Mondag Musings, Week 14, 2021

Okay, it’s not Monday, but I forgot to post this and it was the second day of Easter… 😉 So, a little later than usual, here’s your weekly instalment of what’s been keeping yours truly busy!

2.5 years with Bren

Yesterday, on April 5th Bren and I celebrated that we’re together for 2.5 years now! I always jokingly say that 2.5 years is usually the limit where my previous girlfriends gave up on me 😛 Truth be told I just never thought I was “ready to go steady”. But with Bren everything just feels right and it really doesn’t feel like we’ve been together for this long. I always think that’s a good sign, when you realize it’s been quite some time that you’ve known someone, but it doesn’t feel like that.

Monday Musings (14)

Getting rid of old stuff

Ever since I’ve been working more and more from home, Bren and I had to find a way to make “it” work. When I started working I was sitting in our living room, but we soon found out that that wasn’t really working for us, so I moved my stuff back to Bren’s hobby room. In return, Bren has moved into my old spot in the living room, which is now her atelier where she crafts the most beautiful stuff and sells them on Etsy (you can visit her store here). While we were at all of this, Bren also took her time to sift through a lot of her old stuff and we sold a lot, but there’s an old oak dresser that we just can’t seem to get rid off. It’s almost as if the bloody thing is cursed. Today a local thrift shop was supposed to pick it up, but once they were here, they decided it wasn’t good enough to sell and they just left it right here… If we can’t get rid of it before Friday through some other means, I’m going to get rid of it myself. So that’s to be continued.

Reading and writing

I agree with the sentiment that you can’t be a good writer if you don’t read. Lately I’ve been hitting a bit of a dip in my reading by choosing two reads that didn’t exactly fit my idea of what they’d be like. One is a work of fiction written in the second person perspective. I find it a very intrusive way of telling a story and if I had known beforehand, I’d probably skipped reading it as a review book. My other choice was a non-fiction read which is about writing, or so the title leads you to believe. But rather it seems to be all about the politics and policies of England in the time of the second World War. Surely, that’s mildly interesting to me, as a reader, but that’s not why I picked up the book, though. I’m nearly done with both of them, but the danger is that books like these can really put a dent in the pleasure you derive from reading.

This week I’m planning to start my plotting and working out some new ideas. I’ve been flirting with the idea of perhaps releasing a series on my blog, but it’s something I want to discuss first. I’m just not sure if it will work. Although I think it could be a lot of fun to do, as long as I don’t have to meet deadlines for it and can release new chapters/episodes whenever I please.

So what have you guys all been up to? Please let me know in the comments!

Have a great week!

~Jeffrey

2 replies »

  1. Jeffrey & Bren, How meaningful it is to hear you two are together now 2 & 1/2 years!!! –Made for each other from all I know of you two!!! Best wishes for all your years going forward!!! You both sound good “relocated” in your apartment for your respective work. What a shame…..Some poor person would love that old oak dresser. We all learn from our reading, even by negative experience I guess. Just be careful that the idea of releasing a series on my blog does not take away from your novel writing. Could you combine the two tasks? Phil

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    • Hi Phil! We really go together very well and I can’t imagine my life without Bren anymore. Thank you so much for your wishes.

      It’s a real shame about the dresser, because it’s a durable material and I’d hate to see it go to waste, but we don’t have room to store it and apparently these types of furniture are no longer popular. I fear that I may have to dismantle it and dispose of it. If not even a thrift shop wants to take it for free!

      I am toying with the idea still, maybe release loose chapters so that I can release the full novel later. I’m not sure if it’s a good idea, or what other writer’s experiences are with something like this. In all likelihood I’ll continue writing on my projects and use my blog for reviews, to share selfhelp articles and the like. That seems to be working quite well.

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