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bigstock--185734024June is always a special month at Fielding Towers. The good times actually start on May 31st with a visit to the Theatre Royal in Bath to see Thoroughly Modern Milly with a friend. There will be a pre-theatre supper and possibly a glass of something bubbly when we get home because June 1st is my birthday. There have been a lot of those so I’ll gloss over exactly what number I’ll reach this year.

It’s going to be a busy month. Following the ups and downs of moving house, my original buyers – when confronted about their lack of progress – disappeared. Three wasted months, more expense and a considerable amount of teeth gnashing but, with the house back on the market, I had a new offer in a matter of days and, fingers firmly crossed, this time it will be full speed ahead.

The last piece of excess furniture has found its new home, there has been a clear out of clothes that I’ve dieted out of (yay!) but there are still a lot of books to go to charity shops. Oh, and there’s a book to write…

bigstock--209264287That is hard. So much has happened in the last nine months and I’ve been facing the fear that I may never be able to write again. I’m battling it and when I do actually put fingers to keyboard I’m getting words down. But it’s hard to motivate myself. I just read a piece on the Live Write Thrive blog that suggests it’s my mind protecting me from failure. I have to keep reminding myself that writing is my business, it’s what I do.

IYoung Couple Caressing Lying In Bed have been thinking about this book for a very long time (anything but actually write it) and that’s going to help me. The hero and heroine have become much clearer in my mind. have had time to grow into their parts. I just need to stop feeling afraid that I can’t do it any more and get the words down.

In mid-June I’m going away with the family to Center Parc – so there will be a lot of walking, swimming, owl experiences, willow weaving and maybe even time for a treat at the spa. I’m hoping it will help to fill the well and tempt the muse out into the sunlight.

Print0217-9780373744206-bigwAnd then there’s my trip to the Romance Writers of America 2018 Conference in Denver to celebrate the fact that The Sheikh’s Convenient Princess has been nominated for a RITA®.

I’m so looking forward to meeting old friends and finally hugging all the wonderful people I’ve known in cyber space for years and have become so close. And to meet readers at the Literacy book signing.

I’ve done the paperwork, booked my flight, signed up for the conference , have my hotel reservation. My diary is filling up with dinners, teas, coffees with friends, editors, fellow romance writers.

That’s the easy stuff. I still have to decide what I’m going to wear to my publisher’s party, the Rita Finalists Reception and the Awards night ceremony. Oh, and shift those 7lbs that are stubbornly clinging to my hips after a long, dark, winter.

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Stress levels…

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Oh boy. May started with a bit of a blow. The vendor of the flat I was buying changed her mind about selling.  So the surveyor’s fee, the legal costs already incurred (all my legal work had been done) left me over £1000 out of pocket. Then there was the time wasted by the decorator who had given me estimates for repainting the place, the carpet fitter measuring the place, all that time wasted trying to decide on colours…

And yet… The llama is not ironic.

Cost and time wasting aside, she did me a favour. I have found a flat I like much more, in immaculate condition, in a better location and without the need for expensive decoration or new carpets. And it has a little courtyard garden that I can see filled with plants. I’ve already started a list with wisteria and honeysuckle at the top. (The honeysuckles at Fielding Towers are about to bloom and I am really going to miss them.)

Oh, and then my vacuum cleaner died – of old age – this week. Just what you need when you’re trying to keep on top of everything. and my stick cleaner is also on it’s last legs. I looked at replacement and couldn’t believe the price! Nevertheless I had to bite the bullet and I  ve gone for a cylinder job recomended by my daughter to replace both.

Interior decorating

4892510-purple-wisteria-wisteria-japonica-growing-along-a-fence-in-franceNothing to do, at least until I move in and live with what I’ve got. Well, it’s just down to deciding exactly which trestle table I want for my workspace – the table I have just isn’t big enough. The curtain material I chose is still the one I want, but my favourite curtains (bought only last year at vast expense) will fit either my bedroom or study, which is a bonus.

My sale? Well, it’s moving, but rather as a glacier moves but I’m going on holiday at the beginning of next month and if I haven’t moved by then (if no further than my daughter’s spare bedroom) I might begin to crack.

Writing?

Well, again in the manner of a glacier. Stress is not conducive to writing as I’ve learned in the past. And anything you do write is likely to be pants but I’m thinking a lot.

Giveaway…

31263256_1616328918488216_6159892561788928000_nRoyalWedding-FieldingLARGE-300x450 (1)I’m also running a lovely little giveaway in conjunction with the Tule #royalweddinginvitation series and our own royal wedding event. If you want to throw your name into the hat, leave a comment on my Facebook page.

I’m also taking part in the #romanceauthorchallenge on Instagram. No prizes, but a great opportunity to see a picture post from some great authors every day.

 

A lovely decorator idea for Halloween from Hooked.

I LOVE autumn. I love crunchy leaves under warm boots, cold mornings and sunny afternoons. I love jacket potatoes around a bonfire, autumn colours and spiced lattes, I love filling my house with …

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