It’s school holidays here, so the pace of my life is completely different for a couple of weeks. I have less time to focus on work, but I usually try and plan my writing projects to fit around family while my kids are off school. I completed my first draft of a new novella (working title: Nothing Ventured) on Tuesday, just in the nick of time before travelling up to Edinburgh to visit my inlaws.

We don’t get up to Scotland very often because it’s a long drive by British standards–about 360 miles. Edinburgh is a gorgeous city and although we only had two days there we managed to fit in two of our favourite outings.
The museum for my animal obsessed kids :) and a walk up Arthur’s Seat. Arthur’s Seat is a huge hill slap bang in the middle of Edinburgh and you get amazing views of the city from the top.

Then on Sunday we drove to Glasgow for a baby naming ceremony for my new niece. It was a humanist (non religious) ceremony rather than a christening, and was a perfect celebration and wonderful way to welcome a new baby into her circle of family and friends.
Now I’m back home again and we have more celebrations this week, with my daughter’s eleventh birthday tomorrow. Then at the weekend we have extended family on my side this time coming to visit to help her celebrate again.
Somehow in between all this family time I’m hoping to find a few hours spare to crack on with editing my novella, because I want to submit before the end of the month. I could use a few extra hours in the day.  I’ll leave you with this rather fitting photo of a weird and wonderful clock sculpture that I snapped in Glasgow town centre on Saturday. Very fitting for many authors I think – time tends to run away with us!