Concorde Life Novel Excerpt The Secret Lives of the Doyenne of Didsbrook


When It's time for a change, you instinctively know the time is right.  Lockdown concentrated our minds, as dedicated health workers around the world became frontline soldiers in the war against COVID-19, while our lives ground to a halt.  I'm not sure how we can ever repay them for their sacrifice.

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When It’s time for a change, you instinctively know.  Lockdown concentrated our minds, as dedicated health workers around the world became frontline soldiers in the war against COVID-19, while our lives ground to a halt.  I’m not sure how we can ever repay them for their sacrifice.

Lockdown gave us an inordinate amount of time to reflect and reevaluate our lifetime goals. In this rapidly changing world, we all need to adapt and make changes to survive. Whatever we do, and whatever we strive to be.

Writing for me has always been a part of my life in different guises. From newsletters to factual books.  From brochures to blogging.  From lyrics to short stories.  I’ve been there, done all that, but it’s good to change direction every once and a while. When you realise what you are doing has become stale or repetitive, it’s time to step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself to do something else.

When I started Tessa Barrie’s Lost Blogs in 2014, I was blogging most days.  By 2017, I was blogging every day, and the number of visitors to my site reflected the amount of work I put into the daily blog posts.

In 2015, I started writing my first novel, and my writing priorities changed, as I was devoting more and more of my time to writing the book.

Now, I have three projects on the go right, which means that the editing process never goes away.  It’s an around the clock thing if I let it become all-consuming.  And, when I do, I’m not fully functionally in the morning. 😫 Everybody told me that editing is as important as writing the damn story, if not more so.  Now I know, I’m determined to get it right.

“To write is human, to edit is divine.”

Stephen King

So, to blog or not to blog, that is the question.  Or is it nobler to admit that I can’t blog every day and write books?  I think it might be.  The proof is in the production anyway; I have not been blogging regularly.

From The Secret Lives of The Doyenne of Didsbrook

I still believe life is too short to be niche.  It has always been my credo because I felt I could never restrict myself to writing a niche blog, but I also think that that change is good.  So, bye-bye blogging, for a while.  No more regular, random blogs about life, the world and the Universe, although I am sure the odd GOW-rant will appear periodically. is now my official author website, where I will post snippets of fiction or other stories from larger pieces of work, so please keep dropping by.

Stick em up! Hand over the money!

While pushing my stacked supermarket trolley back to my car the other day, I launched it off the pavement, and when it landed, one of its rear wheels got stuck in a hole.  It was the hottest day of the year so far and, as I pushed and pulled, and huffed and puffed, trying to get the wheel out of the hole, a big, burly bloke walked passed.  I thought I interpreted the look on his face as, should I help this struggling woman, or not?

I was pretty angry by that stage. So I imagine my glowering look over the top of my mask didn’t give off a very welcoming vibe; especially as I was wearing the one that makes me look like a bank robber so, not too surprisingly, he averted his gaze and kept going.


After one final thrust accompanied by a groan, I freed my trolley, muttering to myself something about the age of chivalry being long since dead.  In the past, some of us damsels in distress have refused to admit we needed help.  Now, our way of thinking in these uncertain times has changed. Do we want to ask a stranger, aka knight in shining armour, for their help?  Don’t cough or sneeze in my direction, mate, and no touchy!  Keep your gauntlets to yourself. Sad, but true.

Come gather ’round people, wherever you roam
Admit that the waters around you have grown
And accept it that soon you’ll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’

Bob Dylan

COVID-19 apart, it’s time for a change.  It’s not just about changing the purpose of my humble blog; it’s time to accept that we all need to change and adapt, whatever we do in life.  Never lose sight of your goals.  We only get one stab at this life, and to make sure we reach our ultimate goal, we need periodically to adapt and change the path we are on, to make sure we achieve them.

1 comment

  1. It is important to re-evaluate our thoughts and choices. Bertrand Russell said something to the effect that every so often it’s good to toss all your assumptions into the air and see what remains valid. I started with an every-other-week blog, then stretched it to once every three weeks, but timing wise that felt awkward, so I switched to dropping a post the first of every month. Best of everything in your new endeavors!

Thank you very much for visiting my niche-less blog! If you have time before you leave, would love you to tell us what you think. All the best, Tessa Barrie

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