Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 358 – Determination


“I believe success is achieved by ordinary people with extraordinary determination.”

Zig Ziglar

Okay, Spidey, I get it. I need to up my determination!

I consider myself an ordinary person. There’s nothing special about me, other than I am blessed with wonderful people around me and the world has conspired to give me enough of everything I need.

(Sometimes more stress, and less time to do what I want, but I’m not fussing!)

But in order to achieve all the hopes and dreams I have for my work, as well as in my writing career, being determined is my biggest resource.

I have to have that feeling of wanting to achieve, in order to get there.

And I need that determination to seek out the time to reach my goals.

Things are hectic, again here, with changing rules, absences in school due to Covid rising again, so different stresses at play, but I have ensured I have stuck to that daily writing habit. Every day on the blog, and some time on the WIP a couple of times a week.

I am determined to translate the daily blogging habit into a daily writing routine, after January, so no matter how short, I am still focussing on that manuscript that I have to finish.

Peeps, it will get written!

So, are you a determined person?


Wishing you a wonderfully peaceful Sunday, Peeps!

Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 357 – Strong Women, Strong Tea


“A woman is like a teabag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” 

Eleanor Roosevelt

Let me raise my cup of chai to you on that one, Spidey!

Firstly, can I say that as I read this quote, I was compelled to go and make myself a nice, hot, strong cardamom tea!

So, I’m back now with a steaming mug of tea, and a chocolate chip muffin to go with it, because, well, you need that sweet treat, too, don’t you?

I do believe I am about to really show the world just how strong a teabag of a woman I am, this year.

What with my ever-busy school career, being mum and wife, as well as dutiful daughter/daughter-in-law, I have now added signed author into the mix, which means I can’t just write when I fancy it, but I kinda really have to!

Snd I feel quite determined, to be honest.

I have a year to finish this first draft, but I want to get it done by the end of the summer holidays, so I have time to read it, get opinions, go through what I want to change, etc. before the whole submitting to the publisher.

It’s not as simple as picking up a pen or opening your document on your laptop, and writing, though.

You have to be in the right frame of mind, as well as free of other responsibilities, too, in order to fully embrace your writing time. Oh, and your writing mo-jo needs to be around, too!

It’s always been a bit of a sticking point for me. Because the children were a little younger, the last time I rushed to finish a manuscript, and the rest of the family weren’t that invested in what I was doing, I was stealing time, where I could.

But I did it.

This time, however, I have the support of all of the people around me. The kids are teens, which is great because they don’t (strictly) need me running around after them, picking things up, cleaning, feeding, etc., unless it’s the summer months and cricket has started… and Hubby Dearest is so much more aware of just how important my writing is to me. If you saw my Friday post, you’ll see the beautiful flowers and balloons he gave me as a Congratulations gift for having signed the contract!

Last night, I was up at 3.30am, after having slept a few hours, and ended up reading, to lull me back to the Land of Nod. Hubby Dearest asked me why I was reading, and not writing that book if I was up!

This was a first.

For a change he is actively encouraging me to go and hole myself up in my writing cave for whatever time I need, whenever I want, to continue to make my dreams come true. In the past, it was more of an annoyance, and if my laptop and constant tapping away at it was disturbing him, or at an unsavoury time, it would cause grief.

And you know what? I’m going to do this. I really am.

This month, I am blogging daily as part of Linda Hill’s #JusJoJan challenge, so I am carving out a little time every day to write the posts. This means I will be in a daily habit of writing, again. I will try and write on my Manuscript, twice a week, to start with, and once this challenge is done, that time I freed up, to write the posts daily, can be used to write WIP words!

Work will always be there.

School is a huge part of my life, but I have also come to realise, that though a job is important, it is not your life. If we go, we are replaceable in our place of work, whereas only we can be the ones to fulfil our dreams, and to be there for our families. So, I won’t bring the stresses of school life home, unless something dire happens, or it’s Ofsted!

Instead, my after-school hours are time for my family, for me, and for my authorly future!

(By the way, the tea is almost finished, but rather cool, now. I think I should make another cup!)

So, how do you organise your work/life balance, or your real life/dream life aspirations?


Wishing you a wonderfully peaceful Sunday, Peeps!

Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 356 – The Unknown


“I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.” 

David Bowie

Thanks, Spidey, and a very Happy New Year to you, my arachnid superhero type co-writer!

I really loved this quote, when Spidey found it. It really does encompass what I am feeling, right now.

