Away with the Fairies

I’ve had a bad few days. I am going away for a few days on Sunday, so have been working flat out to make a couple of deadlines and can’t really think about anything else.  Something I am constantly reminded of at home.

My first mental blip was missing a much-looked-forward-to and overdue catch-up with a friend.  She waited for twenty minutes for me to rock up before she rang and I was hunched up and goggle-eyed staring into my laptop screen.  Why?  Because I had put our meeting in my diary for the wrong day.

At least I knew I had an appointment to have my hair cut this morning, but I had put it in the diary for an hour later than it was supposed to be.  My hairdresser rang me and, again, I was slumped over my laptop.  Fortunately, she was very understanding and cut my hair after I managed to get myself there in under fifteen minutes.  Maybe now my fringe has been cut, I can more clearly see where I’m supposed to be going.

I could log these brain farts as senior moments, but my oldest friends will tell you I’ve always been away with the fairies.  So there is little hope for me now.

Perhaps, constantly sweating over creating new plotlines, means I am beginning to lose my own?

I think a break will do me good.


Published by Tessa Barrie

Writer from Jersey, Channel Islands, UK, who looks at life from the funny side. Her first novel Just Say It was published in June 2021, and she hopes to publish novel number two, a murder-mystery spoof, by the end of 2021. View more posts

2 thoughts on “Away with the Fairies

  1. alhenry – I love a challenge (though I can sometimes be heard cursing myself for taking on yet another hydra-headed project). I enjoy anything that allows me to be creative: writing, cooking, garden design, decoupage. I travel whenever I can, and London is my favorite city in the world, the home of my heart. Over the years, I have paid the mortgage by writing, editing, and teaching. Home is a late-19th century heap (in constant need of TLC) that I share with my funny, smart, generous husband and two wayward cats. Aspirations? To publish my fiction, and enjoy each day.
    alhenry says:

    Without rest, Tessa, a writer cannot write. It’s the hours away from the laptop/typewriter/tablet that give us something to write about. Relax and enjoy!

    1. You are so right. Yesterday culminated with Word crashing on me. It’s happened before, and my own fault, I think. I have too many documents open at the same time while I cut and paste stuff from one to the other. Have managed to salvage most of the WIP’s that were open, except for one file… which I had worked on all morning. Heartbreaking, but another lesson learned. I am backing everything up in triplicate today, and I am definitely ready for a break!

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