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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Writers' Wednesday

~ Fiona Harper  ~ {@FiHarperAuthor}
"I write fresh, flirty, heartwarming romances for Harlequin Mills & Boon's Romance line"
Web: http://www.fionaharper.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/FiHarperAuthor

~ Trisha Ashley ~ {@trishaashley} 
"Author of novels including Every Woman for Herself and A Winter's tale"

~ Liz Fielding ~  {@lizfielding}
"Award winning romance author"
Twitter: http://twitter.com/lizfielding

~ Trish Wylie ~  {@TrishWylie}
Irish Author
Web: http://www.trishwylie.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/TrishWylie

~ Saskia Walker ~ {@saskiawalker}
"I'm a British author of erotic fiction, published by Harlequin Spice, Red Sage, Total-E-Bound, Berkley Heat, and more. Read excerpts at www.saskiawalker.co.uk"

~ Bernardine Kennedy ~  {@BerniKennedy}
"Novelist (7 books published by Headline, 8 & 9 under construction), freelance writer, frequent traveller and occasional blogger"
Web: http://www.bernardinekennedy.blogspot...
Twitter: http://twitter.com/BerniKennedy

~ Donna Alward ~  {@DonnaAlward}
"Harlequin Romance Author of Emotional, Feel-Good Romance"
Web: http://www.donnaalward.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/DonnaAlward

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Today's a 'be careful what I do' day

Yep, changes are afoot (again!) today really is a 'be careful what I do' day - and not just to tie in with it being a 'be careful what I eat day' either!

Thankfully, my day isn't (yet) evolving into one of my 'duvet' days - my goodness it's been an age since I've given in to one of those - but if I don't take precautions it could well morph into a series of them.

When you lose someone you never really know how you're going to be. All I know is that I've become more determined that the MS isn't going to finish me off - not for a very long while, anyway, and I'm not ever going to stop battling it.

Trouble with me is that I'm always desperate to 'out do' the MS. Lately I've started almost pretending that I don't have anything wrong with me. The good news is that I'm at least recognising what's happening. Yes, I can run from the MS (metaphorically speaking of course) [big grin] but I can't hide from it - it'll catch-up with me in the end.

So, in an effort to take the reins back and stop myself from ignorantly galloping off, I've given myself permission to have a 'be careful what I do day' - and, as often as I need to.

I hope I don't bore you too much - apologies in advance if this blog suddenly goes off on a tangent. Blogging is something else that's evolving for me. I find it very cathartic to talk on here. It's like talking to myself but in a way that (hopefully) won't have the men in white coats coming to cart me off [hehe].

Here's wishing we all have a good day. :-)

Monday, March 29, 2010

Woohoo! :D

I'm writing this post from my 'office' AFTER working on my writing! I'm thrilled to bits :D.

So far today I have:
  • Surfaced from my bed - which believe me, on a day like today, wasn't easy. Thanks and hugs to my hubby who lured me downstairs with the promise of choccy biccies and a sweet, hot cup of tea [today is an 'eat what you like' day]. How could I resist!
  • I briefly visited Facebook [referred to as Fb from hereonin] and twitter while drinking my tea WITHOUT checking either my cafe, or farm. How impressive is that?!
  • I read this which is an article telling how there's been a BOOM for M&B ebooks - and how M&B is now capturing a younger audience. All great news for M&B, their authors and readers. :D
  • I discovered Bernardine Kennedy's new website which is BRILLIANT! You can check it out here.
  • I did a few domestic chores determined to rebel when hubby reminded me that I could go back to bed for a nap.
  • I then snuck into the office armed with my laptop when Graham wasn't looking and began to reacquaint myself with my RNA's NWS report. When he tried to join me at his desk I shooed him away to 'work' in the lounge to be on hand for when a delivery arrives. This took some real discipline because we love being around each other - trouble is, I know we'd do nothing but chatter and little would get accomplished! It's early days for both of us trying to return to a normal 'working' day.
So, here I am, still at my desk and writing this blog post. I'm not feeling quite so fatigued as I was earlier, but that may change by the time I return downstairs.

Hope everybody else has had a good start to the week.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Follow Friday


~ Trisha Ashley ~ {@trishaashley} 
"Author of novels including Every Woman for Herself and A Winter's tale"

~ Jacqueline Grimes ~ {@hopeful author}
"writer,wife mum, woman!"

~ Fiona Harper  ~ {@FiHarperAuthor}
"I write fresh, flirty, heartwarming romances for Harlequin Mills & Boon's Romance line"

~ Saskia Walker ~ {@saskiawalker}
"I'm a British author of erotic fiction, published by Harlequin Spice, Red Sage, Total-E-Bound, Berkley Heat, and more. Read excerpts at www.saskiawalker.co.uk"

~ Liz Fielding ~  {@lizfielding}
"Award winning romance author"

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Working Wednesday?

