The whole Utopian resting lark isn’t really going quite as restfully as I had hoped. My naiive little head had imagined, nay hoped, that I could just sit quietly and write my book this week (in time for my first deadline with my agent Peter on Monday) while supping the occasional tasty beverage with friends, stretching the land legs with Bonnie-the-one-eyed-hound and cycling my way back to the life of endorphine-fuelled inner happiness that I enjoyed at sea.
Instead, following my very peaceful and chilled bank-holiday-in-a-tent Peak District retreat (Duke of Edinburgh awarding with my old school) life has leapt back to Land Busy once more, as I try and coordinate various interviews, Dippers repatriation, Diary Filling, talk booking, email duties and so on. All normal life for most folks, I guess – only I’m still getting back into the swing of it after my time at sea. A mashing by physio and sports masseur today went some way to returning body to normal, even if my mind is still not quite settled yet. I think this whole post-ocean crazy dazed wobbling will be worth a whole chapter of the book – the psychology of it is all rather intriguing.
Good stuff afoot: Sarah Outen polo-shirts will be available to order in the next day or two, and a cheeky preview selection of ocean photos will be online very shortly, too.
I think tomorrow the key will be to turn off all phones and emails and go underground for a day of book writing…
Yours in Fruitloopydom from Outey Towers,
PS Dippers will be landing in 10 days time, and delivered to Southampton a few days thereafter. 19th/20th September she and I will be on display at Southampton Boatshow. Details of ticketage to follow.
PPS Advance Warning: Radcliffe & Maconie : 15th September, BBC Radio 2. I will be meeting my favourite radio boys for real as I join them live for the show in Manchester. Happy days!