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Oh Baby – Epic Plot Twist

Life has some amazing plot twists!

Back in the summer I completed my English Literature degree and achieved a 2:1. I had just started a new job after being out of work for over a decade raising my daughter. I fully intended to work on my blogging and writing, eventually releasing more self-published books.

Plot Twist!

In July I started to feel a little ‘odd’. Not unwell, but definitely not quite right at the same time. I knew the feeling from 11 years before. A test confirmed it… surprise pregnancy.

For those of you who know me this was happy news, but caused me a lot of anxiety at the same time. Past pregnancies usually ended very badly and we had been told that it was unlikely I would ever carry to term again. I spent most of 2017 anxiously questioning every twinge and pull. The midwives doubled the number of regular check-ups and I was signed off work to rest. No risks were to be taken. It wasn’t a fun time and I can honestly say that writing was as far from my mind as possible.

It wasn’t until Christmas that I finally began to relax. The baby was moving regularly (she has been nicknamed ‘wriggles’) and we had received a string of healthy scans. We found out that baby is a girl and bought a stack of pink. The house looks like a nursery!

She will be arriving by elective c-section (to reduce risk) towards the end of February.

Of course, now I’m more relaxed my mind has turned back to writing. So, here I am. I cannot guarantee¬†any regularity, nor what form it will be in. But I do plan to write some writing tips, articles and of course reviews. If there’s anything at all you would like to see let me know in the comments.

I’m so glad to be back on the blog and would like to raise a glass of juice to those random, amazing plot twists. Without them, life wouldn’t be half as interesting.

Work in progress

I love a good spring clean. It’s always nice to take something and make it better. Tonight I started work on a blog clean-up. 

I have transferred all of the old posts from blogger to here. WordPress is much easier to take forward onto a domain later and I prefer the app too. 

I have also selected a template. Of course we all know I will likely change my mind in a month. 

Next step is a big one… It’s new name time. I love ‘thatfirstline’ but it is unfortunately not available so I think fate is telling me to choose a new one. 

Throw your ideas in the comments.


I have definitely failed to keep this blog up to date. But to be honest I have also failed to read often due to life changes and other challenges. I intend to change this in the coming weeks. This will begin with a platform change to WordPress and a relaunch.

Please watch this space. Time for the next chapter.