Wednesday, March 19, 2008

some excellent news

Current work: Med duo 2/nonfiction/articles
Listening to: Karine Polwart, Scribbled In Chalk and Faultlines (really enjoying both, but at the moment the first two tracks of ‘Scribbled in Chalk’ are winning as they’re just superb)
Reading: next on TBR is probably my mate Milly Johnson's new one, 'The Birds and the Bees'

Good day yesterday. Guitar lesson in the morning; played atrociously as hadn’t had time to pick up guitar for weeks. Haven’t had a piano lesson this year, either. My current aim is to get my life back into balance for the end of April. As for the stuff that I can’t fix: I need to appreciate that it’s OK for me not to be able to do everything. Several people have already mentioned this to me; however, as I’m by nature a person who sorts things out for others, it’s a concept I’m having great trouble understanding emotionally (i.e. I know it intellectually, but I don’t feel it).

The ducks and swans round here are having a wonderful time at the moment; the river has burst its banks, as usual, so the fields are currently indistinguishable from the river. When the sun comes out, it’s really pretty. (Am doing a major anti-snow, anti-hail dance here for my cousin’s wedding on Monday.)

Some excellent news: my ed at Breedon likes my new proposal so we’re going ahead with the new book. Just need to check if I can have pics and an index. The kids and I are going to have lots of fun exploring this summer, though when I’ve done my location list I’ll run it by DH to see if there are any he wants to do with us. Will thoroughly enjoy the research on this one; best of all, it will keep me sane for the next few months because I can just escape into it when things go sticky (sadly, I do mean when rather than if – this is realism rather than pessimism. It’s a matter of finding a coping mechanism for the difficult days. I’m just very glad I have a wonderful, understanding husband).

Oh, and today’s link: Karine Polwart’s MySpace page – on the music section, scroll down to ‘Hole in the Heart’, select and enjoy. It’s gorgeous and might just end up being the song for the current book.

5 comments:

Ray-Anne said...

Many thanks for the MySpace link. And best of luck with the plan :-)

Shirley said...

Excellent news, Kate. Well done.

Liz Fielding said...

Hurray to the new book, Kate. And I know how tough it must be not to be able to make things right for everyone. Hugs on that.

Melissa Marsh said...

I'm so glad your editor likes the book proposal. Yay!

Kate Hardy said...

Ray-Anne - glad you enjoyed it. I think I'm going to need a lot of luck with that plan...

Shirley - thanks.

Liz - thanks. It's tough.

Melissa - thanks.