Monday, 28 September 2009
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
Monday, 21 September 2009
Which is why I was so touched when the gardeners finally drafted in to clear our jungle (very out of place next to the perfect gardens of St Mary Mead) bought me a present. We’d been chatting during the day and they knew about the accident but it was still a lovely surprise when they presented me with a gift before they left - a potted red geranium, a splash of colour to cheer me up, they said.
Perhaps I should get them in to help me prune my chapter? It was 500 words under the competition limit. I edited it and I'm now 1000 words over! Ah well, will have to sit down and have a good look at it. Or send it to somebody less grumpy :-)
BTW I take it everybody participated in International Speak Like a Pirate day at the weekend? In case anybody missed it, here's something to get you in the mood...
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
Yes, I am now as barking mad as our terrier who thinks she can scare off the RAF, currently using our croft house as target practice, by squeaking her toy.
It’s the broadband withdrawal that's done it (have now given in and driven to internet cafe). Without CPs and blogfriends to be my reality check (or, less politely, to tell me to stop being a muppet) I have even taken to dreaming about technical problems with my competition entries. In a dream last night someone lectured me at length about my secondary character interaction and the banter between my hero and heroine.
Angels giving me good crit or a sign I’m officially over the edge?
I suspect the latter.
In an attempt to draw myself back from over-angst I have designed a teeny little questionnaire about my current comp idea (please leave you answers in a comments field. You get a reward if you get to the end J).
(1) Titles. Which option do you prefer?
(a) Reluctant Heir, Passionate Affair
(b) Hot Nights with the Playboy Prince
(c) The Prince’s Indecent Proposal
(d) To tell me to stop thinking about titles, which are irrelevant really, given you don't get to choose them, and get on with writing the damn thing
(2) Princes. Compatible with Modern Heat?
(a) No, they belong in historicals or Moderns at a push
(b) You might be able to pull it off, AITE and all that
(c) I’ve no problem with the concept as long as it fits the guidelines
(3) Your reward. Would you rather…
(a) Have a date with George Clooney
(b) Be analyzed by the Mentalist (aka Simon Baker)
(c) Have a chocolate feast
Okay, so you might have to use your imagination to claim your reward but thanks for taking part in my poll and pulling me back from the edge :-)
Unless of course you didn’t, in which case you may find yourself reading in the news headlines that a mad hermitess has been found roaming the Highlands muttering about stripping out too much external conflict (not to put any pressure on you or anything ;-)