Well, I’m almost back. And when I say this I’m talking about my podcast.
You may remember, at the beginning of the year I started my ‘year in books’ project. No, it hasn’t failed. I am currently reading books 43, 44 and 45 (I know, I can’t stop myself).
However, along with the reading project I had planned to do a weekly podcast talking about the ‘single’ book I’d read that week.
So, what happened?
Well…the world went to hell in a handbasket!
Though I haven’t been posting, I have been reading AND I’ve been working full time, though from home.
As soon as the lockdown started I was sent home as a ‘vulnerable’ person which means that I have been working from home now for over five months.
For me that’s not a bad thing. I am loving the fact that I am no longer sitting on a bus or waiting for a bus or wishing the bus would show up (it rarely does). Now I finish work, shut down my machine, close my office door and read.
Back in March I should have already finished 12 books. But life happens, I had an entire weekend in February where I did nothing but see people (not complaining, especially after the last eternity of being 100% alone apart from Darcy the Cat). Then I was recording my other podcast (Romance isn’t Dead), spending far too much time on social media or watching rubbish that could easily have waited. So I was was BEHIND.
Move a few weeks into lockdown and I was reading 7 books a week. There was no way on earth I could a) talk about all of them in a single episode and b) record an episode because I was actually too busy reading.
So there was the dilemma…did I record a podcast about my reading, or did I read?
Obviously, the reading won.
Move forward to now, we’re almost in September and I have realised that I miss the whole podcast process. I have lots I want to say, and it’s something I actually enjoy doing. Of course, it’s too late to start the whole ‘what I’ve been reading’ thing all over again…and when I listen back to old episodes I can hear that I am veering off into other subjects.
What do I do?
After a couple of weeks (weeks when I actually recorded episodes that will now never see the light of day), I realised that my podcast needed a new identity.
That’s where I am right now. The oldest grandson of a really good friend of mine is currently composing a unique and quirky theme for me, I have written scripts and outlines and I am listening to other podcasts.
In a few weeks my new podcast will be born (15 September to be exact). I am hoping that I will eventually grow it into what I envision it can be. But at the start it will be small and possibly gain a following – no matter how small!
I have been thinking about updating on here for a while and it’s bad that it took me as long as it has.