Telling You Now, I Probably Won’t Stick To It…

Please don’t look back to check when I last wrote here, as it was months ago and I made a decision that I would write at least a new blog post once a month. I failed in that. Plus the only reason it hasn’t happened is I am a master of procrastination when it comes to writing. You’d never think I enjoy it would you? But all is not lost. I may have not been on here sharing my joys/woes, but I did achieve some published articles/interviews for my local paper plus, once I did tackle my keyboard, I wrote and sent out three flash fiction stories, up to 1000 words max to competitions. Keep your fingers crossed one of them comes through.

Now having aired my guilt for not sticking to my own writing schedule, I was still being creative. Yep, I crocheted. I need to be doing something if I’m sitting down at home or travelling out and about. Obviously, I’m not driving at the time. So when my hubby and I decided last minute to visit our darling grandsons in Chester, UK, and we were travelling by ferry, well my crochet bag was with me in the front seat and on the boat and it was bliss. I keep my reading until bedtime.

What about you? Do you find it hard to stick to a schedule? Does your writing take a back seat when you feel tired, unmotivated, busy with life or just not in the mood? I know when I share on social media I am going to do this and that, it really is not for others to know but to keep myself accountable. Usually, I think once I’ve shared it with you, I am then obliged to show up and deliver. That used to work but not anymore. Maybe it’s an age thing. I turned the big 60 this year and I no longer allow myself to be put under pressure for any reason. I had a good talk with myself and all guilt is gone out the window, well most of it. I will write, read, crochet or whatever when I want. Notice I didn’t put clean the house on that list! Shure the dust will be there after me anyway plus we return to dust don’t we and who am I to clean away some spiders or flies’ families remains?

If you want to leave a comment about how you feel about not showing up to the page and writing your masterpiece, please do. But no pressure to of course. Remember all our journeys are different and we all have life to deal with between morning and night.

For those of you interested, the top image is the Christening Blanket I crocheted for my grandson Daniel. The others are baby blankets and the tote bags are lined.


Published by marytbradford

Family is important to Mary and her writing reflects the ups and downs of it all, and what people go through daily. She has been writing short stories for several years and enjoys success with her fiction in magazines, newspapers, and anthologies both in Ireland and abroad, namely Germany, India, and the US. Her stories have been both short/long listed in various competitions. It was because of this success, Mary took the plunge and self-published her first collection of stories titled, A Baker’s Dozen (2012). When one of her stories kept growing she ended up with her first published novel, My Husband's Sin. This novel turned into a trilogy, with book 2, Don't Call Me Mum, and book 3, No More Secrets following it. Her latest novel, To Live With A Stranger, is based on her Grandmother's country cottage and is a firm favourite with readers. Mary continues to write novels, novellas, and short stories, dabbling too in playwrighting. In 2019, Mary attended the University of Limerick and studied for a MA in Creative Writing, receiving First Class Honours. When taking a break from writing and reading Mary loves to crochet. Living in County Cork, Ireland, she is married and is a mother of four children. Having overcome open heart surgery in 2008, Mary made the decision to dedicate more time to her writing. With her children raised and starting to spread their wings, this became possible. Now, Mary is also a Nana, a role that brings her happiness and lots of love.

2 thoughts on “Telling You Now, I Probably Won’t Stick To It…

    1. Yes, Mary, thank you for asking, I also have other baby blankets/lapghans and a few other tote bags. The christening shawl is not for sale, it is a once off for my grandson. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, I appreciate it.


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