It is very hard to get motivated when you are working from home in lockdown. Keeping a routine kind of helps. My daily schedule now involves getting up, having copious cups of strong, black coffee, then getting myself and my toddler washed and dressed – if I stayed in pyjamas all day, this would send a subliminal message to my brain to switch completely off! I then check and respond to work emails while simultaneously trying to entertain a toddler and deal with the builders fixing the back wall of our house, which was overgrown with an invasive species of ivy. We then go out for our daily exercise at the local park and if the weather is especially nice, I will work in the garden while the babe plays up until lunchtime. That leaves my lunch break and late afternoon from 3pm onwards for writing time – if Netflix doesn’t get the better of me first!

Chipping away at untitled work-in-progress sequel to Gods of Avalon Road!

Chipping away at the untitled sequel to my debut novel from Blossom Spring Publishing, Gods of Avalon Road! 

Writing-wise, I have been motivated to chip away at my sequel for Gods of Avalon Road. The much-needed kick up the bum came in the form of recent positive feedback from readers to say that they couldn’t put it down and to ask if there would be more in the series. Just what a despondent-writer-with-lockdown-blues needs to hear!


About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is a novelist and poet. Her debut novel, Gods of Avalon Road was published by Blossom Spring Publishing in October 2019 and her second novel, The Buddha's Bone is forthcoming in October 2021. Leilanie has also published three poetry collections: The Redundancy of Tautology (Cyberwit, 2021); Chemotherapy for the Soul (Fowlpox Press, 2017); A Model Archaeologist (Eyewear Publishing, 2015) and two self-published pamphlets: Toebirds and Woodlice (Meandi Books, 2012); Metamorphosis of Woman (Meandi Books, 2012), satirical novella Zombie Reflux (Meandi Books, 2014) and surreal novelette, Til Death do us Boneapart (Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, 2017). Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in Belfast with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert and their lively literary tot, a voracious reader of educational books. Literary blog: Meandi Books: Bindweed Magazine:

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