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Monday, June 29, 2009

Muggy Monday

Boy, it's hot.Well, not so much hot as clammy. Last night we were in for a storm or at the very least a downpour. A couple of power cuts later I accepted my fate, believing it to be a necessary must. At least a good storm would clear the air, right?

Amazingly organised (for me), after the second power loss I turned my laptop off, unplugged the internet and lit a load of candles in the lounge. Bring it on, I was ready. Gray and I settled down with our books, even prepared to read by candlelight.

Two, three, four hours later, nothing. Nada. By now Gray chanced watching a dvd, and as he chose a Bourne film, it coerced me into putting my book away too.

And now today. Still no rain. Still no hint of a storm. But, thankfully no more power cuts.

Chapter 10 is finished and as there's no Chapter 11 ready I'm planning to spend the afternoon in the garden with my book. I'm treating myself to Katie Fforde's Paradise Fields (library book) followed by Margaret McDonagh's The Rebel Surgeon's Proposal.






Hope you have as cool a day as possible, and don't forget the sunscreen even if it doesn't look sunny.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

  • Having a family discussion about bats in the bedroom. Gray & dd think it wouldn't bother them. I (eventually) concede it would be nicer than an arachnid. This topic of conversation was a result of a recent experience that Liz Fenwick had. You can read about it here.
  • Okay, here's a question. Which is it: (British variant) to practICE or practISE? I'm confuddled. Many thanks to Rebecca Woodhead for tweeting such great examples. Rebecca says:
    1. Ice is a slippery thing, whereas ise is not a thing - so remember that practice is a thing and practise is a doing word:
    2. "The only thing Dean didn't like about piano practice was practising his scales." http://www.gcse.com/english...
    3. So the answer would be 'to practise' - I get confused about this one too. I write it down & think 'Americanism - surely'.
Thanks again, Rebecca and Julie Cohen who says:
  1. Practise is the verb, and practice is the noun/adjective. So it's:
  2. to practise the piano
  3. some piano practice
  4. a practice concert
and Judy Astley who says:

  1. Practice is a noun.
  2. Practise is verb.
  3. Same with Licence. You have a driving licence but the pub is licensed.

Thanks so much to all of you for taking the time to leave your comments. It's much appreciated.

  • Should I wait for ch10 to hit my Inbox or get on with the chores...too hot for the latter me thinks, so will practise the virtue of patience ;)

Friday, June 26, 2009

What an end to a week...


First the sad news of the death of Farrah Fawcett - one of the original gorgeous Charlie's Angels.







Followed within hours by the shocking news of the death of Michael Jackson. The loss is still currently reverberating across the world.













Thursday, June 25, 2009

A Wet Time

Gray decided we should have a bit of fun and the weather's hot enough for it.

He was talking about giving our chihuaha's a bath (and shower). It's been a while (at least a year) since we last braved it, but the time and weather is right.

I thought I'd show you the results:



Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I'm still here...

but may not be posting to this Blog for next week or so. Reasons for this are two-fold:

I'm busy finishing the Romance in time for my M&B editor appointment (two weeks Friday).

Healthwise I'm trying to be kind to myself so that I stay well enough for the RNA conference (two weeks Friday).

I'm also trying (and failing) to be chilled about both of these exciting events, but if you listen hard enough you'll be able to hear me: SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

I can't wait to meet a few of my friends for the first time - only then will I know I'm not dreaming. SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

See you again soon!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Summing up the week

All things considered, it's been a great week.

So long as Gray doesn't do anything too silly he's coping with his neck problems - as am I (we're still married!). He still has the odd twinge to warn him that he needs to be careful, but I'm pleased to have been able to use the situation as an example of how to listen to your body. :)

I loved working at the library but I can't help feeling a bit disappointed not to have gone at least once more this week. However, I'm happy that I've managed some quality writing, a few full days of 'normal' stuff that isn't normal for me, and some small achievements.

This morning I made sure I practise what I preach by having a 'duvet' morning (and listening to my body). I was pleasantly surprised when I later managed to finish the first scene of Chapter Eight, followed by a session on the Wii Fit. I fought my disappointment of not having achieved more writing, but healthwise it's not been a bad week at all.

How can I not have had a GREAT week when my Sony Reader turned up! I've been doinge lots of reading (although, as usual I'm behind with the reviews) including Saskia Walker's One Enchanted Night.

I'm currently enjoying a library book, Carole Matthew's It's a Kind of Magic, which is hilarious!

