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Where did Briony go?

Hey everyone 👋, long time no see?

Sorry for the silence, I know I’ve been around, but no where near as much as I would like to and well long story short, times got tough and I completely lost my mojo. 😔

There was a poignant bereavement in my boyfriend’s family that took us all completely by surprise and that mixed with my own grief of my Nan’s passing, now a decade ago, it began a bit of a downward spiral. It’s amazing how many other things can also rear their ugly head at your worst times. It wasn’t pretty. I spent most of March just floating along. A shell of who I am.

But as time has passed I’ve managed to rekindle my passions with my hobbies one by one. Spurred on by the love of those around me, who are all worth their weight in gold. ❤️

However, I wanted to write about this today, because for anyone like me who just needs a bit of reassurance, if there is one thing this experience has taught me it’s that it’s okay to take a break. You will get back on track eventually, but take your time, recharge your batteries. Take care of yourself because there’s only one you. 💫

So, where did Briony go? Well…

There was my writing holiday, which I never talked about as it was the prelude to everything mentioned above. But, it was such a perfect trip, I didn’t want to let it pass me by on here.

My boyfriend and I took ourselves off to the beautiful town of Stratford-Upon-Avon. Where we spent a week in such a quaint hotel, right next to the river, where we wrote and wrote and wrote. We wrote at the hotel (aptly named Pen & Parchment!) in coffee shops, in the park. We ate good food, went for culture fulfilling walks in the surprising February sunshine. We even managed to catch to catch a show! I mean you, can’t go all the way to Shakespeare’s birthplace and not see one of his plays now can you? 😋

I came away with the beginnings of book two ladies and gentlemen. (I was even writing all the way back on the train home!) This author has a work in progress! 😍 A getaway like that is definitely something I will be doing again for sure. It’s made Stratford-Upon-Avon even more of a special place in my heart. I can’t wait to go back already.

I have had a couple of you asking me how I went about planning such a trip, so I am determined to give it it’s own post in due course too. So watch this space if you wish to find out more. 👀

In April, me, Momma and my good friend Ginger went to Wonderwool in Wales. These days out, just the three of us and a yarn festival, they’re just the best and if you don’t leave somewhere like this feeling inspired, I don’t know what will!

I treated myself to a couple of bits, which I am now obsessed with. For example, I now know kinda how to use a drop spindle to make my own yarn out of fibre. I also own a sterling silver crochet hook. 😍 What is life? 😂 I would definitely recommend a visit and they’ve just announced the dates for next year! (For more info on my purchases I did a haul post on my Instagram, for more info on the show visit their website.)

And this final one is a silver lining story, which at the minute, I really dig. So during all of this, my day job got rather stressful too. I ended up needing to commute around on trains a lot for a couple of weeks and with my head already swimming, it was enough to tip me over the edge. I needed a distraction, but something small and discreet as not to draw attention. (I’ll be honest, I haven’t felt much like talking over the last few months.) So I picked up a book and finished it within a week, so I picked up another.

I’d forgotten how much of a source of relaxation reading could be for me and it was mad to feel the stress just drain out of me for those few hours a day I was by myself with the world blurring by.

My current read is called The Curse of The Boyfriend Sweater by a lady called Alanna Okun, who I discovered on Instagram. It’s mini snippets of life writing, she’s disguised as essays, based on her own life and crafting experiences and I just love it! 😍 Can’t praise it enough in fact and even across the pond here in the UK, I can totally relate!

So book number two, woolly adventures and reading moving back home in my heart. ❤️ What’s next for me now? You’ll have to watch this space and see. 😉 (There’s a secret craft project for one, my draft from NaNoWrimo that everyone I’ve talked to about it wants to read for two. And some rather exiting plans taking shape for the future. But they’re all just glimmers of WIPs at the min.)

However, as a thank you to you all for being so patient with me over the last few months, I wanted to leave you with my first teaser for my next novel. 👏

I’m really only just getting to know the characters of this novel myself, but what I do know is it’s set in the same universe as Unravelled. It’s not going to be a direct sequel, but in keeping with similar themes and the general feel good vibe, so fans of the first book will still fall in love with the second. ❤️ Instead of knitting taking centre stage this time it’s going to be it’s sister craft crochet. Again, mimicking how the stories themselves are connected. This story showcases more of girl power! and friendship than romantic love and it nods towards our more internet age when it comes to crafting these days.

And…

I do have a title, but I want you to have a going at guessing what it’s called before I tell you. Just based on what I’ve just revealed above. Have some fun with it, yenno. Build the hype and all that jazz. 😉

Oh and here’s one more clue:

_ _ _ _ _ _ ? 🧶 (6 Letters)

Leave your guesses in the comments below and I’ll be back soon with the reveal.❤️

Thank you for being here and giving me light in the dark.

B xo

Author:

Briony Marshall is an author from the West Midlands in the UK. She is a graduate from the University of Wolverhampton with a degree in Creative & Professional Writing with English. Briony currently lives at home with her Mom, Dad and boyfriend. When Briony is not writing, she’s knitting and when she’s not knitting, she’s drinking coffee. Her debut novel, cosy, romantic, knitting comedy: Unravelled, is available now and Briony looks forward to the adventures this new chapter will bring.

2 thoughts on “Where did Briony go?

  1. Writing breaks are great. Pre Uni, most of my holidays were to get away and write. Uni was great as writing happened most of the time. Now with a huge undertaking in life, running a farm, restoring the interior of the house to standards most members of the human race would find acceptable, (like having three pin plugs, a bath that works and a working cooker),tidying the yard and getting the sheds straight, and not least looking after my pets,it is hard to write anything except for poetry for poetry events. These themselves are rarer, due to the many gardening, restoration, woodworking projects on the farm, and scrounging everything going on facebook marketplace for these projects, plus gratefully receiving hardcore or anything going free which can be stored and used on the farm. So, because the second hand caravan is not ready to tow to the river with the tractor to write, other getaways are the only time to write, such as my annual pilgrimage to Shell Island. These have been bedevilled with the batteries I have taken running out (to keep the laptop going all week ), but hurrah hoorah and hoolah, I now have a solar panel to recharge batteries. Also in the ‘writing in remote location’s’ armoury, some large capacity leisure batteries (used to run my TV and PC in the house at night), which means that this year, I should have enough battery power all week to keep the laptop burning with creativity. Of course most normal people would stay in accommodation with electricity, and spend their entire life looking at Trivago, but as a qualified tightwad and nature freak, I just can’t kick the camping habit,(especially at £7 a night tops), and the pleasure of pitching a few metres from the sea. In 2017, I was hit by 50 knot gales which made the tent dance, without collapsing, but rather than put me off, it inspired a flurry of writing after the storms subsided. Alas, writing about two weeks per year is not enough to finish a book, so I look forward to reading yours instead. Unravelled was re-devoured on my last writing soujourn at Shell Island last year, and thanks to its humorous content was inspirational.

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    1. Aww thank you Rory!
      I understand a busy life doesn’t allow much time for writing, but if it makes you happy then do what you can when you can. The worst thing you can do is pressure yourself. You’re doing just fine, progress is progress no matter how small. Plus you have a fabulous new project with your farm and garden. I cannot wait to visit one day!

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