Sunday 10th December 2017

Today was a rest day.

After yesterday’s tournament disappointment I’d already decided that even if there was sparring today I wouldn’t be going.  Just as well really as I woke up to a couple of inches of snow.

I got woken by Kate messaging me some writing support.  I didn’t mind, especially given that I’m feeling very flat after yesterday.  Whilst I might not feel much better about writing right now, her kind words about some support I gave her a few days back helped put my day into the right frame of mind.

I’m so temporarily done with swordfighting right now that I’ve decided I’m taking a week off.  This isn’t me throwing my toys out the pram, this is me feeling disappointment and frustrated and deciding a week break from it might do me some good.  After all, as Kate reminded me this morning, I do have a novel to edit.

This will allow me more time to see friends this week.  I had a friend come over for Turkey Burgers and the last few episodes of Dark which we thoroughly enjoyed.  It’s begging for a second season and whilst I was disappointed that things weren’t neatly wrapped up, I did really, really enjoy it.

I also got introduced to a new mobile game that I’m only playing because my friend is.  It’s a battleship strategy game and whilst I usually loathe mobile games, I think the fact that it’s taking me away from my swordfighting frustration is probably a very positive thing.

I also want to spend a little time in Warcraft over the holidays.  Just like the Garrison in the Warlords expansion, the Class Order Hall are good money earners, and so now I have 7 characters at level 110, I’m trying to complete their order hall campaigns so that I have enough followers to get these missions across all my characters.

If nothing else, it took my mind off things.  The snow meant that I couldn’t have gone anywhere even if I wanted to, and my plans to walk into town this afternoon got turned into popping across the road to the shop.

I thought I’d feel bad wanting to take a break from swordfighting.  After all, it’s not like me to give up, even when things get hard, but I know this is just a temporary thing.  What with the blog, dues, website updates for Wessex, English Sidesword Open and other things, it’s pretty much dominated my life these last few months.  And whilst, given the book frustration, this has been a good thing, I’m now a little burnt out on it all.

Perhaps this is the perfect time to dive into book 2 and get some work done, although I have to be honest and say I just wanted to rest today.  Given that I didn’t get a proper lay in this morning and due to my friend staying until late before work tomorrow, I doubt I’ll get one tonight, maybe it’ll take me a few days before I feel human again.

I just intend to take it easy and relax a little.  It’s not so much that I deserve it as my mind and body needs it.

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