In training…

Heavens to Murgatroyd, I’ve been absent from this space for over two weeks. That’s the equivalent of two years in blog-time.

And no, I haven’t been swimming in the Caribbean, nor skiing in the Alps. I haven’t been sent on a mission to teach dressage to Peruvian horses, or break dancing to circus poodles in Japan.

I’ve just been doing bits and bobs, dribs and drabs of this and that, willy-nilly, here and there.

And above all I’ve been hesitating. For the first time since this little bloggie was set up last year I have been humming and hawing. And not because I have nothing to write about. I have a list of almost fifty topics scribbled onto the notes page of my pet iPad.

But for once I have started to overthink this blogging affair and have been wondering what may actually interest my followers. In the old days there were only my parents, sister and daughters to think about. Now I have new readers. Ones I know only virtually, others whom I don’t know at all. How did they find me and why are they following me is one of the topics on that list.

The more I hummed and the more I hawed, the more I realised that in fact there is absolutely nothing of any interest to anyone who reads this (except my mum who likes to know what I’m up to). There are no parenting tips, no recipes, no writing advice, no contests, no book or film reviews. I could certainly try and give you some but I can’t guarantee the result.

So I apologise wholeheartedly to anyone who may be looking for those sort of topics. Maybe you should go and look elsewhere.

What the last couple of weeks away have taught me however, is that this space is in fact just a practise ground. A running track, an indoor bike, a rowing machine, a place to hit golf ball after golf ball into a big sprawling net.

In other words this is where I am training for my own personal Olympics. They are coming soon I swear. And they will be taking place right up there inside my box-filled attic of a brain. When I’m fit and ready I will go up there and start sifting through the boxes, one word at a time. Sorting and scribbling until I finally come up with something that is more than just a silly blog post which gives my family a quick chuckle.

Yes, I’m talking about the B word. What I’m working up to, what all this blogging business is about. An interesting, amusing, readable, lovable BOOK.

In the meantime, bear with me, try to remember the aim of my game, ignore the smell of stale sweat, and most importantly just look at the muscles I’m getting on these two typing fingers.

Photo courtesy of Metro.

About Juliet

I've just turned fifty, OMG ! I didn't realise I would have so much to say about this time of my life. The pure pleasure of writing has hit me hard and this blog is sheer self-indulgence. Enjoy!
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13 Responses to In training…

  1. Roz says:

    Weโ€™ll all be there to cheer you on,Allez Juliet, go, go, go little sistah ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

    Liked by 1 person

  2. M says:

    Save me a place at the front of the crowd. ๐Ÿ’–

    Liked by 1 person

  3. James young says:

    Hi Jools, Not sure if you would like a wee feedback on this one ?

    Just let me know , eh ?


    Dad xxxx

    Sent from my iPad



  4. Meg Stevens says:

    Omg Juju!

    You DO make me chuckle! I can totally hear & see you in my minds eye as I pore over your words!

    You seriously make me grin & laugh. Sometimes from my toes, other times from the depths of my ever expanding belly, sometimes one of those mighty snorts explode unbidden from my nose or an unexpected shriek escapes my mouth – much to the amused delight of those in my presence when I read your missives!!

    You are the dearest AND the most infinitely lovable nut!

    Where you you come from with all your misplaced anxieties? Why don’t you trust your fabulous individual talent? You are fucking amazing!!

    Don’t ever stop! Keep writing! None of us can please all the readers of this world and why would we want to?

    You’re a precious rare gem that could remain hidden during your lifetime, but then suddenly…. B A N G!… someone special happens to rifle thru’ your families most favourite treasures, comes across you charming sweet musings in your blog and falls in love with you in between your perfectly chosen, tweaked & retweaked, ‘bestest’ words!

    Who knows what your writing’s future holds!?? You shouldn’t care about us – only honour your own truth & drive!

    You go, girl! We’re totally behind you and love your every word!

    Now go off & write to your heart’s content & for God’s sake stop faffing!

    Sent with hugs from Meg in Cape Town xx (072) 714-2332 PS Wish you’d bloody well damned get onto Whatsapp


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  5. TanGental says:

    Yep keep it up Captain your crew is behind you.. cowering a little but steadfastly loyal if fed cheese. Lots of cheese. And coffee. That goes without saying. And of course chocolate. And the odd bonbon. Not that there’s anything… shall I stop?

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  6. julespaige says:

    I’ve been blogging for over, well several years. There might be a half dozen folks who filter in and comment occasionally. I write for me. And you should too, write for you that is. I don’t know who all really follows me. Not everyone comments. I don’t like a crowded email box so I bookmark sits. And I’m gonna do that with yours in just a moment.

    At least you have family that reads you daily. I’m lucky if I can stuff a humorous piece in front of my hubby every other month. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m not a business person but I’ve got oodles of poetry for that elusive …b….o…o…k… see even the letters run from me. *giggle*.

    Well as you know do some flash fiction, but poetry is my ‘gig’. Writing it keeps me happy – and in an attempt to stay organized I actually have three blogs. One for daily stuff, the other longer verse and the fiction site. You might like:
    Perpetual Powder

    Sometimes we all need a break. Just enjoy what you do, SLEEP and then WAKE!
    Write, Always,(with) Kindhearted, Enthusiasm!
    (Yeah I just made that up for you!).

    Hugs, Jules


    • Juliet Nubel says:

      Hi again Jules,
      I’ve just arrived home from work to find your lovely message!
      Thank you for reading and commenting and making me feel better as a blogger and future (maybe) book writer…
      I shall check out your blogs, then SLEEP and WAKE and feel that life is just FINE (Full of an Infinite Number of Exchanges) and the exchanges I have here with my blog friends make me very happy indeed.
      My sister calls me Jules so I am sending hugs too from one Jules to another.

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