Monday, April 20, 2009

A Gentle Return

There hasn't been much to blog about really. I've been poorly since January, and you didn't want to know all about that, did you? That's not to say that I haven't been doing anything, I just haven't had the energy to bore you all with it afterwards. Now I'm finally starting to get some strength back, I'll tell you what I've been up to writing-wise:

I've written quite a lot: been keeping up with my Story a Fortnight, and working on the novel(s) too.
I've subbed quite a lot: this is good. I subbed virtually nothing last year (though I wrote loads).
I've done a Della course: can't recommend them highly enough.
I've been to a couple of book launches: any excuse to buy books and drink wine, eh?
I've made use of my camera: as part of some Tom-Foolery-inspired photographic walks.
I've chilled with blogmates: a girly weekend with Helen (in which Spiral Jen played a rather drunken part), and a day with DJ, Troy and Mrs Troy, and various associated children.

I have also, by virtue of some domestic rearrangements, discovered a Room of My Own without my having to convert the loft. More of this later.

My list of Things to Do this year include: London Book Fair, Flash Fiction evenings, Novel Racers' Meet, SaF Meet, another Della Course, and Isle of Wight trip with DJ +N3S, Calistro's book launch (hint hint, Calistro), and no doubt much more.

Do you have any writing/blogging-related events planned for this year?


claire p said...

I've just finished DV and am getting the proposal stuff together to satrt sending it out. The there's the next novel to write. Know anything about time travel?

I hope you're better now. And glad you're back xx


Ms TF is glad that you're feeling a tad better and that she has in some way inspired you to take out your camera and take photos. So m'dear when are you going to set up a photo blog for us to view the results??? No pressure :) I'm working on further photo galleries very slowly :O

Take care TFxx

Amanda said...

Glad you're feeling well enough to blog. :-)

KAREN said...

Good to know you're feeling better :o) I'm planning a couple of blog-meets too; a first for me so I'm rather nervous!

trousers said...

Yep, I'll echo wholeheartedly the welcome backs/glad you're feeling better comments - it's good to see you again.

Bloggy things? May have a gathering coming up in the summer. It's nice to do these things, isn't it?

Troy said...

I do enjoy reading your quarterly blog. Keep it up!

We thoroughly enjoyed our time on the South Coast last week.

Calistro said...

Of course you're invited to my book launch! You'll all invited! Though I hope I don't have to buy the wine if Spiral comes along, I might bankrupt myself ;)

SpiralSkies said...

Flippin 'eck, you turn your back for 5 mins and the buggers are all saying things about you! Gah! Lies, I tell you, lies!! :0)

You're rather like a duck at the mo, all writerly action going on below the blogging surface. Or something. You know what I mean. Hic. Ooops.

Lily Sheehan said...

I'm GOING to finish draft one this year if it kills me. I'd quite like to do one of Della's courses too. Glad your feeling better and are blogging again.

HelenMHunt said...

What's that about drunkenness? Me? Surely not!

DJ Kirkby said...

Well, I just 'did' the London Book Fair with you so that counts and....erm...does Paulton Park count? No? What about if we talk about writing (which we will) while we are there? x

Queenie said...

Oh, look! You're back! How lovely. Yes, I do have one or two events scheduled, but nothing that would interest you, honestly, all terribly tedious ;-))

Debs said...

I'm going to Caerleon in July and can't wait to be on the Della Galton course.

Leigh said...

Claire - Thanks, ooh, and good luck with your proposal stuff!

TF - I have, actually [blush blush] started a photo blog already, but I just haven't told anyone where it is yet. Ahem.

Amanda - Thank you!!

Karen - And I'm looking forward to seeing you at one of them, yes?

Trousers - It is. It is. And I hope you enjoy them too.

Troy - All the most prestigious journals are published quarterly, you know.

Calistro - You never know... she might bring her own...

Spiral - I'd move on to the red, if I were you. That grape is obviously not doing you so much good...

Lily - Oh, I can't recommend Della's courses highly enough. So useful, and so much fun!

Helen - Don't like drunken? How about 'chemically challenged,' then?

DJ - Poulton's Park will count, for sure! It's a blogmeet, innit?

Queenie - Oh, well. If they're that bad, you can always drown your sorrows... Oh dear, there seems to be a bit of a theme going in this comments thread!

Debs - Have a fab time at Carleon, and get yourself down to Bournemouth, pronto, woman!


A word of warning I'd to take my photo blog off line as some little Greek chappie (or girl) downloaded a vast chunk of my images. Boo! Hoo! I was a tad pissed off at the time :( TFx