This is the obligitory – OMG a month has gone by and I haven’t blogged about anything! – post. But in list form, because I tend to think in lists these days.
1. I have launched a new business, and it is going smashingly well but is taking up an insane amount of time and energy. If you love awesome socks and legwear, then head over to The Asockalypse to see what we’ve got.
2. We have building consent for Stage 1 Castle! Woo! So that’s amazing. Unfortunately, it arrived too late to begin work till the end of winter, so we are hunkered down in our rented accommodation with plenty of firewood and every Inspector Morse episode on VCR. Building begins in August, and we intend to be living on our land by Christmas.
3. As a registered NZ Wedding Celebrant – now doing same sex weddings I am stoked to announce – I am marrying many awesome people, and have a few weddings booked up, including one in November at Hobbiton! My alternative wedding ceremonies have been featured in My Wedding NZ, The Western Leader, Women’s Day, That’s Life!, Lucky Break, NZ Bride and Groom (forthcoming) and I’m also now writing for the NZ WeddingWise blog.
4. And speaking of weddings, I have been hard at work on my book! That’s Right, MY BOOK! My publisher, David Bateman NZ, is taking my book, Till Death Do Us Part (an alternative wedding planner) to the Frankfurt Book Fair in October, so I have been a busy Steff sourcing images and tweaking text to prepare for that. (Did I mention I have a book deal? If I didn’t … I have a book deal! Eeeeeee!)
5. My cellar has been bubbling away – with a batch of Feijoa Wine on the brew, and last years mead batch all bottled and ready for drinking. I want to start publishing mead and wine-making tutorials, but not sure if that’s metal enough for this here blog.
6. I accidentally purchased a turn-of-the-century apothecary set in an oak box from TradeMe. (I’m never usually one for impulse purchases, but I got sucked into the betting!) So I have been trying to sand this down and get to work restoring it.
7. I am teaching writing classes at Rutherford College Community Education. One Wednesday I start a course on blogging. I will tell people how they shouldn’t leave their blog dormant for a month, because all their internet friends will go away and no one will like them anymore …
8. I have been getting back into fiction writing in a big way. In fact, I’m in over my head and have found myself working on FOUR fiction projects simultaneously. Thankfully this is all for fun, so it doesn’t matter if I never finish anything.
9. With being so busy lately, I have let my fitness slide, so am trying to correct this. Last week we had a “Wellness Expo” at the RNZFB, and I entered the gym triathlon and came FIRST in my heat. This is not a humblebrag – it is an actual brag, as I used to loathe any kind of sport because it was basically an excuse for other kids to torture me. And now I won a medal. Granted, there were only two other competitors in my heat, but it was more the fact that I blasted my own personal goals. In July I am doing the Tough Guy/Tough Girl fun run/obstacle course/mud-drenched madness with a group of friends, so that will be carnage.
10. And, lastly, in my spare time, I have been listening to a lot of metal, and a lot of non-metal that is still awesome. But I just haven’t had the motivation to put fingers to keyboard about the music recently – it’s not for lack of decent albums, far from it. I think I’ve simply been enjoying having the space to listen and appreciate the music without the pressure of articulating exactly what it is I like/dislike about it.
So here I am, back again, trying to claw my way from the trenches back into a regular blogging habit.