Such a random collection of photos! Well the reality is that the above selection is a pretty typical snapshot of my life, and one of the main reasons I've quit my job. So last Friday I laid some underfloor heating in the extension we are having built (it's surprisingly easy, in case anyone else fancies having a go), last Sunday, as a serving Army Reservist, I did of course embark on the annual ritual of attending a Remembrance Sunday service, and the other picture...
The photo on right is a pic of the place I work and the place I went after spending Sunday doing Army stuff. This is the sight that greets me as I arrive at work for my 11 hour shift. I kinda see it as doing a mini operational tour for four days a week - I go to work, sleep then repeat with precious little time for stuff in between. Which for those who know little about the Army and operational tours, this is what you do on ops; as a staff officer at least. Wake, work, sleep, repeat; seven days a week. I suppose I at least get a few days off working for Amazon!
DIY, Army stuff and my day job (or night job as the case may be (I work nights)), then there's my two wonderful little boys, aged 4 and 6, and of course writing. Quite a lot for anyone to squeeze in. So I took the decision to end my short period of employment with Amazon to concentrate on my writing career and making our extension habitable. We have only contracted the builders to do the walls and roof, the rest is up to, um, well me! I have renovated around 15 houses in case you were wondering, and have built up plenty of DIY skills over the years to make me more than qualified. And besides, generally, tradespeople do it wrong!
So, in three weeks time I will no longer work for Amazon, but I will still work for the Army (until I die, probably) and I'll be returning to one of my favourite pastimes of good old DIY... and of course writing!
Charlotte Goodwin is the author of the Gallantrian Legacy series. A set of six books (and counting) set in a universe where magic is real, there's just not much of it on Earth.