Members 64. Updates

It’s time to talk about almost anything else, I think.

So – a variety of updates this week:

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Members 63. WTFJH?

I’m not, by nature, alarmist. However, Italy is on its knees, with Spain not much taller. France, Germany and others are closing their borders. Are they closing their wallets too? The southern economies were teetering anyway, and all rely on tourism. As Easter approaches, it seems there will be no season in 2020.

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Members 62. New iPad

Well. I did get the new iPad.

However, before it was delivered, my world flipped upside down. When I wrote last week, Mags was really suffering. Last Tuesday, she took to her bed and has not left it since. She is now in another bed – having been through multiple transfers, managed entirely by medical professionals.

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Members 61. Back on the Corona

This is a holiday weekend in Cyprus, Monday being “Green Monday / Clean Monday”, the beginning of lent. Therefore, next physio is scheduled for Tuesday. At that point we will need to make a call on our planned London trip, which is scheduled to begin on Thursday. As things stand, (I’m writing this on Sunday) there’s no way Mags can travel.

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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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