A few months ago we collected some ‘extra’ blogs from our authors, to make sure that we could keep our schedule full during lockdown. It’s way past time to acknowledge all their work and say thank you to everyone who’s kept our blog flourishing over these last difficult months, both readers and writers. Whatever happens next, we’ll still be here!
We are also keen to acknowledge a more important debt. Some of our Medical Romance writers have been away working in various medical roles – risking so much to help keep their communities safe and well. Thank you isn’t enough, but it’s all we have. We love you.
Today we have a blog from Fiona McArthur – who wrote some months ago about ten jobs to do in lockdown. But her suggestions are so good, that as some of us take our first tentative steps towards a new normal, they’re as much fun to do now as they were then. Over to Fiona!
Waving again to lovers of Medical Romance.
Thank you so much to the hardworking organisers who keep this blog going. I may not post much but I really enjoy reading your blogs.
Blog wise – A little while ago I was asked to submit a short, fun, column for The Sunday Telegraph, an Australian newspaper, and I came up with this. ST did take some of the article but only about a third of it was published, apologies to those who have seen this, but I’m hoping most of you haven’t. I thought Love Is The Best Medicine might enjoy the whole article- even if it gives you just a tiny smile- I’m happy xx Fi
Ten jobs you never thought you’d achieve
As a recently retired midwife – pre Covid-19 – normally I would be away gallivanting in some far town, far city or far country for a week or two most months, because travel and travelling gives me inspiration for my writing. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it. Now, like you, I’m home to stay. Here’s a quick play with ideas as I settle in for the duration. I hope to spark some of your own clever tasks, make you smile, and leave you with the satisfaction of success at a fun task. Happy achieving.
Washing the collection of seashells in the bathroom that have sat on the window-sill for years – don’t forget to take the time to listen to the sound of the sea inside them.
Culling books you know you will never read. Someone else will love them. Reassure yourself that if you want to read the book you donated then you can probably get it in e-book or from the library. I know this WILL NOT find favour with stalwarts of ARRA who have book children they would never part with xx But I need to cull.
Sorting the old boxes (and boxes) of photographs of your children – what do you do with fifteen copies of solo year four pics of each son? Then give the new boxes to each son. Heh Heh.
Making a space for you. A meditation room to sit and chill and not think. Needs a comfy cushion and a curtain for privacy.
Or, could also be a medication room if you take a glass of wine, with a makeshift day bed to lie on in a tiny space. I’ve seen fab ones on the corner of a verandah inside a kids tent.
Best as separate from the house where you can listen to your meditation, music or read a book. Can be a tent with cushions or your car in the garage with a sheet over it if needed. Company is lovely but we all need our own space to chill.
Rewrite your address book. Write a letter, send a postcard – that would be fun – to every person’s name you come across who makes you smile and you haven’t connected with in a while. Those who don’t make you feel good – wish them well out loud and remove from the list.
Grow something – Shallots are satisfying. Nothing more fun than buying a bunch of shallots from the supermarket to use – then planting the ends after you’ve garnished with the tops. They grow so quickly and look so green. They make me smile and taste amazing.
Experiment – with hair colour. Try a new one every week. 🙂 Use food colouring and mix it with white conditioner until you get the colour you want. Natural ones wash out. Look it up on google for instructions. How funny. Nobody is going to see you. Though if you have black hair nobody will be able to tell.
Cook. Something old-fashioned you’ve never tried before. Like toad in the hole? Or Turkish delight? Or damper.
Marathon watch that box set you never opened. I can’t believe I have McCloud’s Daughters and Downtown Abbey to watch.
Write ten fabulous things about your significant other or best friend, despite it not being their birthday, Give it to them.
11/ Or you could read a fabulous medical romance.
Loving all the discussion on-line. Thanks so much for being there everyone and for your support of authors and readers. xx Fi
Author of more than forty books, Fiona’s latest fiction novel is MIDWIFE IN THE JUNGLE mostly set in Papua New Guinea. Available now. Her audiobook out this month is MOTHERS DAY. The Bush Telegraph, set in far western Queensland, is out 1st September 2020. Pre-order here. Or order any of her signed print books from Fiona at www.FionaMcArthurAuthor.com/bookstore.