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My no-laptop holiday

Hello there In just a few hours, I'll be heading with the tribe to Denmark for two weeks. Two whole w
My no-laptop holiday
By Iain Broome • Issue #18 • View online
Hello there
In just a few hours, I’ll be heading with the tribe to Denmark for two weeks. Two whole weeks!
It’s been almost exactly two-and-a-half years since I became self-employed. I’ve enjoyed the experience hugely and it’s been a great success by almost every measure. But recently I have started to really feel a sense of burnout. I’m absolutely knackered.
I don’t just feel knackered. I look it too. Working late, saying yes to everything, combining work and childcare – I’ve been pretty good at managing it all, but I really need a break.
And so for the first time in a long while, I’m going away and leaving my laptop at home. Yes I’ll have my phone. Sure, there’ll be access to work if I really need it. But my laptop is where I spend so much of my time and to not have it with me will be… refreshing.
If someone can persuade my kids to be calm, kind and quiet for two whole weeks, I’ll be absolutely sorted.
So, no newsletter for a short while. And when I get back, you might see a few changes to these emails. I’ve been doing some serious thinking about what I want the newsletter to be and taking on board the feedback you shared just a couple of issues ago.
You’ll notice I sometimes miss weeks where I don’t send anything. That’s not because I don’t have time to write an email. It’s because I haven’t had time to read loads of articles and find new useful apps and other stuff during the week.
So perhaps the format is a bit restrictive. Maybe there is a way for me to continue pointing you to all the good stuff and at the same time write and send you content of my own.
Anyway. Nothing for you to worry about at the moment. I’m now closing this blasted laptop for at least 14 days. We’ll talk about it on the other side.

My identical twins. One playing football. One drawing a book shop.
My identical twins. One playing football. One drawing a book shop.
Eric Smith
I used the name "Will" as a placeholder for a character, and now that it's time to "find and replace" in this novel... I have regrets.

I might as well have named him "The".
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Jessica James
I don’t know who needs to hear this, but you don’t have to write every day to be a writer. You don’t even have to write every week. It’s totally natural for your creative life to have seasons of productivity and seasons of rest.

If you write, you’re a writer. That’s it.
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