If you have an 8-ball…

The weather has turned. The blistering heat, blue skies and outdoor drinking has been halted with the arrival of August and a hurricane. Oh, wait a minute.

That was me having a massive word with myself. Let’s be more accurate, it was a heavy storm where my fence wobbled a bit in the wind. Regardless, the shite weather has done nothing to help my indecision about whether to do a massage course this autumn/winter or go travelling again. There are up and downsides to both. When I speak to my friends who are moving around Europe, selling artwork, busking or performing, I get a massive pang of jealousy. I want to do that too. But then I tell myself, this is their daily life. Travelling is how they make money.

I can’t do that.

Writing is something I can do anywhere, it’s awesome. But I’ve learned that trying to promote a newly published book while you’re travelling is not the best way forward. So, now I’m giving serious thought to bringing the release date for Heart Shaped Bruise forward – forward enough so I can have it out and promotion underway before the horrific winter properly kicks in.

The friend I’d travelled in India with told me yesterday that I had to go away. I’d spend more money than I’d save by staying and he’s right. But it’s not just a question of money (though it would help if I actually started to save some). It’s a question of practicality and forward thinking.

Doing a massage course now will take me through the winter, and I’ll be qualified enough to start practicing it. The downside is, I’ll have to put off travelling for a substantial amount of time until later next year. On the other hand, it’s cold, I don’t know how long I’ll be working for and since life is so unpredictable, who knows if I’ll get to go travelling next year instead of this.


I think I need an 8-ball. Actually, if any of you have one, could you ask it what I should do and post the answer in the comments?



  1. I’ll be your eight ball ……… do the course …….. you have the rest of your life to travel …… it’s not like a 4 year degrees course is it ……. should I go on …….. do I sound like your dad? ……..

    The weather turning, yes, feel it, too. The chill is off-putting to me as well.

    Anyone can busk you know. There was a guy at Leicester Square tube years ago. All he’d do is stand at the bottom of the stairs, no instruments, just sing, “Leiiiiiicster Square … Ohhhhh…ohhhhhhh…Leicssssssster Square”, over and over. I think he got about as much change as anyone. 🙂

    Anyone can mime as well! I mean, people only see that for a few seconds while they pass if you do out in a strategic spot, so you learn one routine and do it over and over. :d.

    1. LOL I definitely won’t be subjecting anyone to my performing! And no, you don’t sound like my dad….yet!

      I’m going to look into courses this weekend….and maybe look at spending a long weekend or a week in France again just to take some time out and decide what to do….

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