Falling behind…

I’m days behind with the washing up, weeks behind with the blog (both reading and writing) and months behind with my reading. If you want to complete the sequence I’m also years behind with the housework (though Quentin Crisp did say” There is no need to do any housework at all. After the first four years the dirt doesn’t get any worse.”), a generation behind in my thinking, and a lifetime behind with diet, dreams and ambitions.

The trouble is that you can’t wash up before you’ve dirtied the plates, can’t read until you’ve bought the books and can’t clean until the house is dirty.

I admit that you can write posts ahead of time, but I find it’s a struggle. Currently I have a few part-completed posts but nothing ready to go. Once I started researching The Kings We Never Had I found myself doing too much research and not enough writing.

The idea behind the book reviews was to give me something to do in advance, but it hasn’t worked like that. I’m behind with book reviews too. Badly behind, because when I photographed the last lot I optimistically included some books I haven’t finished. In truth, I hadn’t started them all when I took the picture.

The book on the Normans seems like easy reading but you will be waiting a while for the review of Some Desperate Glory as it’s heavy going. As there are plenty of copies available for a penny plus p&p, it’s clear that supply exceeds demand.




I’m already working on some more books, one of which will be Some Desperate Glory. Confusing isn’t it? I really can’t thing why Max Egremont used the title for his poetry book when there was already a perfectly good book of memoirs using it. I’ll cover that more fully when I write the review.

Meanwhile it’s time for tea – ย belly pork with vegetables roasted with turmeric and cumin. It’s an old favourite and it’s easy.



27 thoughts on “Falling behind…

  1. Pingback: A Tale of Two Cycles | quercuscommunity

  2. jodierichelle

    It’s odd – the way striving for things makes you anxious to get them done. But I would rather be that person – striving and a bit anxious – than be the person who is content to strive for nothing.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      I saw someone I hadn’t seen for about 10 years last week – he’s 65 but said now he’s retored, paid off his house and brought up his kids he has nothing left to do and doesn’t think he’ll live much longer now.

      Yep, striving and anxious is definitely the way to go. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Liked by 2 people

      1. jodierichelle

        Wow – I will think of that when I wake up tomorrow at 5:30 am and am mad because I don’t HAVE to get up but I do anyway because I am anxious to get things done. And I will stop being mad.

        Liked by 1 person

  3. jfwknifton

    I use the “penny plus p&p” quite a bit to buy books, but I still don’t really understand why it exists. Is it just to build up good reviews? And why are some of the books obviously brand new? It all seems very strange to me.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      I’ve always assumed that they make a small profit on the postage and shift slow-moving books by doing it.

      Your suggestion makes sense – when I have a choice I tend to look at number of sales and the positive percentage.


  4. Clare Pooley

    I am behind with all my posts too and I was getting quite unhappy about it and anxious. I then realised I was being silly and was putting pressure on myself for no real reason. Blogging is meant to be a pleasure and a relaxation and when it stops being fun what is the point of doing it? I had expected too much of myself. I hadn’t expected to be quite so busy this year. The WP community is a friendly and understanding one and always seems happy to read posts from me whatever rubbish I might produce. Only I know all the things I had hoped to write about; no-one else is keeping tabs on me. I am trying to be a little more relaxed about things ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    Liked by 3 people


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s