April really didn’t quite go to plan for me, at least as far as my authorly existence is concerned. You may or may not know that, for reasons entirely too complicated and uninteresting to explain here, the time I have available to be “Nicky Wells, Author” has been cut in half since the beginning of February. By and large, the implications for my readers are negligible as I am abounding with ideas for books, and I am working fast and furious when I can. Moreover, I’ve had a bit of a strategic realignment in terms of how I spend my time. I mean, come on, I was a project manager in a previous lifetime—workflow management is my specialty, and crunched agendas don’t intimidate me!
So I took a long hard look at how I should spend my author time, and I made some adjustments. As a result, the time I dedicate to actually producing product—writing books for you, my friends!—has barely been affected.
However. Every now and then, life will throw up a few wrinkles, and April was one of them. Through the entire month of April, I managed a grand total of fifteen hours of work on my books, if that. Why? Grab a chair and a cuppa and find out…
5 April—Older Son’s Birthday Party
My older son celebrated his ninth birthday in style at a local leisure centre, and the grandparents came to stay with us for advance celebrations for the weekend. Lots of fun and cake was had, my gorgeous nine year old was chuffed beyond belief by all the presents and attention, and writing didn’t seem important.
7 April—The Big Rock Concert
Monday, 7 April, was not only the first day of the Easter holidays, but also the day of The Big Rock Concert. From about nine o’clock, I was busy dealing with the excitement of my two children as they got ready for their first rock gig ever. In the early afternoon, we drove over to Nottingham for the FM, Europe and Foreigner concert. We took the opportunity to link up with some old friends for dinner beforehand, and then we launched ourselves head over heels into the rock extravaganza.
8 April—Older Son’s Actual Birthday
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that we like to party here at the Wells house. Certainly by the end of this post, you’ll be convinced of the fact. So either way, it’s no surprise that in addition to the ‘pre-party’ on Saturday, we also celebrated my son’s ninth birthday in style on the actual day.
12 April—Wedding Anniversary (Number 11)
Yup! Eleven amazing years! With all our normal babysitters literally being out of the country owing to the Easter holidays, we elected to turn our anniversary day into a family celebration. We amused ourselves cooking up a feast of home-made ravioli, filled with lobsters for the adults and four cheeses for the kids. If you’ve ever made ravioli from scratch, you’ll know that this can easily take up a day. We had cake and fizz and snacks and music in between, and it was glorious. Writing? Errr…
19 April—Unscheduled Day Trip to Bristol
The week following our wedding anniversary passed in a blur. We made Easter decorations, baked cakes, and went on outings—work can wait, right?
On Saturday, 19 April, we travelled to Bristol for the day to visit one of our children’s best friends who was in hospital with a burst appendix. We left Lincoln at seven a.m., arrived in Bristol at just after eleven a.m., and dashed to the hospital to see the patient. Our visit lasted only twenty minutes, and those were spent in shifts as the poorly patient couldn’t have more than two visitors at a time, but it was absolutely one-hundred percent worth it to see her little pale face light up.
After we said our farewells, we dropped in on some other friends, and then some other friends… and some other friends still. We turned the day into a flying-visit-bonanza of epic proportions with three rounds of tea and cake and a big dinner, and we had an absolute blast.
20 April—Easter Sunday
The traditional egg hunt took place a little later than planned owing to our very late arrival back from Bristol the previous night. Eggs duly found and gathered by the kids, we went to church, cooked lunch, watched a movie, and ate altogether too many chocolate eggs. Did you know that you can’t possibly work on a book if you’ve overdosed on chocolate?
24 April—Husband’s 40th Birthday
As if April hadn’t been eventful enough already, my husband also celebrated his fortieth birthday. The kids and I spent ages making him a special commemorative present in the week leading up to the Big Day. On the day itself, I got busy organising a surprise dinner and putting the final touches to the surprise cake party. Birthday boy himself didn’t want a fuss, of course, but you’ve got to, for your fortieth, right? I arranged for several friends and their children to creep quietly into the house while the boys and I distracted Jon in the kitchen with his steak dinner. When everybody had arrived, we allowed Jon to go into the hitherto locked up dining room, and everyone jumped out and shouted ‘surprise.’ The look on my birthday husband’s face was, as the saying goes, priceless.
26 April—110 Reasons to Celebrate
To round the month off perfectly, we had a big party in the local village hall celebrating all in one go: all recent family birthdays, our wedding anniversary, and our moving-house anniversary. Family from near and far and friends old and new came together to dance, sing and make merry—kids ‘n’ all. The Higgledy Piggledy Band took us through our paces in many a round of ceilidh dancing, and everybody had brought food to turn the buffet into a veritable feast. At one point, I was invited by Tom, the caller, to demonstrate a dance (what, who, me, with my two left feet?) and a little later in the evening, the guitarist decided to go rock and launched into a rendition of ‘Mustang Sally’, for which he summoned me to be backing singer. I accepted the challenge, although I requested backup from a friend, and it was an exhilarating if possibly slightly out-of-tune stage debut for the both of us.
