Saturday, 7 October 2017

A 'Beyond Busy' Week

Sometimes weeks are beyond busy. Those kinds of weeks slay me and have me grabbing a duvet day before I can face any more. Today is that duvet day. I’m sneezing and coughing and the activities of the week are rolling round in my head so I thought it might help to share them with you now.

On Monday it was the first day of my second year at University studying for my MA in Creative Writing. The first year was very much theory based. This year is all about work-shopping our writing. I hit the ground running. We had to post up a poem onto Blackboard, the dedicated website, by Thursday teatime. No problem, you might think but…

Leicester is celebrating an Everybody’s Reading Festival this week so I was part of a poetry-reading group with the Soundswrite Poetry Group one evening and I was on a panel of writers at The Leicester Writers’ Club talking about using social media to reach readers on another evening. Still no problem, you might be thinking but…

This week we are celebrating the Jewish Festival of Succot. It’s a bit like a harvest festival. Outdoor booths or huts, called Succahs, are built with rough frames and lots of greenery and branches covering them. You’re meant to eat out there. It’s been rather a wet week but at least I managed some Kiddush wine and honey cake in the one at the Synagogue.

I then settled down to finish my poem and post it up but remember this has been a week that I describe above as ‘beyond busy’ so you won’t be surprised to hear that Blackboard denied me access, refused to accept my password, told me I was illegal. I know that I’m not illegal and I told the technical support desk as much over the phone.

It’s all sorted now and I’m tucked up on the settee, reading a book called ‘You Can’t Make This Stuff Up’ by Lee Gutkind. It’s all about creative non-fiction and it’s going to help me with my dissertation about which you will definitely be hearing more during the year and that’s a promise.


  1. Well done Ros ... good to catch up with some of the inspirational things you're involved with - well done ... and so good re the MA ... just enjoy that duvet and a good long sleep - all the best - cheers Hilary

  2. You are meds busy but I get the impression that you wouldn't have it any other way.chag sameach.

  3. Pull up the duvet and catch your breath. Then hit the ground running and writing again. Harvest your words and good luck. All very cool

  4. I hope you've enjoyed your duvet day...good luck with the coming week!

  5. Goodness second year already! I hate it when technology refuses to recognise you. Good luck and don't work too hard remember to have a duvet day.
    Anne Mackle

  6. Goodness, Ros, I hope you feel better soon. Don't get swamped! I know what it's like trying to do an MA and keep job, life and writing going at the same time! Look after yourself!