Friday, August 17, 2007

Golf and Bones

Had a great game of golf today with Marian - managed to get an excellent par on the first, hurrah!! Which included a really, really long putt. So off to a flying start indeed. Just a shame I couldn't keep it up for long. Sigh! Never mind, I didn't do badly throughout - and neither did Marian - and I managed to sink another long putt on my way round, so I can have a Smug Golfer's Smile for at least a week now. Till the next game ...

For the rest of the day, I've been working mainly on The Bones of Summer. Which is now at 17,000 words. So only 3,000 words to go before I stop and do my in-depth character studies. Yes, yes, I know the "rules" say you should do that before you start, but sod the rules eh? This is the way I like working and it suits me - though I appreciate it's a little weird.

I've also been worrying about my contract with PD Publishing for Maloney's Law. Sigh. John doesn't like the fact that they've only sent one copy of the contract over for me to sign and thinks this is very odd. I must admit it doesn't seem much of a problem to me - I'm happy to sign it (please God, let me sign it - soon!!) and just do copies for us. Heck, I don't get within sniffing distance of a real-live contract very often in my neck of the woods, and I can't bear the thought that I might lose out on it now. I'm really hoping it will all get smoothed over and neither side gets the hump and backs out (oh please God, noooooo ....). Interesting how my wishes don't figure much in this - it just seems to be agent and publisher getting into the ring. Is it always this way?? Then surely something is rotten in the state of Denmark, m'dears! I know both parties are only standing up for what they believe to be right, but it's making this particular author very very twitchy and I wish to God the agony would soon be over and I can get on with getting the book how PD want it. Yes, I admit it - I am a book whore - aren't we all? ...

Still, I've been cheering myself up with reading the latest gay anthology from Torquere Press called Animal Attraction. Good stuff on the whole - I particularly enjoyed "Bungalow Bill" by Ansley Vaughan. And two or three others were very moving too - I found myself in tears during "What We Leave Behind", and I loved the fantasy elements of "Cold Iron". All in all, a very good read!

Tonight, I've got the cleaning to do, and then there's a bottle of red wine waiting on the side, plus pizza and ice cream. Hurrah! Oh, and there are some little chocolate cakes to eat up before they go out of date. How sad indeed. Oh dear. Perhaps we can have them with the ice cream. I do hate waste ...

Today's nice things:

1. Golf (did I say I got a par?...)
2. Writing
3. The Animal Attraction anthology.

Anne Brooke
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Jackie Luben said...

I'm so jealous that you can eat little chocolate cakes and not put on any weight.

Anne Brooke said...

The stress takes it off, Jackie!!