Monday, November 22, 2010


Current work: revisions on Capri medical
Listening to: Dire Straits
Reading: The Tenderness of Wolves, Stef Penney (finished and enjoyed though I would’ve liked a different ending); Simon Baron-Cohen, The Essential Difference: Men, Women and the Extreme Male Brain (fascinating and would recommend to anyone with an Aspie in their life); Nicola Cornick, Confessions of a Duchess (Nicola NEVER disappoints – enjoying this hugely).

The picture below is the framed portrait of my daughter from Montmartre. Norwich Frame Workshop did a fantastic job (they always do, which is why I always go back to them – Lee’s utterly lovely and has a great eye for just the right frame and mount).

Other than that, the revisions are in (fairly big, but doable – very pleased that my ed has given me bullet points and headings, because that works SO well for me), so that’s what I’ll be working on this week. My ed also has big reservations about my next book (not the one I delivered last week – the one I’ll be starting next), but when I suggested it I did think I might be pushing it. Mainly as there’s a secondary character that had the potential to take over the entire book, and she knows me well enough to think ‘do NOT let her loose on that one’. (Remember the reindeer? This is definitely a reindeer-like situation.) So I’ve given her an alternative, which is rather blooming in my head at the moment (thank you, lovely Heidi Rice, for the initial lightbulb); and I have plans to do something with my not-a-reindeer.

I’ve also tidied my office (almost – only thing to be done now is my chair, and I need to get Christmas wrapping paper before I can do that).

And – well, there is some sticky stuff. Dad’s very poorly at the moment. It’s a matter of taking things day by day. He was as ill as this back in January, when he had pneumonia, but this time it’s not a specific illness or virus. The GP says ‘general deterioration’, so we’ll just have to take it day by day.


Caroline said...

Ohhh lovely picture. DH must be thrilled. And good luck with the revisions! Caroline x

carolwarham said...

Sorry to hear about your dad. Thoughts are with you.

Nell Dixon said...

Beautiful pic, so sorry to hear about your Dad.

Shirley Wells said...

What a lovely picture. Really gorgeous!

The Tenderness of Wolves was one of my favourite books of the year but, yes, I would have liked a different ending too.

So sorry to hear about your dad. Sending warm thoughts your way.

Jan Jones said...

(((((((hugs))))))) hon. Keep strong.

GORGEOUS portrait. Utterly lovely.

Caroline said...

Sorry. Forgot to say hugs to you and your dad. Hope he recovers soon. Caroline x

Jane Holland said...

Thinking of you.


Kate Hardy said...

Thanks, all. He's still much the same today. Definitely a 'wait and see' kind of week.