Then after just over a week we flew to Bristol to see our daughter and son-in-law, which was just lovely. It had been a full eighteen months since we had seen them so a very happy reunion. We were also able to see our grand-dog and meet our two new-grand cats. They gave us a wonderful time, highlights of which were the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, a truly mind boggling spectacle, and the other was whole day trip on a narrowboat down the river Avon to Bath which was very interesting and also just lovely, so relaxing and good for the soul. I love boats – our year spent on a canal boat in France is still such a fond memory.
All too soon it was time to come home – though not too soon for our cat, who thought we had abandoned her in a cattery forever and who didn’t leave our sides for the first week after our return. Our dogs were pleased to see us, but had been having a lovely holiday on a wine farm with our friends, so they were feeling anything but abandoned.
Since getting back I haven’t actually written a word – sometimes I wonder if I’ll ever write again, then a new story just hops on board and I find myself devoting eight to ten hours a day till I have got it down. Are all writers so obsessive? Or is it just me? Who knows? I haven’t even finished tweaking my latest one, On the Ninth Day the Cat was Sick. Partly because my friend and fellow writer Deborah Goemans, (http://www.amazon.com/Amaranth-Bloom-Deborah-June-Goemans/dp/1439286906) very kindly assessed part of one of my novels and as a professional editor told me all sorts of things I didn’t know, such as the rules for indentations, and spacing and dashes. So now I have to go through this book and make all these changes, when I do the tweaking and the rewriting. (Not to mention my previous six books!) I am most grateful to Debbie but this means lots of work and I am very good at avoiding work! The trouble is I don’t have a deadline – and I am one of those people who can only work with a deadline, even a self imposed one. So I should probably set myself a date, like the first of November for this book to be up-and-running. Yes that’s what I’ll do – you saw it first here. Look for my new book on Amazon on Friday 1st November!
Till next time J