Well, hello there! How the bloody hell are you? Oh, I'm fine, thanks for asking. A lot going on in my house this year, some of which I'll not go into right now. But I'm really thinking that it's time to blog again. I'm actually itching to write at the moment, as is always the case in the summer holidays, when I have very little time to do it; absence makes the heart grow fonder, sort of thing. I almost wrote 'fronder' then, which would suggest that the heart was becoming ferny, which, of course, is something that the heart might well do if left alone for too long.
Look at that: it's only been two minutes and already I'm off again, talking nonsense.
|Linda and Matthew messing about with Photo Booth effects.|
Another thing that is quite exciting - if you like words and books - is that my mum made a wonderful discovery the other day: UCLAN (Preston University or the University of Central Lancashire) do an MA in Publishing. I had been itching to do the MA in English with the Open University, but I was finding it difficult to justify the £6k (not to mention, finding it difficult to find £6k, of course). But now then, an MA in Publishing I can absolutely justify - perfect! Still £6k, but I can spread it over two years, and maybe, if we live on beans on toast (or just beans; bread's quite expensive at the moment) for a long while, I think it can be done. Don't hold your breath over that one - I've enrolled for three MAs in the past two years. But I do think that this is the one I would really like to strive to do, so I'm going to apply and see if I can at least get a place. I do think, after doing this little bit of student proofreading, that publishing is where I would like to be.
|Bamburgh in 2011 - who wouldn't want to go here for some peace and quiet?|
And there's my new book. I wasn't content to be writing three novels, so I decided to add a fourth. I think this is the one (I know, I sound like a teenager). I won't say anything about it. It's good, I think. I'm going to work on it in Bamburgh, because that's where I'm setting it - although, since I don't really know too much about the people there, I think I might change the name. I'm not very good at names. It takes me ages to think of good character names, and place names are even worse. (I can't even decide on what to call myself - to pseudonym or not to pseudonym?) But I'm not in a rush, I just want to make it a good book.
I am on the verge of babbling, so I'll leave it there.
OLYMPIC FEVER! I'm off to watch some more - isn't it good?! I was never in any doubt that London 2012 would be excellent - ha! to the cynics and grumps!