Well, this is awkward – Anna Spargo-Ryan

Well, this is awkward

Well, this is awkward

A month ago I posted about how I didn’t want to blog anymore because I was wasting all of my good ideas on you fine people and didn’t I have better things to do?

Maybe I was hasty.

I did a lot of things last year. I changed my hours at Neighbours so that I wasn’t working all around the clock, and instead of spending the time in between relaxing and reading books and watching Meryl Streep movies, I crammed yet more things into it. Do you know what that made me? Tired. In December I got to the end of my production year and I sat on the floor in my study and just went, ‘Shit, something’s gotta give,’ and the most obvious thing was blogging.

But over the holidays, things happened and I didn’t have anywhere to write about them. Not just things in my life, but things in the media and things in the world that I wanted to give a voice to and I didn’t have a place for that. And then I lost touch with the feelings I was having because instead of expressing them as words on a screen, I just said them to myself in the bathroom and we all know what an unsupportive cow I can be.

So I took stock of the other things I am spending my time doing, and looked for the source of the grief I had mistakenly placed on my blog, and found it in a place I had probably known of the whole time but didn’t want to admit.

That means that I have to now very uncomfortably plod my way back into my blog and be like, ‘Hey guys! Oh, you thought I was leaving? haha, idiots!’ Sorry about that.

Also I miss you. C’mere.

Things that have happened in the meantime:

  • Neither Gaz nor I have any extended family in Melbourne, so on Christmas Day when the girls were with their other family, we lifted the mood by going to Maccas for lunch and then taking a drive around Springvale Botanical Cemetery. Gaz looked at the trees and I looked at the people, and it was actually a bit lovely until Rupert tried to jump out of the car and we had that scene from Marley & Me except in a cemetery.
  • I went to yum cha no less than 8 times.
  • I bought a new fan.
  • My car crossed the line from ‘mostly paint’ to ‘mostly bird shit’.
  • I wrote 10,000 words of the book I mentioned, and about 3,000 of them are pretty great.

Hey guys. Sorry about all that stuff about not wanting to hang with you.

  • Rose Wintergreen

    January 6, 2013 at 11:16 am Reply

    YAY!!!!! So lovely to read you again! :) Welcome back!

    • Anna Spargo-Ryan

      January 6, 2013 at 4:29 pm Reply


      You pretty much inspire everything I do.

      • Rose Wintergreen

        January 7, 2013 at 1:29 pm Reply

        You are pretty much too lovely! xxxx

      • Rose Wintergreen

        January 7, 2013 at 1:30 pm Reply

        Oh! And HUGE congrats on your book progress! That’s massive!

        • Anna Spargo-Ryan

          January 7, 2013 at 8:11 pm Reply

          Thank you! It feels pretty good so far, but then most things do after only three chapters.

  • amber

    January 6, 2013 at 11:50 am Reply

    No no this is great news! Didn’t someone famous once say/write (VAGUE REFERENCE THAT MAY NOT EVEN BE TRUE) that it’s a woman’s prerogative to change her mind?

    Actually, I had an idea for a series of guest blogs in February, and I kind of wondered if you’d like to contribute… I’ll e-mail you.

    • Anna Spargo-Ryan

      January 6, 2013 at 4:38 pm Reply

      Oh, please do! Quick, before I change my mind again*!

      * mostly joking

  • Kirsty Rice

    January 6, 2013 at 12:34 pm Reply

    I knew you couldn’t leave us. Glad to have you back, we missed you. xx

  • Carli

    January 6, 2013 at 12:35 pm Reply

    Glad you’re back x

  • Sim Quagley

    January 6, 2013 at 12:54 pm Reply

    *grabs legs* Neverleaveagainneverleaveagainneverleaveagain. Never. Leave. Again. Neverleaveagain.

  • Catherine Rodie Blagg

    January 6, 2013 at 12:59 pm Reply

    Welcome back :-)

  • Jayne

    January 6, 2013 at 1:22 pm Reply

    Dude. Never ever leave again.

    I envy your yum cha. I would like yum cha just once, but Perth yum cha is a pile of pants (which is a very English way of saying rubbish).

    • Anna Spargo-Ryan

      January 6, 2013 at 4:29 pm Reply

      Melbourne actually pretty much rocks it where yum cha is concerned. The obvious solution is to go on a tour of Australian yum cha. I’ll nominate myself.

  • Mrs Woog

    January 6, 2013 at 2:21 pm Reply

    Well isn’t this the most lively surprise ever! SO pleased to see you round these parts again.


    PS You owe me a post x

    • Anna Spargo-Ryan

      January 6, 2013 at 4:28 pm Reply

      I’m pleased to be here! What a weird life that was, without a blog.

      I have actually mostly written a post for you! I need to go and stage some photos though, as I forgot to take any at the time. Thanks for still wanting to have me despite my temporarily homelessness.

  • mumabulous

    January 6, 2013 at 2:22 pm Reply

    Its fine to blog whenever you feel like it. It’s supposed to be fun – or so says Mrs Woog.

    • Anna Spargo-Ryan

      January 6, 2013 at 4:25 pm Reply

      I’m going to try that – a bit of slow blogging, writing when I actually have things to say. In theory. Quality of opinions not guaranteed.

  • bigwords

    January 6, 2013 at 2:34 pm Reply

    I give up at least once a year. I am so glad you are back as you are one of main writing inspirations. I mean that gorgeous x

  • Kelly Exeter

    January 6, 2013 at 4:12 pm Reply

    Well all I can say is YAY!

    And also – I think you have identified that very unique (and i reckon v necessary) place that blogging occupies in every writer’s life :)

    • Anna Spargo-Ryan

      January 6, 2013 at 4:24 pm Reply

      I felt a bit like something was missing. Tweeting my rambling opinions is not quite the same ;) x

  • Megan Blandford

    January 6, 2013 at 8:37 pm Reply

    Not awkward, just good to have you back. x

    PS – I’ve only ever had yum cha once in my entire life. What a weirdo.

    • Anna Spargo-Ryan

      January 7, 2013 at 8:14 pm Reply

      Well, pop that one on the list of things we must do! x

  • Caroline

    January 6, 2013 at 9:44 pm Reply

    this makes me very happy :)

  • Malini Parker

    January 7, 2013 at 12:11 pm Reply

    SO GLAD you’re back! YAY!!!

  • Joh

    January 7, 2013 at 12:46 pm Reply

    I love this post so much. Yay! Especially the bathroom part:).

    • Anna Spargo-Ryan

      January 7, 2013 at 8:15 pm Reply

      haha, thanks Joh! The bathroom is a constant source of disappointment for me.

  • Johanna

    January 7, 2013 at 10:10 pm Reply

    Not quite sure if this Rupert character is a dog or a child (haven’t seen Marley & Me), but if he is of the canine variety – we both have dogs called Rupert!

    Now for something relevant – I’m glad you’re still blogging.

  • Mrs Fringe

    January 10, 2013 at 11:49 am Reply

    I love blogging for the lack of obligation, and of course the fact that it’s all about me. :) Some weeks I blog quite a bit, others not at all.

    • Anna Spargo-Ryan

      January 10, 2013 at 3:14 pm Reply

      Agreed! Evidently I needed to take a step back and remove some pressure.

  • Belle

    January 11, 2013 at 8:15 pm Reply

    Yay! Just catching up. Glad to have you back and go girl on the writing front-great progress. B

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