A blogging slump

I have to admit I never thought this would happen. I’ve had reading slumps before and my life is choc full of writer’s block, but to not be able to blog? Generally in the past any reasons I didn’t blog was lack of time, lack of internet, or I was struggling with reading or writing but this was totally new to me. In a time where I thought I was actually nicely cruising along on the blogging front, blogging quite regularly, and reading away (I won’t say I was keeping on top of all I WANTED to read, but I was enjoying books I’d meant to read some time ago) I sat down to blog with a few books on my mind that I wanted to gush about, and I simply sighed. I sat there, looking at the screen, and it just seemed like too much. I can’t explain it, which is probably why I shouldn’t be blogging about it(!)

The thing is, I have a number of blogging commitments coming up so I HAVE to blog now and yet the thought of adding images, copying and pasting blurbs, adding links … it seems hard. Incidentally it coincides with a time I’m flying through books I’m enjoying and loving writing (working on edits for book 2 and writing book 3 with ease at the moment) and I’m wondering if that’s it. Can you really not have it all? Is it too much to ask for all to be chugging along nicely? Is this the pleasure/ pain thing? Because we’ve all been sick in this house and yet I’ve kept my head up (down) and kept working, so it’s not as if it’s been total sailing! All answers on a postcard to … no, I’m joking (although any answers in the comment section would be definitely appreciated!)

Berni

It’s good to be back!

So by now you may or may not know that we live in the country in Ireland, in a place that is beautiful and a dream by day (our kids get home from school and just scatter!) and a thriller writer’s dream by night, being cold and drafty with odd sounds coming from a neighbouring farm, plenty of big trees hiding who knows what, animals prowling about (it’s my first time coming anywhere near a mink!) and a darkness that attacks both your eyes and your senses when the stars aren’t visible (we do have the most stellar display of stars by night, and are lucky to get to stand and appreciate them with the kids!) As an aside, all four of my children have not slept through a whole night since we moved it here, this could be anything, but we blame the house!

Now with all of this comes the big problem in Ireland that is debated regularly- that of rural internet.The Irish government are investing in broadband and aim to have every house equipped with fibre high speed broadband in the next four years. We live so far into the sticks that I do appreciate it must be difficult having to lay lines to places where there may only be one or two houses, and the cost must be shocking too!

When we moved in here there weren’t even phone lines about and the internet we received straight after they were set up was of a hit and miss variety, some days on, some days not. Obviously I blog and my husband is in computers and the absence of internet, while amusing at first, started to get to us. We contacted our provider and was told there was fifty per cent chance we could receive ANY internet at any time of the day. We got a dongle and soon it stopped working and we were told there was no internet in our vicinity at all. My kids love looking at minecraft videos on YouTube and soon we began to fight (not in a savage, ‘Lord of The Flies’ way), just bickering, over my husband’s phone, which has unlimited internet which wasn’t always so fast anyhoo. My Kindle stopped downloading books (I’d sometimes go to family houses or into shops and wait around just so I could get their internet). I gave up on looking up blogs and my own blog was left by the wayside.

Now I don’t want to tempt fate, but yesterday we moved to Three. When I was setting up they were dubious about our speed, and to be fair it’s not the same as it would be in Dublin, something I always took for granted, but I just watched while my Kindle began to download three books I haven’t been able to get to for some time and practically started screaming down the phone at the poor guy.

I’m writing this post to let you know  that hopefully I’m back. This morning I began to read blogs, I spent last night on writing.ie for writing tips (my writing, well editing, has gone south too lately due to kiddies being sick or just waking up) and now my blog is open again and I’m heading straight over to my my writing group on Facebook and the chick lit group I’m on too. I’m so happy. I can’t wait to share all the books I’ve read over the past month with you, and to see what you’ve all been up to as well. It’s good to be back (now hopefully I haven’t set anything bad in motion!) Happy 2017 everyone, and hope your reading, blogging, writing or studying is going just great-remember January isn’t over yet and it’s never ever ever too late to get going on those goals!:)

Big hug,

Bernadette (or Berni) xxxxx