It’s been a month since my last visit here, (that sounds like I’m about to make my confession – you’ll be pleased to hear I’m not), and life in the Turner household continues to be erratic. There is so much going on with the new house, visitors, writing taking me off at an unplanned tangent, and some delightful surprises, and it doesn’t look as though it’s going to settle any time soon. I suppose life would be boring if it were too settled, however it would be nice to have at least one day a week that went according to plan.
The first disappointment for us was being let down by our builders, and the conservatory not being completed as promised. I wasted many hours waiting for someone to turn up, or to call, only to be disappointed, and immensely irritated by the delay. They got here in the end, and whilst there are still some bits to finish, it’s a delight to sit and eat dinner overlooking the back garden and the trees beyond, albeit a little chilly as the final touches (sealing) are pending!
The second disappointment for me was the cancellation of a visit from my friend, Jane. She is still in corporate life and had a meeting that couldn’t be cancelled. Maybe that was a good thing, as without the building works completed, having another body and another puppy, Bruno, in the house things would have been even more chaotic. Bruno is Molly’s brother and he is just as lively. Hopefully we will get together before Christmas. I certainly hope so. That same week I found that my editor Steph wouldn’t be available until mid-January, so the latest in the Meredith & Hodge series, One Secret Too Many, will be delayed and wont’ be released until the New Year – my fault for not booking a slot earlier, but a disappointment none the less.
Then there were the surprises. As One Secret Too Many, nears an end, on a whim I emailed my original cover designer, Antony, he’d taken a break due to ill health, and I was delighted to find that he was back at work, and has produced one option for the new cover already. Watch this space – I may need help in choosing the right cover. This discovery took the sting out of all the disappointments, and I smiled all day!
Those of you that have followed my writing progress for some time will remember I started writing a ‘Cozy’ mystery, The Cuban Conundrum, back last summer. It had been shelved due to the arrival of Molly, Tin Soldiers, and eventually Lucy. Well its back! Now I know how it ends, I found I was rushing the end of the One Secret Too Many, a break was needed, and I decided to read instead. As Archie, (I have no proof but I know it was him) had eaten my kindle, my lovely husband bought me a new one, a Paperwhite, and when I was transferring my collection across I stumbled on The Cuban Conundrum so far. I decided to read it, and I liked it! I had forgotten some of the scenes, and some of the passages made me smile, I was delighted to find it was a keeper – so I’m working on that too. That was a nice surprise, if only there were more hours in the day. I must remember to tell Steph she has two coming her way – poor woman!
Finally, we were invited to a dinner party as surprise guests. It was an Oscars themed party, (much like a murder mystery party), we have to get glammed up, bring a prop from our allotted film, andwrite an acceptance speech for an unknown award which could be for anything. A lovely surprise and a change from the norm, and despite it all being a bit of fun, I was unnecessarily nervous about the speech element – it’s surprising how a glass or two or red helps, I usually hate public speaking, even with people I know. So on Saturday I walked the dogs, wrote my acceptance speech, cursed the builders who didn’t turn up again, did a few loads of washing, ignored the other housework, wrote this blog, updated the WIP page of my website, and finally got down to some serious writing. My only problem was which work in progress to work on, The Cuban Conundrum or One Secret Too Many…. in the end I did a bit of both!
In the fullness of time, probably a couple of weeks, I will be looking for volunteers to be beta readers for both novels, if you have the time, and would be interested please leave me a message and I’ll be in touch.
Hope you had a wonderful weekend.