I'm planning on taking things easy tomorrow because I have a big day on Sunday: I'm picking up my ds and his girlfriend and bringing them back for the day. It will be his first visit in months and his girlfriend's first. I'm looking forward to it and hoping I won't be too fatigued.

I'm also hoping I'll be able to work some more on Chapter Eight tomorrow (even if it's in bed). All in all, a busy but good weekend. :)

Hope you have a good one too.

Follow Friday

Follow Friday is something that's done every week on Twitter. I've been trying to get the hang of it for the past two Fridays, and (for my memory) I thought I'd blog my recommendations:

FF: @FiHarperAuthor, @JillMansell, @KatieFforde, @Caroline_S, @trishaashley,

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Unpredictable

Too often plans have to be changed because of the curve balls that life throws at us. These changes are frequently viewed as annoying. However, sometimes unpredictabilty can be a good thing, and yesterday was one such day for me.

Mid-morning I journeyed to my favourite local library with my Personal Assistants Gray and dd (who carried my essential writer's tool-kit of laptop, wip outline, and other necessary equipment like a bottle of water) and I spent over two hours WRITING uninterrupted (imagine that!)! My laptop battery also did me proud because when I'd finished it still had another 15-20 mins left. It's also a lovely surprise to discover that I can actually get into the zone of my wip in a public place, and it's my intention to make it a habit.

My hubby then took my other PA and myself to lunch at a new-to-us venue (conveniently situated across the road to my 'office'), which will make another wonderful base for when I've finished a hard morning's 'work'. Also, there's a very special bench in the courtyard outside my 'office' where I can also treat myself to relaxing with a book when I need a well-earned rest in the sunshine. Perfect.

I didn't expect anything else good to happen on an already brilliant day, but then my FABULOUS PA walked downstairs with a surprise. In her hand was my beautiful Sony Reader!!!! There's a long story about how and where it was found, suffice to say I'm currently the happiest person in this universe!

Today is going to be a very busy non-writerly day, but after the fab day I had yesterday, I'm good with that. :)
  1. Early GP appointment
  2. Regular health appointment
  3. Arrive home in time for Asda delivery
  4. I'd love to have energy left to make a start on Chapter 8.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Writing Day?

Thankfully, Gray's neck is recovering albeit slowly. I've banned him from doing anything strenuous (especially the Wii tennis) until he's fully recovered.

I managed to do my meagre 10 mins on the Wii Fit and I was pleased to see that I haven't increased in weight since yesterday but neither have I decreased. That's fine with me because I'm aiming for a realistic goal(which makes a change) of losing 3lbs in the next two weeks, so no need for panic yet. Oh, and I'm still eating! My main focus is on improving my balance, which should make loads of difference with the ms-sy stuff too.

I spent yesterday doing everything but write. So today my plans are to make up for it, especially as tomorrow I have a morning full of health appointments.

  1. Finish Chapter Seven
  2. Begin edit & revision of Chapter Eight
Hopefully, it'll be a writing day. Woo-hoo!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Monday Woes

Well, what can I say? This is a different post to the one I thought I'd be writing.

Umm...how can I put this...Gray's a pain in the neck, oops that sounds too normal. What I mean is, Gray has a humungous pain in his neck!

A result of the gardening, moving furniture, and showing off on the Wii Fit, me thinks. His neck has finally given in. So, for the past hour or so I've been playing nursemaid and that's likely to continue for the foreseeable future.

However, Gray, being Gray, doesn't take to injury easily. Will he stay in bed? Nope. So, now that means he's being a pain in my neck except not in the usual way. No, this is much worse.

If anybody has any ideas/tips how we (i.e. me) can survive the day, and force the injured party to let me look after him (properly and not in his way!) I'd be very grateful.

Happy Monday!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Sunshine Saturday?

I didn't hang any washing out yesterday and probably won't today either, so it's bound to stay sunny. :) I hope it does anyway because we're planning to attend a village fete this afternoon and I don't want to go in wellies.

I finished polishing Chapter One yesterday and I'm just waiting on Gray to proof it for me. Yay!

