Friday, November 06, 2009


Current work: Modern Heat (beginning of French duo, book 2)
Listening to: Def Leppard (X – love this album)
Reading: next on TBR

Thanks to everyone who commented yesterday or sent me a private message about my difficult week. The bullying was serious enough for the headmaster to be involved, but school has been brilliant and acted swiftly. I had a long conversation yesterday with the head of year and hopefully things will be easier for son now.

Dad is still not well, and the nature of his illness means that he never quite pulls back from these blips: we lose a little more of him each time. Sadly, it’s just not fixable. All I can do is be as supportive as possible.

The other thing that’s affecting my mood this week is the fact that my mum would’ve been 64, this Sunday. It’s not regrets for things done, but for things we didn’t have time to do. I’ll feel better when I’ve put new silk flowers on her grave, to keep it nice and colourful over the winter, and fresh freesias (her favourite flowers). But in the meantime I’m not particularly good company.

As for the diet disaster – I’m going back to phase 1 for the rest of the week, to help me break the cravings cycle again. That means no coffee, even decaf, because I’m a comfort eater and will hit the chocolate or biscuits to go with said coffee. I don’t, however, do that with peppermint tea, so I’m going to keep myself on the straight and narrow with that.

Went to the post office yesterday with lots of parcels, including the new book, so I’m really supposed to be tidying my desk today. It’s possibly my most-loathed chore, so I’m putting it off for a day or two. Instead, I’m starting the new book, as the heroine is talking to me and I’d like to capitalise on that.

Have a nice weekend. And hopefully I will be back to being Pollyanna on Monday. (I might even feel like celebrating the eighth anniversary of being an M&B author – which was actually on daughter’s birthday. Just finished M&B #42 and starting #43. Not bad in eight years…)


Caroline Storer said...

"Not bad in 8 years" - now that's got to be the understatement of the year Kate. It's awesome - you are a human writing machine me thinks! Hope you have a good weekend. Family at home always help I find... Take care. Caroline x (PLL as well. My friend signs off with this and when I asked her what it means she said "Peace Love and Light" Spike Milligan said it she thinks.

Judy Jarvie said...

Congrats on the 8 years Kate. That is awesome.
And hugs on your hard times. Rooting for you and yours. jx

Donna Alward said...

We all have Jonah days and Jonah weeks, hon. Hang in there and don't be too rough on yourself.

42 in eight years? Good grief!

ninaharrington said...

What Judy and Donna said.
With extra hugs.
You SHOULD be proud of what you have achieved and the pleasure that you have given readers with your work. That IS awesome.

PS> Thanks for the tip re the peppermint tea vs real espresso and choc.. no, that would be bad. You see. I need a good example :-)

Happy writing and Def Leppard. Nina.

Michelle Styles said...

Scary Kate, Scary Kate. 42 books in 8 years equals over 5 books per year plus all the other non fiction.

Hooray for you!!!!

Anonymous said...

Come on, Pollyanna!
'Beginnings, middles, ends'.
Much love,
Gillie B x

Jan Jones said...

Well, I for one am v glad you procrastinated yourself to the PO yesterday because it meant I had a lovely surprise today!

Thanks, hon, and if this book is as heart-warming and feel-good as the other 42 I've got a nice treat in store for the weekend.

So, run along and get going on no 44, please...

Lacey Devlin said...

(((HUGS))) on your difficult week Kate!

Congrats on your eight years and forty-two books! That's incredible and I hope you do feel like celebrating. You deserve it!

susanwilson44 said...

Congrats on your eight years with mills and boon. 42 books? Thought I'd read all your books but I'm going to go back and count,think I've missed a few and it will give me great pleasure to find them because you are a wonderful writer Kate, so keep up the excellent work!

Kate Hardy said...

Caroline - thanks. And what a lovely phrase :o)

Kate Hardy said...

Judy - thanks. Last week was pretty rough.

Kate Hardy said...

Donna - yup, that pretty much describes last week. This one will be better. Thanks, and hugs back atcha.

(42 books in 8 years isn't that scary... it isn't...)

Kate Hardy said...

Nina - thanks, and glad I'm being a good example. (I did have a proper latte on Friday. The caffeine was WONDERFUL. But I have to stop it.)

Kate Hardy said...

Michelle - ah, I knew I'd be living up to that name! Not that scary, really. 5 books = 275,000 words.


Maybe I'll just shut up :o)

Kate Hardy said...

Michelle - ah, I knew I'd be living up to that name! Not that scary, really. 5 books = 275,000 words.


Maybe I'll just shut up :o)

Kate Hardy said...

Gillie - thanks, and hugs xx

Kate Hardy said...

Jan - hope you enjoyed it. (And you deserved it, considering you gave me cat stories!!)

Kate Hardy said...

Lacey - thanks :o)