Double huzzahs! I have now finished the edit of The Bones of Summer and am making enquiries with The Literary Consultancy as to the the price of one of their worth-their-weight-in-gold critiques. Lordy, but I never leave the starting blocks without them. No matter how ruddy painful that process is - and believe me it's painful.
In the meantime, I have joined in with the Harper Collins-based showcasing website, Authonomy and uploaded the first 10,000 words or so of all my books, except the best forgotten Hit List , on site for people to run screaming to the hills from. Lordy, but my grasp of grammar is in a class of its own. As is my grasp of cliche. Obviously. Mind you, as the site is still in Beta stage, it's only open to guests at the moment, so the hordes of screaming people aren't as loud as they may yet become. My advice is buy your earplugs now. It will be interesting to see how long the great HC will allow a self- and small publisher slapper like myself to remain on board for sure - but you know me: any chance of a bit of book publicity and I'm there, waving my pom-poms around and shouting for the Quality Unknowns. Interesting too how much, even at this early stage, Thorn in the Flesh is dividing opinion. People either love it - and Kate - or hate it. And her. Ah, the difficult novel. One always has one, you know. Though, that said, nobody's commented on my gay stuff yet ...
Lord H has also been away today on an OU course in Croydon (of all places!), so it's been quiet here in the Surrey outback. But I have managed at last to grab my neighbour and have a chat with him. He's looking a little better, but I think it's going to take a while.
Tonight, we'll be glued to "Dr Who" and then I must find out the latest on "Pushing Daisies". Now there's another thing people either love or hate. Lord H can't stand it, but I'm utterly hooked. Be warned: in the future all programmes will be made this way.
Ooh and last night's nightingale watch was fabulous. We even saw a couple of them singing. Lordy, but they're sooo small and the sound is utterly glorious. I've written a haiku about it but, due to being completely obsessed with my writing routines, I will save it for tomorrow.
Today's nice things:
1. Finishing the Bones edit
2. Playing around on the Authonomy site