I also finally made it to the mobile library yesterday. Gray went ahead of me because I couldn't find my library card and I needed to renew the book I'm still reading from their last visit (Louise Allen's Historical, The Society Catch). It's the first Regency I've read in ages and I'm enjoying it. I was running so behind (with Gray's words in my ears reminding me that I've also lost my Reader - like I don't feel bad enough!) that I eventually gave up looking for the card and somehow managed a brisk walk to catch the van in time. Luckily ours is a quiet village so hopefully nobody saw the mad woman dashing down the road with a stick! Although mad wasn't the word for it when I climbed the steps to discover that Gray had already renewed my book WITH MY LIBRARY CARD that he'd had ALL ALONG! Thankfully, after calming down (from the power walk I'd had, not from my annoyance with Gray), I discovered another two books that I've been wanting to read: Carole Matthews It's A Kind of Magic and Katie Fforde's Paradise Fields.

Gray apologised and made his peace by shifting the rest of the lounge around (in the hope that my Reader comes to light in the process, although I'm now wondering whether its disappearance could be connected with Gray somehow - perhaps he moved it and forgot where he put it...?). The lounge is now looking fab and so much bigger, but the sad news is that there's still no sign of the Reader.

Today's To-Do List includes:

  1. *Final* read-through of synopsis and first chapter.
  2. Email #1 to RNA for fwd to M&B Editor.
  3. Continue writing/editing chapter seven
  4. Arrive in time to village fete
  5. More writing if we're back early-ish.
  6. My turn to cook dinner.
  7. RELAX, possibly with DVD.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Synopsis finished!

I'm thrilled to bits that I finished the dreaded synopsis yesterday. I usually prefer to avoid it until the book's finished, but needs must and all that. It wasn't as difficult as I'd anticipated - probably helps that I'm 3/4 of the way through the book and I more or less know where it's going. In fact, writing the synopsis has given me the excitement back for the story and I'm LOVING it again. :)

My hopes for today are:

(Edited to add: Mustn't forget to visit mobile library and renew book at 10.30.)
  1. Complete the edit/polish of Chapter One
  2. Remove corner cabinet and continue to make extra room in the lounge.
Pleased with what we achieved yesterday. Made a start on loads of decluttering and already the cottage feels more airy. Major downside of yesterday was still not finding my missing Reader. Still trying to remain hopeful that when we move some other things around today we'll find it. *Edited to add: Nope, no sign of Reader. :(

Trying to get the hang of Follow Friday's. Here's mine:
#FF: @bookslimited @1033fmlgr @saskiawalker @TrishWylie *

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Busy Thursday

I really enjoyed 'Terminator Salvation' yesterday and I can't wait to read/post Gray's review *nudging Gray*. As always I loved Christian Bale and also discovered a new hero for future use: Sam Worthington. So, it was an afternoon well spent - I call it research. [vbg]

I'm still in the process of polishing the synopsis and chapter one, but I've calmed down a bit and decided not to rush it. I should be ready to send it off by the weekend at the latest.

My plans for today are:

  1. Phone and cancel health appointment for this afternoon.
It's one of those things that is just going through the motions and I don't want to waste a second more than I have to in a hospital waiting room. I've made a general appointment with my Gp for next week, and, imo that's all I need right now. Plus, I like my Gp which makes a huge difference.
2. Continue working on synopsis and chapter one.
I received a new book in the post yesterday (Molly's Millions by Victoria
Connelly) and it's become my carrot for when I've finished the above. It's also going a little way to cheering me up while I'm without the eReader.

3. We're having a change around in our lounge which will involve sorting out the DVD cabinet and moving it to make room for the sofa to go in different place. *Big Job*

I'm keeping everything crossed that my Reader will turn up in the move. I'm still not ready to give up looking for it.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Wednesday's Plans

Hardly slept (again) because disappearance of Reader is driving me insane. But things to do and people to see.

  1. Worm dogs
Rocky (white long-haired Chi) was a good boy and ate tablet hidden in food. Rambo on the other hand (brown short-haired Chi) ate food and left tablet on first attempt - and he's usually the good one who gulps everything down straight away (including fingers!).
2. Read through/edit/polish Chapter One (still ongoing)

3. Health Appointment


4. Read through/edit/polish Synopsis (still ongoing)

5. Cinema to see 'Terminator: Salvation'
(afternoon showing to avoid school kids, fingers crossed) Christian Bale so it's obviously essential research (okay, for next story but one, not current wip)
6. Last read through of Synopsis and Chapter One (not ready)

7. Email above to be forwarded to M&B editor
(not ready)
Note: Feel the fear and do it anyway. *GULP*







Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Was it a dream?

I'm beginning to wonder because my beautiful Sony Reader has vanished.
We've turned our tiny cottage upside down but it still hasn't resurfaced. That'll teach me for putting it down to read a paperback...