I’ve been looking forward to this weekend for a while.
Through the Annual Bloggers Bash, I’ve made several new friends that have developed to the point where we all communicate daily – a thread on Twitter turned into a continuous conversation that has seen us through the highs and lows of daily lives. We’ve regularly commented that we wished our houses were nearer to each other, but the other week we decided to do something about it and organise a meet-up. As a result, I found myself on a train to London this morning, preparing to navigate my way through the tube for the first time by myself and looking forward to the first girly weekend that I’ve had in a while.
As always, the train was rammed and I was lucky that I ended up sitting next to a nice girl who was on her way home after a trip to Birmingham. There were various conversations going on throughout the carriage – buying a fireguard to protect a grandchild, a child who felt travel sick and, of course, theories about future world catastrophes following the US election. There were lots of big words being thrown around, including ‘isolanistic’ (I’m not even sure if that’s a real word to begin with) and I was regretting not bringing my headphones as wasn’t something I wanted to listen to all the way to London.
It turns out, the National Rail Network had decided to take my mind out of my surroundings… by cancelling all trains to the station where I was supposed to be arriving at to meet the girls.
However, after a frantic search through available routes, a not-so-polite conversation with a rather unhelpful woman at the Help Desk (they really should change the name of that to ‘I’ll Help You If I’m In The Mood Desk), two trains (one which smelled like a mixture of damp and dog poop) and a tube, I made it to a nearby station where I was promptly met by Sacha and mini boy Sacha (ie. Terror Tot). Phew. We were promptly joined by the lovely Helen and Lucy.
What commenced was hours of fun, laughter, play fights with mini boy Sacha, awesome conversation, fabulous food, a 90’s dance playlist and a whole host of notes of things that I have learned from them about writing, just by listening to them talk. With Helen being a published author many times over and Sacha and Lucy currently writing a bazillion books between them, it was genuinely fascinating to learn about their thought processes. I contributed, of course, mainly by eating the Celebrations chocolates on offer and relaxing under a fluffy blanket on what has to be the comfiest couch in the history of comfy couches, where I still remain.
This blogging lark has been life changing in so many ways and these friendships are some of the things I’m most grateful for. The online world can be a difficult place to understand for those who spend little time within it, so it’s amazing to meet people who get what I do and why I do it. Not that my real life friends haven’t been incredibly supportive, but it’s enlightening to chat about the technicalities of posting, stats, process…
I look forward to tomorrow morning, when Lucy (who I will be sharing a room space with overnight) realises that I grind my teeth in my sleep… Lucky girl.
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