeia - I've been scoffing some of the less special chocs that Hubby brought back, but it's Mother's Day tomorrow, and I'm worth it ;-)

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  15. So pleased he's home and bringing chocolate with him - they look good. Brilliant that he's making music and utilising his passion .. and as you say - now it's time for you to get stuck in to your writing .. Spring is here, dog walks to let the brain settle ... and yes time to start shedding a few layers of clothes ...

    Cheers and enjoy the warming weather .. Hilary

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    1. I'm not shedding layers yet Hilary, it's got a lot colder again - very bitter northerly wind!

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  16. Those chocolates look delicious!

    I'm glad to hear that your time away from writing got your creative juices flowing again. I hope it's the same for me. (Haven't been writing for about a week now because I had to move house.)

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    1. I hope things settle back down for you now, Misha :-)

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  17. Glad to hear hubby is home safe and sound. Hope the trip was a success. Those chocs look lovely and the creative juices are flowing again, that's wonderful.

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  18. The choccies look scrumptious. Enjoy them!
    It must be a relief to have your hubby back, and things returning to normal.
    Nothing like familiar routine to help get the creativity back on track!
    You mentioned writing a few flash fictions for the AtoZ challenge. I'm also doing FF for the AtoZ.
    So I'll see you around on the AtoZ challenge circuit!

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    1. The closer I get, the more nervous I am about it - usually I edit my fiction to death, whereas my non-fiction blog posts are dashed out quickly. I don't have time to edit as much - I'm still writing them!!

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  19. EAT THE CHOCOLATES! Yum. Good luck to your hubby. Enjoy getting back to your writing.

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    1. They really are too nice (and expensive) to eat all at once, Kim. I ate the second one yesterday. But he did bring a bigger box back too, and so I've been scoffing those :-)

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