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Explaining my hiatus

Hey everyone, a very happy 2022 to all of you. 

I'm sure you have all noticed that I have taken a few months off from the blog, from my book reviews, even social media. Why? My mental health has taken a battering over the last few months and I have needed to take a break from everything but my day job. 

That is hard for me to admit to, but it needs to be said. Just like it has to be said that it isn't just the pandemic that has taken a toll on my mental state, my relationship went through an awful period and is still nowhere near the condition it needs to be in for me to happy completely with it. 

I've felt very let down by people that I have been close to, felt more alone than ever and there has been nothing that anyone could do about it. I've very much had that feeling of being in a crowded room screaming at the top of my lungs and yet nobody hears me. I know in my head I'm waging a battle against my latest bout of depression and that in itself isn't easy. Add into that mix, a wave of ill health (not covid related) and it has made me feel worse than ever. Even down to the constant contact from the GP feeling like harrassment when I just wanted to be left alone. 

I've got so much going on in my head at the moment that I could scream! 

I have taken to using adult colouring books as a way to try and relax my head, literally spending hours after I finished work for the day doing picture after picture after picture. I now have 2 lever arch files full of pictures that I have worked on over the last few months. 

I have also been writing. 2 new books are in progress at the moment, the 2nd of which came into my head while (oddly enough) I was putting the content of a new colouring book into a file. My head just seemed to start working on a character and the conversation they were having with another, and "The Day of The Dead Murders" was born. In case you're wondering, the colouring book was Day of the Dead themed. Good news is, I'm feeling pretty positive about my notes on this one so far. It all seems to be falling into place nicely, the characters, the background, all of it. 

So, on that note, I want to thank you all for your patience with me, for sticking around when I haven't been able to bring myself to join you and give you an update or five. Bear with me a little longer, this is all I ask. With your support, I'm sure things will pick up again for me. 

Take care, stay safe and look after each other. 

As always, Keep Reading! x

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