Friday, February 26, 2010

Movie Made To Smile To

I watched Driving Aphrodite on DVD last week - during my severe bout of internet withdrawal.

It's great. Or perhaps it's just my strange funny bone.

A hero called Poopie that the heroine thinks is a Yeti!

So without further spoilers...in my view it's a recommended gently soothing kick back film. Enjoy!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Sent To Cyber Coventry

Saturday morning my ADSL light was flashing like crazy. My broadband would not connect.

Imagine my chagrin.

No blog reading. No eharlequin fix. No email! Bah bah bah!

But hip hip horray, this afternoon order, and broadband, is restored!

I realise I have a serious internet addiction and cold turkey did not feel good. Thank goodness for Redcurrant Puff biscuits from M&S. They helped see me through.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Crow Exterminator


Thanks Lacey *and Jackie* for the scarecrow advice.
I've been out and bought the outfit. (Oh yeh I wish I looked THAT GOOD). And I'm putting my writing DOUBTFEST behind me. Time to get tuff.
The crofter book is coming out of the dusty suitcase again. Bang Bang Mr Crow!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Tied To The Tracks


So much for feeling contented last week. Just call me Mrs BiPolar.

Right now I'm itchy and high on dread mingled with pure adrenaline. Can't settle. Can't focus. Can't do much. All because I entered a couple of comps and the deadlines are looming. Like big cactus plants in my path waiting to prick my writer's bubble.

"Crazy, chill out Jude," I hear you cry. And I know you are right. But I can't chill. If I could dagnamit I would.

I've been trying to work out why I'm so uptight about it all and I've come to the conclusion it's raised stakes. More counts now than ever. I've been at this so long I'm feeling like I'm failing MYSELF. And that's a tricky situation to be in. When I started writing it was all for the adventure and the thrills. Now I feel like everytime I fail I let the progress drift - maybe what people once saw in me is fading?

Yep. The Crows Of Doubt. So I'm sitting beside a bucket. Wishing, wishing, wishing I'd never had the audacity to try. And that's just crazy coward-speak. To try is to strive for the dream. And the dream is the most important thing of all.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Contentment

Just had to say I'm feeling so content.

I know. I sound like Charlotte Lucas in Pride and Prejudice talking about Mr Collins...
But truly. Life is good. My girls are wonderful. We've just spent three fab days of half term enjoying outselves together and FINALLY my nanny book is properly done. There were raggedy ends with it in my mind that needed tackling so every evening in the last couple of weeks, I've done it. It's finished, no more touching. Even the beginning is tweaked in the way I want it to be. I'm now content.

So what else can make a girl feel this way? Committing to a new book on the horizon...yes, that too.

And three more things.
Love, reading and chocolate. It's almost Valentines I have all three. Delicious.

jx

Sunday, February 07, 2010

A Very Special Book

This weekend I've read a terrific book.

A One-Of-A-Kind Family by Holly Jacobs in Superromance. Fantastic.

I cried twice. And I'm a non-tear-shedding reader. By the end I was in full sob flow. Wow.

It's a very special book and it deals with a subject very close to my family's heart. Learning difficulties/special needs. It's nice to pick up a book that relates to an important part of your life and yet does it more than justice. She deals with a topic that really pushes buttons; when to push for more independence, when to pull back through fear of the hurts of the big bad world! As a mum with a special child in mainstream education I found it just brilliant and very thought provoking. Hearts were on the line at every chapter.

In my dreams I'd write a book like this. But Ms Jacobs has done a brilliant job. And if you need proof, read it too.

P.S. If you need extra incentive, click just to see the gorgeous cover! Liam is drop dead delicious. And his brother is wonderful too.
jx