Two sides of the same coin


This last week has been a tale of two halves, I finished editing my book on Marie Antoinette, uploaded it to go on sale on 1st May and then I started to plan my next writing project. All good.

I realised that I haven’t done a lot of reading lately while I’ve been writing like a ninja and I felt that I had missed the lovely process of reading and being absorbed in another world with characters that you can learn to love or loathe as the pages pass by.


You know what? I set aside the writing and dedicated myself to reading, in the last few days I have happily devoured a book on creative writing – OK, that’s a bit workish, half of a historical biography on Queen Mary, wife of King George V and I tried to read Glenarvon by Lady Caroline Lamb, one time love of Lord Byron the notorious poet.

I say tried because her writing style suggested that her mind was on fire, it was so overwritten that it made simple melodrama look dull! Glenarvon was the novel she wrote about their affair so perhaps there was a lot of emotion to fire from her pen.

I may return to it on a day when I have energy to spare, it’s not a relaxing read. One day, perhaps.

Tomorrow, I start my next writing project, today you’ll find me luxuriating in a book. I love to do both and I often miss one when I do the other exclusively.

It’s true, they’re two sides of the same coin. One can’t thrive without the other.

The London Marathon was held today – big respect and congratulations to anyone who even contemplates running 26 miles – I quickly penned this tanka this morning…

I confess I’m pooped

In my sleep I’ve somehow run 

The great marathon 

Tortured for twenty six miles

Finished first, collapsed in style.



Have a great week.



About Joanne Hayle

I am Joanne Hayle, I love writing. It is the best way to express myself. is my website which links to here. I have O.C.D and P.T.S.D. This site is a testament to the fact that with expert help what can feel like the end of the world, isn't. THANK GOD!! I have books on Amazon, have been included in poetry anthologies and children's books plus a really lovely amount of freelance work. You can also see my children's stories for free on

Posted on April 26, 2015, in Books, ebooks, flash fiction, history, non fiction, poems, Poetry, reading and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Loved this post! Congrats on your book! It happens to me too… I either read a lot and hardly write, or I write a lot and then hardly find time to read!!!!:)

  2. bjsscribbles

    You write brilliantly as though it flows like a gentle river of words. I started organising some of my essays into some sort of format about my life, also my poems. My friend has been eagerly after me to do a book. I hope one day I do. Your achievements in writing are great. Well done on getting it out there.

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