Back today. Had a good time - very relaxing. High points for me were (a) Chatsworth - beautiful house & grounds, and so relaxing, and the special "Twelve Days of Christmas" focus was surprisingly good. It almost made me think Christmas was okay. I even got quite choked up in the chapel - scary biscuits indeed. (b) The magnificent Knox Road Church in Wellingborough - which we visited on our way there. (c) Seeing a stoat at Chatsworth. Not sure I've ever seen a real-life one. (d) Meeting fellow Writeworder (http://www.writewords.org.uk) Nik Perring (http://nikperring.blogspot.com) was a delight. (e) Generally, being away from the pressure of it all - also very good.
Still, back now to the washing & ironing etc. Have finished Susan Hill's "The Pure in Heart" - marvellous. Not a great deal of plot but the characters are ace. Also started and finished "Book Lover" by Kaufman & Mack - again, no plot but a great main character. Rubbish ending though - but some authors are like that.
Came home to discover that someone has ordered "Pink Champagne and Apple Juice" via the Goldenford (http://www.goldenford.co.uk) PayPal facility - good on you, Mr Owen. And many thanks! It will be posted to you on Monday, first class. Very disappointed though that there's still no word on my publication date for "A Dangerous Man" from Flame Books (http://www.flamebooks.com) - deep sigh. And still nothing from my agent (http://www.sff.net/people/john-jarrold/about.html) about anything at all. Deeper sigh ...
Must dash now - the judging for "Strictly Come Dancing" is due to start and I absolutely can't miss it!