By Sophie Lee - 13th June 2011
by Sophie Lee: A funny thing seems to be happening as my children grow older. Instead of becoming more productive, as I’d expected, I’ve established a pattern of getting less done than ever. I sometimes feel as though I myself have fallen down a well and am in need of a potion to restore order to the surrounding chaos. In 2006 I was handed an amazing opportunity. When I say ‘handed’ I mean, I’d fought for it to happen, but it felt like a gift nevertheless. I landed my first ever book deal, that is to say, an offer to expand a short story into a full-length novel.
What follows is a lesson on adhering to the warnings found in the small print of your travel documents. We had a family holiday to Bali booked a year in advance, you see, and it was our dangling carrot, guiding us through end-of-year malaise, the mishmash of bubbling mince on the stove top, the rush to beat the traffic for music lessons, the tedium of swim squad and the daily ironing of uniforms. Ever get to that point of the school term where you feel as though you’re limping towards a finish line?
By Sophie Lee - 18th August 2010
By Sophie Lee: When parents discuss the relative horrors of long haul flights on which their young children accompany them, I can only murmur sympathetically. You see, my in-laws, bless ‘em, live on the other side of the world, which entails an annual commitment to twenty-four hours (or, as I prefer to think of it, 1440 very long minutes) of claustrophobic hell at high altitude, and there’s no amount of hot nuts that can make those minutes go by any faster
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