Friday, July 20, 2012

whoo-hoo - and the end of an era

Current work: Medical (aka M&B #54)
Listening to: Def Leppard
Reading: Jodi Thomas, Welcome to Harmony (enjoying - really like the relationship dynamics in this one)

First, the woo-hoo – had an email from lovely, lovely ed yesterday saying that she’d accepted #53, now known as ‘The Brooding Doctor’s Redemption’, and out in the US and UK in February 2013.

Even more of a woo-hoo – it’s been a very long time since I only had one set of revisions. So I’m utterly thrilled. (And there was an emergency trip to Sainsbury’s last night for a bottle of Chablis – that’s how I celebrate book sales with DH, and I never, ever keep Chablis in the house because it’s tempting fate. I learned a very, very hard lesson two years ago about assuming that just because I have a contract the book will be accepted. I never take anything for granted now.)

And I’m really looking forward to going into town with my daughter tomorrow and choosing the Pandora bead for the book. (That’s my personal celebration. Also happens to be good doubt-bashing material - tip for new authors, celebrate your successes with something visual. Then, on bad days, you have a reminder that you've done it once so you can do it again.)

End of an era? It’s littlest’s last day at junior school today, which means a totally new routine in September. I’m looking forward to the future, but she’s had such a good time at that school (and done well there) and it’s sad to say goodbye after 7 years of involvement with the school. But I do wish all the teachers the very best for the future, and thank them for helping shape both my children into rounded individuals. It’s not just about the academic achievement, whatever Ofsted might like to think. I'd rather my children also had the chance to learn a few life skills.

Have a nice weekend, all :o)


Nell Dixon said...

Yay on the acceptance! and hugs on littlest leaving school.

Caroline said...

Congrats on the acceptance and the revisions. It's always difficult when things change. But I'm sure DD will embrace secondary school. She is very bright. Happy shopping too. Caroline x

Shirley Wells said...

#53. Wow! Massive congrats. You deserve the treat.

Hugs on littlest's last day at junior school.

Kate Hardy said...

Nell - thanks. They were all sobbing on the way home, even the boys - think they're going to miss school.

Caroline, i think she's going to enjoy it. And the shopping was fun!

Shirley - thank you :)