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NEWS FROM MY LIFE IN POEMS

Are you enjoying reading my poetry? If so, you might like to buy a signed copy of my poetry book, Wonderland. It contains many of the poems I have blogged and also some you haven’t seen before. If you live in the UK, the cost is £5.00 plus £1.50 postage. If you are one of my followers from overseas, please contact me in the comment box below. Let me know where in the world you live and I will let you know the cost of postage and packing. With every purchase you make I will be giving a 25% donation to the refugees from Ukraine. Thank you!

© Andrea Neidle, My Life in Poems

LIFE, THE UNIVERSE AND EVERYTHING

Thank you to the 200+ people who have been following My Life in Poems.

I’ve been blogging on a regular basis for most of this year.  Not only poems but also flash fiction and my thoughts on “life, the universe and everything”.* At the height of the pandemic I was posting virtually every day!

Although my poetry has been performed, published and broadcast, it has always been my desire to have all my poems published together in one place. Last year I finally made the decision to self-publish and put 52 of my best poems together in one anthology – “Wonderland”.

I was thrilled that whenever I read my poetry people bought copies of my book. I had planned to get it into bookshops. Then, sadly, Covid came along, the bookshops closed and I had to put my plans on hold. 

I still have 100 copies of Wonderland sitting in a box waiting for a new home. Wonderland costs £7.50 including postage within the UK. Any profit I make from its sale will be divided between Pancreatic Cancer UK and the Parkinson’s Disease Society. 

If you’d like your very own signed copy simply click on this link or cut and paste it into your browser.

Paypal.me/WonderlandPoetry

A copy will be posted to you as soon as your payment has been received. Please note that Wonderland is only available in the UK for now.

Whether or not you wish to buy a copy of my book, I’d like to thank you for all your support, encouragement and positive comments over the past year.

 

What will you do today?

 

MY DAY DCV – DURING CORONA VIRUS – 6 APRIL 2020

7am. Get up. Think about doing housework.

7.30am. Go back to bed. Sleep.

9am. Awoken by radio news telling me how many people have died of coronavirus since yesterday.

Get up. Have light breakfast. With luck there may be some home-made bread I have baked the night before.

Post has arrived.  Put it to one side for 72 hours. In a few days when wearing rubber household gloves I will wipe the post down and open it, wash the gloves with soap and water and hang them outside on the washing line to dry. Then I will wash my hands with soap and water singing ‘Happy Birthday to Me’ which will be appropriate this Wednesday as it will be my actual birthday. Read older post that has already been sanitised. Chuck some – if not all of it – in bin. Wash hands again. Is this for real?

9.30-11. Emails, WhatsApps, phone calls, write this blog and think about doing housework.

11. Shower, wash hair and dress in oldest most comfortable clothes. Think about doing housework.

11.30. Make lunch interrupted by phone calls and WhatsApp messages.

12.30 pm. Eat lunch with OH (other half).  Lunch is normally something cooked made fresh from scratch. It will be our main meal of the day.

1.30pm-3pm.  If sunny sit out in garden with book on lap which I don’t get round to reading.  Think about gardening.

If raining, intend to do some writing but instead make phone calls, respond to WhatsApp messages and take part in Face Times with friends and family.

3pm. If not done so in morning, take a walk with OH (other half) avoiding dogs, dog poo, joggers and all passers by.

4pm.  A cup of tea or coffee (in garden if fine) with a biscuit or piece of cake as a reward for keeping to the rules of isolation thus far. Think about doing housework.

4.30-5.30pm.  Together with millions of others stuck at home, turn on the TV and watch the PM and his colleagues giving us the latest statistics, rules, advice and warnings.

5.30-6pm. Watch the last half hour of Pointless for light relief while making some home-made soup for supper.

6pm. Listen to the news on BBC radio – which is the exact same news we heard at lunchtime – maybe with an increase in the number of people who have sadly died.

6.30-7pm. Pre-arranged Face Time over drinks/coffee with friends.

7pm. Supper. Delicious soup. With luck there might be some left over home-made bread.

7.30pm. Get changed back into night clothes.

7.45-9pm.  Do some work on PC. Try to write when not thinking about housework.

9pm.  OH and I settle down to watch something on Netflix. Can recommend, “Unorthodox”. Currently watching “The Windsors” (comedy).  For half an hour or so we are able to forget what is happening in the world.

10pm. Do we really want to watch the news again? It’s a repeat of what we saw at 6pm unless there is some new breaking news such as our PM going into hospital.

10.30pm. Bed. Read. Play Upwords, Words with Friends (recommended but highly addictive online word games) but don’t actually go to sleep till 1am – unlike OH who has been asleep for an hour. Sometimes I will get up and go to my study to do some more writing.

Tomorrow, as they say in Gone With The Wind, is another day.

Will awake the next morning and find to my surprise that I am still here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Andrea Neidle, My Life in Poems

About Me

WELCOME TO MY BLOG!

Hello! I began this blog by posting my poetry but, more recently, I have been writing about what life is like now.

I’m the mother of three, grandmother of five, writer, author (How to Get into Advertising, Cengage Learning), lecturer, poet, copywriter and the founder of Get Into Advertising Training Workshops.

BC (Before Corona) I was reading my poetry to audiences – now the only audience I have is online.  Since I started blogging, I have received more views than ever before!

I hope that, as well as reading my latest blog posts, you will also want to look at some of my poetry.  I call it My Life in Poems because most of it is autobiographical. If you ask me for a favourite I would say that it is, “Another Birthday”.

I’ve also included some “flash fiction” I’ve recently written.  These are extremely short stories – sometimes only a paragraph or two long.

I would be very happy to receive your comments and even happier to receive your “likes”.

Keep looking. Keep liking.

Thank you!

Andrea