Had great fun at the launch of Thorn in the Flesh yesterday - in spite of being so hyper I could probably have crawled across the ceiling without the aid of suction pads. Even Jennifer of Goldenford asked me if I'd been on the coffee. Caffeine?? Ye gods no! - can you imagine what I'd be like with that?!? Alas, the hyperactivity factor is entirely my own ...
Anyway, it was a lovely party - the catering was amazing (huge thank you to Ruth's husband who deserves a medal. Possibly two), the conversation was scintillating and people seemed to enjoy the reading (hurrah!). And Jackie's introduction was ... well .. entirely in a class of its own and far funnier than anything I could ever write! Thank you, Jackie!
Ooh, and we sold 20 books, plus a few of our others, so that was nice. And I signed them all with my special naked lady fluffy pen bought as a launch gift by the glorious Cathy (thanks, Cathy!). I am going to sign everything in sight with it from now on. Might even use it for work meetings - that will certainly shorten them ...
Naturally, I was so on the qui vive when I got back home that I didn't actually get to sleep till 2am and was up and super-alert at 6am. Dammit. Ah, the reckoning will come soon, you know ... I shall be collapsing in a gibbering heap by 7pm tonight, I'm sure. Hmm, no change there.
Anyway, this morning, I have been in my ultimate chill-down zone having a wonderful Clarins facial and back massage. Bliss. And there's more good news! - the thirst-quenching Clarins cream they'd discontinued the last time I went has been brought back in a new and zappy format. Double hurrahs! I have therefore stocked up on the darn stuff before they change their minds again ... You never know, you see.
Afterwards, I ate lunch at Waterstone's and wrote a poem (as you do, ho ho!):
It starts in shades of grey and blue,
a life held steady,
no notion of change.
and the patterning begins:
bleak punches of memory
until the grey, the blue
are gone. Only the dark,
the unknown horizon
Ooh and I bumped into Jane H in town - hello, Jane! Lovely to see you again so soon after ... um ... yesterday. Which somehow leads me nicely into an afternoon's visiting: popped in to see my sick friend who's doing surprisingly well and quite chirpy, which is marvellous. We managed to do a lot of grumbling and setting the world to rights - really, there's nothing like a good moan. After that, I paid a brief visit to Gladys in hospital - who was sleepy and not quite sure what was going on in the moments of being awake. Much like myself to be honest, so I didn't stay long. I'm sure the hospital doesn't want the visitors collapsing on the beds in exhaustion. They surely have enough to do with the patients.
For the rest of the day, I've been doing some PR on Thorn and even selling a few more copies. Gosh, thanks, people! I'd best stock up on Jiffy bags then. And tonight, it's "Ashes to Ashes" on TV, so the ideal way to end the day indeed.
Today's nice things:
1. Clarins treatments
2. Chatting to friends
3. People buying Thorn - well, gosh!