Friday, 6 February 2009

Feeling Smug, Smug, Smug

Well that snow freed up some time, what with cancelled meetings and lots of people not being in work. As a result, I got several stories edited and sent off to mags, and have started work on two new ones. So I'm well ahead with my targets for the month. And it's only the 6th!

The no-booze plan is going well, too. It's getting easier, and the weekend ahead holds no terrors, not even the usual Friday night trip to the pub with the Paramour. I had a headache for a few days, which I think was because I've also cut right back on sugar. Like many of us, I guess, I got stuck in to the sweet treats over Xmas/New Year, and I didn't quite seem to get out of the habit again in January. I'm thinking about staying off the cakes/biscuits/chocolate etc completely for Feb. I'm not being completely rigid about it, I'm still putting sugar in the bread I make, and I had a blob of ketchup with my dinner last night, but I think if I keep off all the major sugar hits, that will be a good thing. Like alcohol, cakes and puddings are lovely to consume, and make me feel good for a short while, but then leave me feeling worse as my blood sugar plummets like a stricken aeroplane.

So I'm feeling thoroughly smug, even though I am going to have to work for most of the weekend. The sun is shining, too. All is well.

Saturday update: AND I've had a story shortlisted by That's Life Fast Fiction in Australia! It's the one I sold last year. I'm not holding my breath, though, as I understand from other womag writers that it may be months before I hear anything further. But still, being shortlisted is way better than being turned down.

10 comments:

HelenMHunt said...

You have good reason to feel smug. Well done!

Queenie said...

Awwww, thanks Helen!

Kirsty said...

Well done! I think you have good willpower for these things. I couldn't even survive giving up caffeine.

Well *I* survived, and those around me suffered...

Clare Sudders said...

Wahoo for you on all fronts! Well done. Now all I have to do is follow your example...

KAREN said...

Well done :o)) I need something to feel smug about. Must write more and eat less cake!

womagwriter said...

Oh I couldn't give up the chocolate and cakes! No way, never.

Well done on the shortlisting!

PI said...

Don't do that British thing of immediately down-crying something laudable that's happened to you. Stand high - walk proud.
I'm talking to you and me actually.
And don't try to give up too much at once.
Here endeth...
Otherwise - carry on and well done!

Queenie said...

Thanks everyone! Womag, you probably don't need to, then. I feel so much better without them that it's not even difficult, although I'm not giving up for ever; I want to get back to having them as an occasional treat rather than an everyday thing. PI: you're right, and I'm not giving up anything else.

SpiralSkies said...

Goodness, it sounds as if there's no stopping you at the mo. Perhaps I should think about cutting down on the gin and Jaffa Cakes too if it reaps such rewards!

Queenie said...

It's definitely working for me at the moment. But everyone's different. Gin and Jaffa cakes sounds like a top combination!