A personal update

So it has been three months since I moved to Finland and unlike the England football team and the … well… apparently all of the UK, there is no sign of me leaving Europe.  Still here and pretty pleased about it.  But I digress.


At the end of last week, I handed my notice in at work.  I’m not going back to Imperial at the end of my career break… and indeed, the career break just changed its nature.  I will be staying here in Finland for the foreseeable future, and that is both exciting and scary. I have no job to go to, so will be supplementing my savings with being what Clare at (ex-)work calls “Dole Scum”.  Still, I’ve booked myself a language course starting in September, so I’m bound to be back in a classroom training people in no time.  Erm…

I’ve hit a bit of a lull in my writing, the first draft of my novel is out with alpha readers at the moment, and I’m waiting on their feedback *cough cough* before I proceed with the next draft of that.  In the meantime, I am working on a short story which I might pitch to R B Wood’s Word Count Podcast, and I have the concept of a sci-fi swashbuckling novella rattling around in my brain that may need to find a page soon.  Oh and I’ve had my first rejection letter… makes me feel like a proper writer and everything.  It was actually rather complimentary and encouraging, which was nice.

My parents came to visit for a week, and it was really good to see them.  We visited some lakes, went for lunch back at the wedding venue, introduced them to Marvel Legendary, it was a pleasant week all round.  They tell us our sofa bed is quite comfortable too.

The Finnish version of my D&D campaign Westhaven is already looking towards its fifth session, they’ve all really taken to D&D, though they can be a bit rowdy at times, it’s exhausting!  Having gotten it into their heads that only the first person to loot the bodies would get the treasure, I was treated to five Finns and a French shouting “Loot! Loot! Loot! Loot! Loot!” at me.  Reminded me of the seagulls in Finding Nemo. 

As for domestic life, it remains idyllic.  Mari and I have found our routines now, more or less, and we’ve settled into a comfortable togetherness.  We’re both looking forward to her holiday coming up at the end of next week, she’s off for three weeks in a row, so I’m sure there will be plenty of time to drive each other crazy, lol.   We will be coming to the UK for some of that, conducting a lightning tour of London and Leeds, will be trying to get a bit of a break, visit with people, and eat Nando’s.

And at the end of the month it will be our first wedding anniversary.  What a brilliant year.