Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot...




















Aims for 2009-
Bichok more. Dedication all the way.
Out with low self esteem. In with persistence and determination.
Just get the books finished.
Savour life and just 'go for it'.

Happy New Year!
All the best to you and yours.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Reasons To Be Thankful

2009 will soon be upon us and 2008 is almost complete.

I'm particularly excited about this year. 2009 brings some lovely things...

Being mentored by the wonderful Michelle Styles! I'm still pinching myself and as much as pressure sometimes scares me I am determined to make the most of this gold dust opportunity. It's honestly like a writing lottery win and even if I never achieve the dream, this chance to learn is wonderful in itself.
Watching my mini dd turn into a bustling, chortling toddler. I really thought I'd hanker for the baby days but the older she gets the more I just love each development. Even the 'new' tantrums have a funny upside. She's a poppet and I just feel so lucky to have her in my life.
Great pals---this year I've shared good times with some great pals who I'm determined to have as 'keepers' (no matter how far across the globe they may soon stray!) My friends have made 2008 great, helpful, supportive and worthy of hugs. They even make turning 40 in 2009 much more bearable.
Opportunities for my dh to broaden his job---he so deserves the breaks. Hard working, patient, good humoured, never gets crinkled around the edges even when the kids are bed-hopping and he's offered to do the ironing while I write. What a guy!

And grateful for 2008's learning curve:
Getting some balance with our eldest---we've all had some tricky nettles to grasp in first year of school, but the good news is that we now have some equilibrium and a much happier little girl who I love so very dearly.

2009 Wish List -
To attend the RNA Conference in Penrith. Fingers crossed. I can dream can't I?
To sub to Mills and Boon again and maybe even to get to grips with something totally new.

Wishing you hearty happiness and good times in 2009.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas Goodies

Did you have a good Christmas? Hope you had a wonderful one.

I got some particularly apt gifts this year (hmmnnn, some a bit worrying though):
Perfume - Inspiration by Lacoste - now if only you could buy bottled writing inspiration too ggg!
A kitchen clock in the shape of a large vase of flowers. Sometimes I do feel my days are driven by the kitchen clock, so this at least will make looking at it a lot nicer! Even if my days still speed by. Very pretty!
A book called The Secret Life of A Slummy Mummy - my husband gave me this. It's a very funny book, highly recommended. But what does it say about what my dear beloved really thinks of me!?!?! "It looked like your kind of book," he said by way of explanation. There's a pic of a woman glugging wine straight from the fridge on the cover. Herumph!!

That'll be the Christmas cheer over with then.

jx

Monday, December 22, 2008

Tidings of Comfort & Joy

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year when it comes.



Right now I'm immersed in tackling re-writing of a book, reading a very addictive splendid one too (Julie Cohen's Honey Trap). And the kidlets are getting more and more excited about Christmas by the day. Today dd1 goes to Christmas Camp to do lots of crafts and games...whilst youngest and I wrestle with a queue for turkeys in Marks and Spencers.



Thanks for dropping by this year and---I'll see you in the next!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Stop The Fat Lady Singing!


WELL...
What do you know? Just when I was proclaiming myself an LBD wannabe writer, pushing aside my Harlequin Mills and Boon dreams with a trembling lip. Something wonderful happened today.
I'VE WON A COMPETITION.
For critique and mentoring by the wonderful Mills and Boon Historical author - Michelle Styles who I am so very in awe of I'm having to pinch myself. I was the lucky name from the hat (makes me quite glad I've always missed out on all luck-related things---until now!)
To quote the Pointer Sisters. I'm so excited.
And it feels like I'm being thrown another chance to get on the Mills and Boon pony and try, try, try yet again! Yippeee.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Phew!


Non stop around here.

Here's the deets:
Presents purchased (though not wrapped yet, can I even remember where half of them are hidden?)
M&S food order in.
Christmas cards finally written.
Xmas decorations finally emerged from storage in garage.
Xmas parties a go-go for social butterfly daughter with taxi driving mum in tow.
Concert and party week goes full turbo gear next week.
Toddler 'paint a bauble' Xmas party next week also (search out oldest clothes!!)
Toddler into everything - especially proclaiming 'WOW' loudly at every fairylight she sees.
The hunt is on for both daughters to spot their favouritest Xmas garden display. It's hotting up. The more light reindeer the higher the point score.
Constantly trying to supervise baby dismantling Xmas tree. A never ending job.
Constantly trying to stop 'that handbag is mine' fights between daughters who've only now started the territory wars, arrrrrrgh!

Things still to fit in:
Read as many Xmasy romances as possible (large precarious pile by bed)
Watch as many indulgent rom/costume drama movies as possible.
Fit in the entire series of Little Dorrit (awaiting watch in movie pile)
Wrap presents
Buy more chocolate
Deliver presents.
Major food shop in hideously crowded store (don't even mention that one)
And that's just the start. Need I go on....

So no writing being done around here. Whatsoever.
But that's okay.
2009 brings a new direction. I hereby admit, I'm going to have a new phase in the new year---trying my luck writing a LITTLE BLACK DRESS book. Hurray! Exciting innit.

jx

PS I INTERUPT THIS POST TO NOTE THAT ELDEST DAUGHTER HAS JUST WALKED INTO THE ROOM HAVING PAINTED LARGE RED INDELIBLE INK 'MOUSE WHISKERS' ON HER FACE USING HER DECORATE A PLATE PENS. Nice work. Where's the carbollic soap?

Friday, December 05, 2008

Itchy Fingers

Early in 2009 I will be celebrating a 'significant' birthday. Sigh.

My lovely hubbie has bought me my pressie early - because the bad thing about an early Jan birthday is that the shops are always full of 'sales tat' when I go to spend birthday dosh.

Value for money is all well and good, but crap choices from returned Xmas stock isn't quite as exciting as pre-Christmas spangles.

So colour me happy. I have a lovely new laptop (upstairs in its box, tucked away from view). I like it very very much. Can't wait to write on it. It gives me a lovely warm glow just thinking about it with anticipation. My hubbie is a gem cos I always promised I would not buy a laptop til I sold a book. But I figure having your beloved buy it is just as zazzy.

Joy, joy, joy! Almost worth celebrating a mature birthday for. Almost.