The highlight of the evening, however, was to see the many smiling faces of parents dancing with their kids, of kids dancing, and of everybody having a whale of a time.
Getting my priorities right…
With all of these goings on, it is fair to say that during the month of April, I didn’t overachieve, as would usually be my wont. There are many things I wanted to do that I never got round to. However! Everything that needed to get done has been done to bring you my next book on time. Editing, proofing and cover design is all under control. Fallen For Rock will be out on 3 July. Watch out for the cover reveal in late May!
Meanwhile, the whole family is buzzing with happiness and memories right now. We had a truly outstanding month with many events we will never forget. When all is said and done, that’s what life is about. Rock on!
What a great month for you! I agree, it’s very easy to neglect the family and fun things in favour of work work work. But that’s not what life’s all about at the end of the day! Friends and family time is so important. Next week I shall practise what I preach by spending a few days in Yorkshire with hubby, sightseeing, eating, drinking and entirely work-free. Hurrah! Have a rockin’ week! xx
Hi Karen! Thanks for dropping by and here’s wishing you a FAB time in Yorkshire. Hey, you’ll be almost in our neck of the woods… Lincs is only a little way down from Yorks… LOL! Just kidding, but you are welcome!! Have fun and speak soon. XX
You know, I was thinking that as I was writing that comment! Hmm, wonder if hubby would mind visiting fellow rock chick author? He’s undoubtedly going to make me spend a whole day in the Railway Museum, so fair’s fair… 😉
*jumps up and down excitedly* It’s only an hour and a half’s drive from there to here….. #JustSaying
I have one word for you, Nicky: PERFECT!
Writing is magical, marvellous, fun, and rewarding (oh, and hard work, but let’s focus on the positives, here!) But Life – family, love, relationships, health (and, of course, Wells parties!) are, as you say, the priority. Thanks for this reminder, which I quite often need! Leading by good example, Mrs Wells!
Ah, you say it so much more succinctly than I did, Jo. LOL! Thanks for stopping by and yes, do take some time to smell those roses… (I was dying to get *that* phrase in here somewhere!!) Rock on, Mrs Gawn!
Ha, that’s unusual for me! 😛 Yay for roses smelling. Rock on, Mrs Wells! xx
Absolutely agree – life and family does get in the way of writing, obviously being more important. But what a fabulous excuse – a month of partying and celebrations :). Rock on!
Rock on indeed, Vicki! Sometimes, it’s a bit of a balancing act. And sometimes, I *do* have to remind myself what it’s all about because I can get quite carried away with writing. So hence this celebration post, and I’m glad you enjoyed! Needless to say, there’s absolutely nothing going on in my life in May, LOL! XX 😀 Good to see you here, thanks for stopping by!
What a great month of celebrations! Congratulations to all the Wells family members.
Thanks so much, Marina! April is always mad, but this one was particularly crazy. All good though! Hope all is well at your end?
Hey what is life about if not to have fun and lots of it. We have many birthdays in the same month several times in a year so I know what you mean about time running away. Best laid plans and all that. My last 18 months has run away from me too…seems our family is being blighted by serious illness and events which are life-changing for those concerned, so I’ve been remiss too. But, glad to see you back and having fun and I look forward to more of the same soon. I am busy writing the autograph piece so I will look forward to posting it soon and, if you have more comments about getting autographs from famous people you admire, do email me. I’d love to include comments from you if possible, knowing what a fan you are of so many bands. I have your links and will add them so people can check you blog and wonderful books out too. J xx welcome back 🙂
I knew you’d get this, Jane! I’m sorry to hear that your family has been beset by so much difficulty and sad news. Sometimes, life’s like that. Which makes it even more important to hold on to the good times over and above the urge to write, write write….
Do I have more comments about getting autographs? Ha! Course I do. I shall email you, if you like, complete with photos?
Go ahead…I may be able to use them all depending upon the size this all eventually becomes. But do please as I know you are the right person to ask!! ~Thanks do email me. Jane x
And I thought I was busy!
LOL it’s all relative! I wish I had a Harry Potter clock, just think about what one could achieve if one could do more than one thing at any one time!!! Thanks for visiting today, Anneli! 😀
Wow! What a busy month!!! I am loving the S.H.I.E.L.D. cake :-). Hope you are well lovely Nicky!! xx
I’m very well, still riding high on the buzz! The cake was awesome although, if you can keep a secret, there was rather too much icing for my liking, LOL! Thanks so visiting, it’s lovely to see you here today. XX
You have had a busy month. But you loved every minute of it, I can tell. The cake and cupcakes were great. Looking forward to Fallen for Rock’s cover reveal. 🙂
*waves* Thank you!!! XXX 😀
Hi honey *waves* 🙂
I was gunna say, right, what have i missed, but by the looks of things…a LOT lol xx
And I’ve missed you, welcome back!! Party season is over now… so I guess I’m gonna have to have a book launch soon, LOL! X
Oooooo, exciting!!!!! 🙂 xx
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