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Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Arty Breaks writing retreats

When I last wrote in my blog I was about to leave the security of a full-time job and I admit I was feeling more than a little trepidation; how I would pay the bills and what I would do with my time were firmly at the top of those concerns. In fact I never expected to stop working.  I could never understand why people who won the lottery always seemed to leave their job; I thought I would want to continue even in a voluntary capacity.  No-one was more surprised than me when I reached the decision to stop going out to work.

I’ve always really enjoy work, lots of it.  For the last three years, on top of the full-time job, I’ve been engaged in a distance learning degree with the University of Wales, I’m now on the last level of my BA in Voluntary Sector Studies and expect to graduate in June 2014, I’ve also been developing my writing and have had a couple of short fiction items published in print and online. So, you see, I really do like to be busy with lots of ongoing projects. 

It’s been three months now since I left the job and things have moved on; I’m still studying for my degree, I’m still writing – although no new published items to crow about yet.  In addition, I’m now volunteering for half a day each week in my MP’s constituency office, and, and this is what I’ve been leading up to:  I’m setting up my own business!  I’ve got a website and everything!  Good ol’ BT, however, is keeping me waiting until next Monday (26 November) for my phone line, and then I can print my stationery.  What’s the business?  What’s it called? ………

………Arty Breaks writing retreats will run weekend writing breaks in Eastbourne throughout the year and we’re currently taking reservations for January and February 2012.

For more information about Arty Breaks please check out the website,

So much for the question about what I am going to do with my time - sorted!