Members 60. Quit Lit. A genre.

I had no idea such a genre existed. Stupid of me, there’s a genre for everything.

Update

As I type, I’m 45 days dry. I’m getting used to ordering alcohol-free drinks and people around me are more settled about it too. In a couple of days, I’m heading off to Rome with Mrs L, to do a bit of work, writing research, tourism and a Six Nations Rugby match.

So, as a non-drinker, first holiday, first business lunch and first rugby match. All three of those events would ordinarily have involved a fair amount of drinking, probably too much, actually. I’ll cope, I’m sure.

Support

One Year No Beer (OYNB) send me an e-mail each day, linking to a short video. They also maintain a library of extensive resources on their website. I find the Slack workspace the most useful. Here, are several channels, where “The Tribe” (I know…) help and support each other. One channel is called blogs and reading.

Reading List

This Naked Mind by Annie Grace.
The Sober Survival Guide by Simon Chapple
The Easy Way to control alcohol by Allen Carr
Blackout by Sarah Hepola
The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober by Catherine Gray

I’ve read three and a half of these so far.

I know at least two fellow tribe-members, (look, it’s what we call each other, don’t mock) who are writing their own quit lit accounts. I write a separate OYNB journal, as do many. It’s easy to see why there is so much “quit lit” out there.

Content

The books come from a variety of starting points. Some are self help manuals, some science-based, some pseudo-science based and most are a blend, incorporating personal experience.

Purpose

Alcohol is embedded in our culture. Particularly for my generation. Children of the 90s seem less bewitched by the idea of getting hammered. I take comfort reading that people can, and do find life more rewarding with no alcohol. Confirmation bias aside, it’s reassuring that social events don’t suddenly become impossible to cope with, that holidays are still fun.

Will I write one?

Perhaps. Writing my journal, I recall drunken exploits that apart from illustrating an unhealthy relationship with alcohol, are pretty damned funny.

For the moment, I will focus on keeping the streak going, and perhaps drafting out some of those anecdotes…where’s the harm?

Members 59. Rome – the Eternal City

It’s no secret that much of Sean 1 is set in Budapest.

Nor will anybody be surprised that Sean works in a field where I happen to have spent my first career.

That first career involved living and working in many places. One of them being Rome. A city which I will be visiting in a few days.

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Members 58. A dry month

As I type, I am on day 38 dry, and day 36 of my One Year No Beer challenge. To date, I have been alcohol-free every day. A dry month, complete.

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Members 57. Finding the Why

Why would he do that? More to the point, why would she? I knew, the characters are my creations after all. The reader, however would have to guess.

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Members 56. One Year No Beer

As I write, I’m beginning day week four, day 22 of the challenge. Just 344 to go, if you’re counting. In case you are wondering, beer is the catch-all for alcohol. No booze for a year.

Why?

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Members 55. Writing School

This year, in Members, I am going to write alternate weeks on Writing and Lifestyle. The first series of lifestyle posts will focus on my decision to stop drinking alcohol.

I titled the writing series “My novel and I – a battle to the death.” A shade melodramatic, but indicative of how I’m feeling about Sean.

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Members 54. Epiphany! Epiphany! They’ve all got it…

Wow! Alcohol holds a powerful place in our society. Told that I am not going to drink alcohol for a year, people react in a variety of ways. Some are flat out incredulous. Others nod sadly, (which is disconcerting). One or two respond positively, but these are a minority.

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Members 53. Cheers!

Sober, I want to be moderate. Moderate, I fancy another drink. Or two. At that point, I’m either having such a good time that another drink is in order, or I’m bored; perhaps another drink will help?

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Members 52. The Election

The Election is done. My prediction was spot on, Politicians won.

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Members 51. Discourse

These days, I’m mostly furious. At Politics, at Apple and Twitter, and much of the world.

An example:

“Twitter is a great place to come if you like being called thick by people who put two spaces before a comma, think an ellipsis has seven dots, and who believe the reason they have a crap job is because of immigration.”

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