Another day of surprises for me. No you weren't hearing things I did actually mention the word 'working' in the title of this post. Perhaps, you've even snuck a look at the word counter? Sorry to disappoint guys, there's no change there - yet. But, I have been busy:
  • I snuck into our spare bedroom earlier today [read: Office] and found myself tidying around my desk - wait for it- In Preparation for Returning to Work!!! 
Wow, I hadn't even known I'd been thinking of returning to working on my w-i-p at my desk (as opposed to my lapdesk on the sofa). Gone is the pile of untouched 'work' [read: NWS report with suggested revisions along with print out of book] that sat next to me, neglected, on the sofa. I now have room for my laptop to sit on my desk with the intention of working on Kate & Matt's story in the 'office'. Ooh, perhaps I'll even start feeling like a 'real' writer again!!!
  • This afternoon I have a GP appointment. To be honest this is going to be a particularly hard one for me to attend because
  1. I discovered my own doctor has left for maternity leave. 
  2. While I'm thrilled for her at the imminent arrival of her second baby, I am, in truth, feeling peeved that she's not going to be there for me today when I NEED HER! [small grin]
  3. The doctor I'm seeing used to my m-i-l's old doctor and I'm not sure that he'll be aware that she's recently died...
  • Today has been bright and dry and I've managed to hang out some washing for the first time this year. Yayy!
Hope everybody's having a productive day.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Tuesday busy-ness

Well, my daughter is now safely back in her bijou apartment. I can't wait for a time when we can finally make it up to visit and share the gorgeous surroundings with her.

I failed Kate & Matt again yesterday in that I still haven't caught up with them. The main thing I'm aware of is that I want to give their story my best, and perhaps I'm expecting too much of myself too soon.

I'm back to my regular weekly appointment from today, and this morning will be taken up with taking a shower (I won't be wasting water *all* that time [big grin] but given the difficulties provided by the MS - with all the rests in between - I'm allowing myself plenty of time.

I also plan to do my share of the driving and [lowers voice to a whisper] if I can pull it off I intend to stop off and pick up a few goodies on the way home - especially given that today is a feasting day. Just don't mention it to Graham because he'll no doubt take preventative measures...

Monday, March 22, 2010

Monday, Monday

I'm easing myself in gently this week. Graham isn't well (a similar virus to the one he had in the New Year), but to be honest, I'm not surprised. Grief does that, I guess. I'm thankful for my faith which is helping me and Graham loads, and in turn his dad. The loss will remain painful for a long time to come, hitting in sudden waves that arrive from nowhere, but it's also accompanied by peace too. Peace in the fact that 'it is what it is' and knowledge that Gray's mum lives on in a world where there is no more pain and suffering.

Isn't it weird how you can begin a blog post with a plan of sorts, and then find yourself talking about something different, something that you didn't think you were strong enough to talk about? I'm not intending to say too much about the events of this year but by the same token I don't want to pretend that nothing's changed, because it has. Heaps.

Well, to get back to my original intention for this post:
  • My daughter's going home today. I've had 10 lovely days of her company, but with one thing and another [read: impending road closure, prospective train strikes and increasing university workload/deadlines] we all decided that it was the best way to avoid unnecessary stress. So, my first task for the week is to take my daughter to the station.
  • I'm going to endeavour to at least read up to where I left off with my rewrites/edits of Kate & Matt's story.
And, for today, that'll be me done. Ooh, before I go I must remind myself that for me at least, today is back to a 'being careful what you eat day'...

Friday, March 19, 2010

A Heads-Up

Firstly, I'd like to thank everybody for their condolences and support during the past weeks - each and every message has been very much appreciated.

I'm going to endeavour to slip back into regular writing, blogging and tweeting soon. The difficult part will be finding the discipline required to write before escaping to the virtual worlds of FarmVille, Cafe World & Runescape!

My daughter is home from university for another week - which is another reason why returning to my normal-to-me 'working' routine won't fully happen straight away...then of course, it'll be Easter... Uh oh, all the excuses are already creeping up on me as to why I needn't put butt to seat & fingers to keyboard just yet.

But hasn't real-life always been the reason for preventing all of us from getting on with our writing? I'm happy that I'm recognising it for what it is - an excuse - because it fires up my determination to ignore it and knuckle down to the work(s)-in-progress.

  • Yes, I *will* be ready to submit Kate & Matt's story  in plenty of time for the NWS deadline.
  •  Yes, I *will* continue to work with Graham on his historical.
  • Yes, I *will* at least consider resuming my degree studies with the Open University in October but I'm going to be realistic and wait before I decide.

Oh, and by the way, has anyone else noticed that spring may have finally arrived?


Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Bad News

I'll keep it short. 
My mother-in-law passed away early this morning. 
Posts will resume at a later date.

Monday, March 01, 2010

The Sun Has Got Its Hat On...

Hip Hip Hip HOORAY!!!!

Dare I say it, fingers crossed, that it might be here to stay?! 

Plans for today include:

  • Writing: Get back into the zone [again].
  • General: Few domestic chores including dragging the Dyson out from its hiding place.
  • Treat: Meet up with friends [online game].
  • Bonus: All being well, cook dinner.
Wishing you all a great start to the week!