It’s been a while since my last blog (the usual… life got in the way again) but this time I have a slightly better excuse and yes, it is the weather. The relentless winter got me (and I know even hardened individuals suffered this year) down, my light box was still ‘missing’ since the move to the new house, and the new house was/is an icebox with freezing cold air pouring off the outer wall. Even paying outrageous fees in gas and electricity kept us wearing double to quadruple layers indoors, which frankly, I found rather offensive.
So, with a bitter feeling of cold despair, I begged for an escape home to sunny CA and my supportive husband readily agreed. Two weeks of sunny bliss, family gatherings, meeting up with old friends (at one point it felt very ‘Housewives of Orange County’ except we weren’t bitching, it wasn’t
and well… let’s face it, I was the only ‘housewife’ in the group). Orange County
On the trip, I had my e-mail account hacked – typical timing and I spent some time trying to fix it on my mother’s computer which felt a bit like wearing someone else’s underpants (the keys responded differently, screen alien, and well, it just wasn’t my computer). I’d meant to abandon all computer-related activity so it was just by chance that I checked my e-mail and received a mass of informants.
But when the two and a half weeks were up, I was ready to go back to reality – it was even warm for the weekend before plunging back down to the gloomy weather we’d left. Two weeks in and I’m still reeling over the catch up I’m trying to do. And balanced with recovering from jet lag, an excited toddler and growing lawn, my workload is feeling a bit overwhelming.
Writing – I’ve got my short story for the Springbok anthology to do – well, I’ve just finished the draft and need to change a few bits before sending it in – it’s due at the end of the month. Then after the Oyster Fayre, it will be ‘all systems go’ to get this non-fiction drafted in time (Three Victorian Women in Asylum). I’ve also been compiling a fairy anthology of retold ancient lore and new tales with an ancient feel. It will be illustrated by my fabulous mother and talented artist, Linda Gunn.
Wyvern – There are still two books on the lists – then will close. Or it was going to (I had no time for my own writing whilst running a publishing company). I’ve got a potential buyer, hoorah! So authors might have a chance to receive new contracts, which I’m thrilled about if it all goes through. I’ll keep posting updates as they happen.
Seadrake – Gulp! Only a few weeks left before the big weekend of Oyster Fayre – the market that sums up Seadrake perfectly and the event I look forward to every year… I’ve got all my stock put together, but there are some final bits that have been giving me trouble (combined with a toddler who keeps trying to break into my workshop means I can only work when she’s asleep… which is usually when I crash out too). I have to brass leaves to saw and finish into beautiful medieval brooches – they are all etched beautifully and are ready for the wrist and knuckle breaking moment of hacksaw (which takes forever). There are costumes to drag out of the closet – I’m selling off as much of my historical wardrobe I can this year, so if you need a Tudor/Renaissance/Saxon/Arthurian gown, drop by for a steal.
Fab, so it’s all systems go until June 1… Bring on the Oyster Fayre!