Thursday, 13 August 2009


I'm sorry. I've been a bad Novel Racer. I do believe the time has come to let someone else have my space. I work full time, I'm a single parent and I'm doing a degree: I think, with the best will in the world, for the next year, I will be neither racing nor novel writing.

I'm not giving up the writing, of course, no no no no nooooo... but until my degree is completed, it will be short stories and comps.

But even typing this, I'm thinking 'oooh, I could gradually plot Novel 2...'. And I could. But I won't, not really.

I can still come to the parties, though, right? I will be back, I will write that next novel. But for now, it's time for a sabattical.

Toodle pip.


JJ Beattie said...

Oh no!
I know.
Of course not.

Anonymous said...

Wot JJ said.

Helen said...

Oh Jen! Oh no!

But to be fair I know exactly where you're coming from as I've been a bit rubbish...I haven't even commented on the fact Clare and Captain Black have left too (sorry you two I've been away then the baby started to crawl etc etc, I will rectify as soon as finished here).

Jen keep in touch. x

Calistro said...


Not another one :(

I completely understand but I SOOO hope you come back x

Calistro said...

P.s. You HAVE to come to the parties. Captain Black too. And Boob. I wouldn't be the same without you all :(

Paige said...

Oh Jen! Not another one! At least this is only a sabbatical! You ARE coming back aren't you???? Promise you won't just disappear!? Please keep your blogging going, even with a post once a month or something!

Good luck with everything and stay in touch!!!!!!!!!!!! OR ELSE! ;-)

Rowan Coleman said...

Blimey - its all change - I will miss you Jen, along with the others, and I really hope you come back to us

L-Plate Author said...

I never got to meet you at the meets Jen but all the very best in whatever you do (and maybe I'll see you at the next meet?) x

Debs said...

Blimey, I've got a little behind (being away, mother over, etc, etc) and look what I find when I try to catch up.

So sorry to hear you're leaving, but do hope you'll be back.

Graeme K Talboys said...

I think we all go through phases and ups and downs. Goes with the territory.

Don't go far.

B said...

well as long as you come back sooner or later, and as long as you still blog and come to meets, i will forgive you :)

SpiralSkies said...

Aw, thanks everyone. It's seriously just a break - I've realised I can't do everything and do it well.

I may well plot the next novel but I just think someone else could benefit from everything I've gained from being a part of the Novel Racers.

But yeah. I'll be back, for sure. Really, nothing's changed. I'll still be writing, blogging and coming to the knees-ups! Just being honest about the lack of actual novel-writing for now.

Cathy said...

Oh no. But I do understand...I hardly wrote anything on my novel last year.

As long as you promise to return and of course all the recent leavers must come to the parties. Wouldn't be the same without you :)

Good luck with the rest of the degree,


liz fenwick said...

Jen! I totally understand but will miss you.


ChrisH said...

Hope the break proves productive. Good luck.

Leatherdykeuk said...

Looking forward to your return!

Liane Spicer said...

Not you too, SS. You will be missed. Best of luck in everything, and as Graeme said, don't go far.