When a PR recently mentioned that she’d been reading my blog, I broke out into verbal spasms. ‘No!’, I cried. ‘No! Don’t do that! No, what I mean is yes, please read it but I haven’t updated it for ages and honestly it’s a bit embarrassing to have not posted in so long and… and…’
The PR was very polite and insisted she loved reading the story about my niece rescuing Christmas. Even in June.
If not blogging, what have I been doing for the last six months?
The first half of 2018 has been full of writing, just none of it for the blog. Magazine writing, and latterly copywriting for corporate clients, has taken precedence. I’m in no way complaining about that, and I love the variety that comes with the freelance life.
Here are some of my highlights:
‘Say no to plastics in your bathroom’ in Planet Mindful, Spring 2018– print only but if you’re quick then I think this is still available.
‘Everything you need to know about Fairtrade’ for teen magazine Betty.
A full list of my recent publications is available on my Writing page.
I’ve also spent a lot of the year reading. My top picks, not all new releases, include:
Eat up: food, appetite and eating what you want by Ruby Tandoh: philosophical and practical, I ate it up in two sittings.
Roman Holiday: the secret life of Hollywood in Rome by Caroline Young: a page turner that draws you into la dolce vita of Hollywood’s golden days in Rome – it’ll make you want to hire a Fiat 500 and cruise the streets of the Italian capital.
An atlas of countries that don’t exist: a compendium of fifty unrecognized and largely unnoticed states by Nick Middleton: a tantalising tour of places that challenge our easy assumptions about politics, geography and statehood.
I post my reads, along with a one-sentence review, on a dedicated Pinterest board, should you be looking for any recommendations.
Right now I’m mainly listening World Cup coverage on the radio but generally I’ve been ploughing through podcasts, particularly as I’ve spent a lot of time gazing out of the window on trains.
Three of my favourites are:
Happier by Gretchen Rubin: the hosts, New York Times best-selling author Gretchen Rubin and her TV writer sister Elizabeth Craft, feel like my friends. Sad but possibly the sign of a great podcast.
Layers: a podcast of stories about style and how we get dressed: the pilot episode inspired me to don my favourite hat when nipping out of the house – and I bumped into an ex that I hadn’t seen in over fifteen years. Enough said.
#Amwriting with Jess and KJ: a show about writing, reading and getting (some) things done: I wish I’d discovered this podcast earlier in my freelancing life.