I’ve been harping on about that ‘thing’, that I have which I can’t confirm or deny yet, though I am itching to do something about, but, until it is set in stone, I don’t want to tempt fate! And I do promise you, like the above, it will be far from boring!

Then, there is school.

Numbers are going up again, but the government doesn’t want to lockdown fully, again, unless it was unavoidable. Schools closing would be the last resort, so they say.

It seems that in the not so distant past, we were sat here, debating what would happen at the beginning of the last new year, too!

I really don’t want schools to go into remote learning, at least, not for my little ones.

Home learning is tough for them, and their parents. It’s not like the older kids who do have the nous to get on with things, themselves. You just have to, as a parent, crack the whip once in a while, to make sure they are doing what they should be doing.

However, today we are reading about the strain on the NHS, again, with so many of those who are the backbone of our health service, isolating or unwell with Covid.

It almost feels inevitable…

But I hope not.

I’ll pray that things settle…

So, how do you think your start to the new year will pan out?


Wishing you a wonderfully peaceful Sunday, Peeps!

Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 355 – Boxing Day


“Wisdom of the Ages: “Boxing Day” In the UK, the day after Christmas is named after the first activity that takes place between husband and wife after the Christmas receipts are added up.” 

Matthew D. Heines

Thanks, Spidey, for another gigglesome quote!

It’s Boxing Day, and a Sunday, so we are all just going to be chilling at home. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and were able to celebrate with your loved ones.

The children will, no doubt, wake just as it’s time for me to go back to bed. (Slight exaggeration, but you know these teens!)

Hubby Dearest and I will attempt a little lie-in, though I know Sonu Singh will be waiting for his food, so I will be awake earlier, then will try and chill out a bit. (I’ll be having fun with my new gift, a Kindle Oasis!)

We shall endeavour to not end up in fisticuffs, and have a boxing match on Boxing day as the quote above, suggests!

Little titbit if you didn’t know the origins of Boxing Day here in the UK…

Boxing Day got its name when Queen Victoria was on the throne in the 1800s and has nothing to do with the sport of boxing.

The name comes from a time when the rich used to box up gifts to give to the poor.

Boxing Day was traditionally a day off for servants – a day when they received a special Christmas box from their masters.

The servants would also go home on Boxing Day to give Christmas boxes to their families.

Goodness knows what we will eat, but there is another whole Christmas dinner in the freezer, that will need using up since we did manage a family get together with the in-laws, so all the leftovers are there, hence no turkey sandwiches here!

All that remains to be seen is whether I get a chance to go and see Pops and Mum. Cases are rising, but no extra restrictions have been put into place, as yet. Cases of Omicron are rising, however, there is talk that it isn’t as severe as Delta and other variants, and if you have had your vaccinations and boosters, and are sensible, you are less likely to be affected too badly, even if you did contract it…

I wait, with bated breath…

So, what do you do on Boxing Day?


Wishing you a wonderfully peaceful Sunday, Peeps!

Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 354 – Preparations


“Why is Christmas just like another day at the office? You do all the hard work and the fat guy inthe suit gets all the credit!” 


Thanks, Spidey, for a gigglesome quote!

This year, for the first time, I feel totally underprepared for the festive season.

Sure I have the kids main gifts… (I think. Note to self, please go and check!) But aside from that, not much else. And a little something for Hubby Dearest.

I asked the in-laws the other day what they wanted, and hurriedly ordered small gifts from them.

So, wrapping is the next the stage.

But, for some reason, I don’t feel like being too prepared.

What with Omicrom now spreading through the UK, there is this high likelihood that restrictions may have to be put into place, again, maybe even before the big day, limiting the mixing of households, and certain gatherings.

Oh, I forgot, there is one thing I am kinda prepped for. Because of last year, and the same situation, I managed to get most of the Christmas dinner early, and froze it, and I was glad, because I ended up having to isolate on the main day, due to a close contact testing positive a few days before the end of term. So, I already have a turkey breast in the freezer, along with all the trimmings. It’s just dessert I haven’t got hold of, yet.

I want to go and see Pops and Mum, at some point, but looking at the way things are headed, it might not even be able to happen…

I just wish the powers that be, tell us soon, what the restrictions are going to be, so we can all be as prepared as possible… (Preferably before they embark upon another season of clandestine partying behind No. 10’s doors!)

So, how prepared are YOU for Christmas, this year?


Wishing you a wonderfully peaceful Sunday, Peeps!

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