Thursday, November 05, 2009

Chinese curses

Current work: Modern Heat (final readthrough of book 1)
Listening to: Chopin nocturnes (bleak enough to suit my mood)
Reading: next on TBR

Isn’t there a Chinese curse along the lines of ‘may you live in interesting times’? Well, whoever stuck that one on me, I’d appreciate it if you could lift it for a couple of months, please.

Am pleased to report that the book is done. Doing the final readthrough this morning, then printing it out to post to my agent. Let’s hope it makes it through the picket lines. And that my agent and ed like it. (Yup, am at THAT stage of the book. Happens every time – which is probably a good thing as it stops me from being complacent and cheating my readers.)

The ‘interesting’ stuff? Dad’s having a blip (so might not be up to visitors today) and son is falling foul of the monsters again. (I accept that the ringleaders probably have a horrible life. But they need to learn that being spiteful to other people isn’t the right way to deal with it. And, as most of them are OK on their own, maybe the little groups need to be split up.) Plus news of one (possibly two) redundancies in close family.

Apols for the doom and gloom. I may be in a better mood later. But I crashed my diet badly yesterday (was definitely an ‘in need of chocolate’ day), so I have to break the sugar cravings again and I’m cross with myself for being weak. Guess the remedy is to start the next book… (Or tackle my accounts for this year, or tidy my desk. Urk. Make that start the next book.)


Anonymous said...

Oh hugs. Then more hugs about the post submission crows!

Hope you have a fun bonfire or fireworks event to enjoy this evening after whipping through your to do list at a great speed.

susanwilson44 said...

Hi Kate, everybody has horrible days like these where everything that can go wrong does go wrong. Take a little perspective - you've dealt with the bullies before and can deal with them again, it's not the end of the world about the diet "today is a new day", your dad is having a blip, it will improve and with redundancies come new opportunities and career changes that might otherwise be lost.
As for you, why not use this as inspiration. How about a story starting with a heroine having the day from h***? And the light at the end of the tunnel is someone (our hero) a complete stranger, showing her an ounce of compassion? Sometimes the little things that we do have the biggest impact on our lives?
Go on Kate - you could write a fabulous story!!!

Carol Townend said...

I am so sorry to hear you are living in interesting times - that can be horrible. Here is a Bonfire Day wish for you: May you live in peaceful times...

Anonymous said...


Re: sugar cravings - try oat porridge and/or stewed apples. They're the best slow-release foods I've ever found.


Caroline Storer said...

(((HUGS))) on the bad day(s). Hope things brighten up for you all soon! Take care. Caroline x

Lacey Devlin said...

(HUGS) Interesting times indeed. I've never heard of that curse before lol. I'm with Carol "may you live in peaceful times".

Diane said...

Picket lines removed.

Hugs on everything else. Sometimes these things come at us in a rush and forget to stop.