What Do I Do When I’m Not Writing? By Morton S. Gray

Every now and then I change my blog theme suggestions for guests appearing on my blog. My new ones sent to blog guests for the first part of 2022 are either:-

  1. Why I write
  2. Where I write
  3. The book that changed my life
  4. My real-life hero or heroine
  5. What I do when I’m not writing

Watch out for posts over the next few months with these themes from author friends!

And every now and then I have a taste of my own medicine and write to my own themes too. So, what do I do when I’m not writing? I’m not going to bore you with housework, lol.

  1. Walking – My husband has been working from home since February 2019 when the pandemic began to hit. We’ve been married for nineteen years, but for most of that time he has worked abroad and so this is the longest continuous period we have spent together in our entire marriage! We made a decision in February 2019 to walk at least 10,000 steps a day and for most of that period we have managed it. My walking stats are telling me that we have walked 45.5 kilometres since the beginning of January. I love walking the lanes around our house. I never get bored and always manage to see something new.
  2. Crocheting – I think I’ve mentioned this before. My nan taught me to crochet when I was about six and I’ve continued with crafts of all sorts ever since thanks to her, but again in the pandemic I returned to crochet. This time I set out to learn a new technique – mosaic crochet, which is as far from a crochet granny square as you can imagine and so addictive. I made a table runner for my black cat owning friend for Christmas and have just finished a lap blanket for my mom.
  3. Family History – This is another of my enduring pastimes. I have been tracing trees, my own and those of others, for many years and even taught the subject at night school at one point. So, you can imagine my delight when the 1921 census was released this week. In the old days of family history researching, I used to go around the country to spend hours studying microfilms and fiche readers, often to find nothing. Such a different experience, being able to sit at my laptop, admittedly paying £3.50 a family to view the census information, but I’ve not had such a fun two hours for ages. I was able to confirm details of my grandparents’ occupations and their employers. Plus, we have a new mystery to solve for my husband’s grandma as we found her miles from home on census night 1921.

Those are the main things you’ll find me doing when I’m not writing and, of course, I haven’t mentioned my latest time absorbing and wonderful activity – I’ve just become a grandma! Amazing how happy you can be just watching a new little being snoring after his feed.

Next week Gina Hollands tells us why she writes …

My novel Sunny Days at the Beach published by Choc Lit is on offer at 99p until the end of January is you want a bargain read. Buying link here.

Thank you for visiting my blog – Morton S. Gray – Author. I hope you enjoyed this post. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Bestseller Sunny Days at the Beach is now available as an eBook, audio and paperback – Amazon KindleApple iBooksKoboNook BooksGoogle Play and at Choc Lit for other options.

Christmas at Borteen Bay is available as both an eBook and audio download – Amazon KindleAudioApple iBooksKobo and Choc Lit for other buying options.

The Truth Lies Buried is available from all eBook platforms – Choc LitAmazon KindleKoboApple iBooks and also as a paperback and audiobook.

The Girl on the Beach published by Choc Lit is available as a paperback and from all eBook platforms –Amazon KindleApple iBooksKobo, Barnes and Noble and Google Play.

By Morton S. Gray

Author of romantic suspense novels. http://mortonsgray.com


  1. Happy New Year! You have such a lot of varied interests and that is reflected in your great writing. It’s good to be an all-rounder. Congratulations on joining the Granny clan.

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  2. Congratulations on the latest addition to your family, Morton. What a fabulous way to spend time! Also, your crocheting is absolutely beautiful. I can only do granny squares, and even that would be a challenge as it’s 25 years plus since I’ve picked up a croquet hook! You might have inspired me to try again!

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  3. Happy New Year!!
    I love this post! Your crocheting is amazing, I started to learn how to crochet during the first lockdown, my creations are very basic, but it is so addictive. I am with you with the family history too, I am very excited about the 1921 census I have to be honest that I haven’t learnt anything new from it (yet). xx

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