It’s All About Me

June 13, 2011 § 17 Comments

I usually blog about reading, writing and books in general. That is my Blog Theme. I don’t like to deviate from that too much, but this week it’s inevitable. I am going to write a post that will be entirely about…


But don’t panic. I am not going to talk about my childhood.

My blog’s gone a bit quiet. I don’t know if anyone’s noticed, particularly, but the reason is I’ve been finding it hard to work up a post. This is not because of a lack of things to talk about – I have several interesting topics lined up – but because I currently lack sufficient mental focus to turn those topics into coherent discussions.

The big news is, I am moving overseas in about four weeks.

Let me say that again, just for my own personal entertainment.


Why would a thoroughly English-hearted girl leave her country-of-birth and immerse herself in a foreign culture, one might ask? This is because Miss C. English is also a geek-hearted girl with some mildly unusual internet-gaming hobbies. About seven years ago, this led to a roaringly inconvenient long-distance relationship.

Yeah.. seven years. It was never any sort of plan to get myself mixed up in something so crazy (speaking for my partner I’m sure he’d say the same), but life happens. It was one of those things where you think, give it a try. It might work out. I guess it did because we’ve survived seven years of having to cross an actual sea in order to see one another, and now it’s finally time to move in together.

It’s taken that long because we were all of nineteen when we met, and in the intervening years one of us has been studying interminably to become a doctor (that would be him) and the other has been mucking about in England doing all sorts of stuff I can’t be bothered to detail right now.

Anyway, as of the first week in July I will be resident in Holland, to all appearances permanently. Scary/terrifying/exciting/very cool all at the same time.

This alone is requiring quite a lot of effort to arrange, but you know what they say about life – it never rains but it pours? Usually that’s used to mean everything-bad-happens-at-once, but sometimes everything good happens at once as well. I didn’t plan to be editing my first finished novel at the same time, but somehow that’s been the case. I don’t want to let that drop while I organise my move, or I might find it really hard to get back into it (and besides, I want it finished so I can start writing book 2!). Also I run an online business part-time, which has picked up a bit all of a sudden, and I am also contributing writerly stuff to an upcoming fantasy online novel.

Yep, everything happens at once. I even found it hard to focus on reading last week which is virtually catastrophic in my case. Anyway, it might be nice to be able to deal with all of that AND run a regular blog AND have time to eat, sleep and occasionally get exercise. But I am a lowly human after all and something has to give.

I do pledge that blogville shall not be entirely neglected over the next month. It’s just taking me much longer than usual to write up each blog post and I don’t have as much time to dedicate to it. Sooo, I hope you’ll all forgive this geek for being a little sidetracked for a while! When I have my new writing nook set up in Holland I shall take some glossy pictures – you know the ones that make things look infinitely more luxurious, tidy and loaded with culture than they really are? There’ll be some of those.

Meanwhile, thanks for bearing with my relatively brief exploration of the topic of Noble Self. Next post, we’ll talk about book covers or author photos or genres or something. Promise.


PS It’s hard for me to get through an entire blog post without being facetious. In honour of my chosen title, have a funny song. It’s from Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, the ‘Commentary: the Musical’ extra that you get on the DVD. Remember the part where I said I was a geek? 🙂


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§ 17 Responses to It’s All About Me

  • DarcKnyt says:

    Best of luck with everything Charlotte — the move, the romance, the assimilation into a new culture, editing, reading, having a great life…you know. All that jazz. 🙂

  • Lissa says:

    I really hope it turns out well for you. I don’t want you to suffer the pain of moving to a new country only to have it blow up in your face like it did me. It should be just wonderful, though. living with my man after a long-term LDR is just the best thing ever.

  • I loved learning more about you and your endeavors. I’m also talking about you in my upcoming post! Best of luck with the next four weeks and enjoy the fact that right now, it’s all about you.

    • Charlotte says:

      Thanks Steph. I’m always loath to post much about personal stuff, not least because I don’t want to bore people. Glad it’s not too dull from time to time 😉 Thanks for the mention in your recent post! I’ll take your advice and try to enjoy the next couple of months as much as possible.

  • Sooooo….you’re NOT moving to Baltimore? I was gonna reserve some alone time for you and Poe’s grave.

    • Charlotte says:

      Thanks Scott.. that’s very kind, in a slightly creepy way! You’re informative as always, though; I didn’t know Poe lived and died in Baltimore. You should be writing a book about the place, with all your inside info. Or are you already?

  • Katy says:

    Sounds like an amazing adventure awaits you! All the best with the move. Also…how bloody good is Dr Horrible!!??!

    • Charlotte says:

      Thanks, Katy! And… I KNOW! Too good, especially given the circumstances under which it was filmed (no budget, no studio, nothing but a stack of amazing talent). I heard a rumour recently about a second one in the works. Let’s hope that was true 😀

  • Wow, that’s a lot at once! Congratulations on everything and good luck in Holland.

    This doesn’t mean you can abandon your blog responsibilities, you know. You have to have priorities!

    • Charlotte says:

      It doesn’t? Shite. You’re right, of course. I should’ve given up sleeping before I even thought about slacking off as a blogger.

      Anyway, thanks! 🙂

  • Andy says:

    I liked reading this, you should write more about yourself! And also photos!

    Sounds like a fascinating (and romantic) adventure… I’m sure it’s all going to work out for the best and I’m looking forward to reading your writings from Holland.

    • Charlotte says:

      Andy. Thanks! A few people have said that so I suppose I will do a bit more generally personal(ish) stuff in future. And there will be photos. Particularly of my new kittens, which I will meet in a week or two. (!!!!)

      Thanks for the vote of confidence. I’m sure you’re right – life may seem a bit unstable for a few months but after that I dare say everything will be fine and dandy.

  • Margie says:

    I chuckled a bit at your comment about moving overseas. My mind immediately went back to our move overseas, which was from Canada to the UK. After that, the trip we took to Holland was just a small jaunt across a little pond. Goes to show how experience and duration can change our perspective on things!

  • DarcsFalcon says:

    So much going on for you! Good luck with all of it, the packing and moving, the new life, the new place, the new country, the new living with someone. 🙂 One breath at a time! 🙂

    No need to respond sweetie, you already have a pretty full plate, just wanted you to know I was thinking of you and wishing you well. 🙂

    I’m looking forward to your posts once you get settled!

    Take care!

    • Charlotte says:

      Hi Falcon. This is a belated reply, undoubtedly, but it would be far too rude not to reply at all to such a nice comment. Thank you for the good wishes! Made me smile. I’ll be flying out to Holland this weekend. I think everything will be a bit mad for a couple of weeks, but after that it should be possible to settle down again and pick up where I left off with the blog. Thanks so much for visiting and commenting!

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