Friday 13 September 2019

My first 25 minutes yesterday were spent looking at houses. We’re not planning on moving any time soon, but I do like to keep an eye on the market and I needed to clear a load of sold properties out of my RightMove account. The next 25 minutes were spent on my social media morning…

Thursday 22 August 2019

Tuesday’s writing contributions were mostly admin, and mostly fielding emails. The big thing this week is confirming appointments and meetings. I confirmed today’s meeting in Birmingham, and I confirmed next week’s meeting in London. I also responded to emails regarding photographs and illustrations, and I sent emails regarding the same. Train tickets were booked, paid…

Book review: Run and Hide

This feature is in association with NetGalley. Run and Hide, Alan McDermott Thanks to NetGalley and to Thomas & Mercer for an advance copy of Run and Hide. I loved this story from the outset. By the end of chapter two, we’d had a fist fight and a car chase, and the action just got…

Tuesday 20 August 2019

I finished the latest book for NetGalley and will be writing my review later this week. I really enjoyed this one, so much so I (a) bought a copy of it for the poet’s Kindle, and (b) bought the author’s first novel immediately after I’d finished reading this one. I printed off the latest version…

Monday 19 August 2019

I spent most of Friday doing client work. I currently have two in, and both need to be finished this week. But I also did quite a lot of admin work on the Richard Cadbury book. I’m meeting Richard Cadbury’s great-great-granddaughter on Thursday of this week, and so we had a chat about that on…

Friday 16 August 2019

Yesterday was mostly spent doing the “heavy proofreading” job. It’s an interesting subject and I’m enjoying it very much. But it’s going to take some time. The new job that came in is correctly written, but it isn’t my favourite type of narrative and I’d like to change much of it or send it back…

Wednesday 14 August 2019

We had a good session at the writers’ group on Monday. I’ll be writing a report just as soon as I can fit one in. Yesterday was a very busy day. The morning was spent doing admin for the Richard Cadbury book. I’ve arranged to meet his great-great-granddaughter in Birmingham next week and I had…

Monday 12 August 2019

Friday was a good day, even if I didn’t manage everything I wanted to do. I did a NetGalley book review and posted it to here, to Amazon, to Twitter and to NetGalley, and I started the next book … and wow! I feel as though I’m reading a fast-moving thriller movie along the lines…

Friday 9 August 2019

I’m so glad I scheduled yesterday’s post the evening before! What a disaster yesterday turned out to be. The BT engineer had said that they wouldn’t need to call at the house to try and repair the internet, but at 9:15am, there he was anyway, wanting to do a line test. AND he switched the…

Book review: Hot Pursuit

This feature is in association with NetGalley. Hot Pursuit, Rebecca Freeborn Thanks to NetGalley and to Pantera Press for an advance copy of Hot Pursuit. I wasn’t sure whether this was going to be a chick lit or a modern adult romance, but I was delighted when it turned out to be a mystery with…

Tuesday 6 August 2019

I’ve had a bit of a busy week where my own work has suffered – and some of my clients’ work. But I’m sorting a few things with my dad’s estate that have finally come to fruition (it’s only taken a year …), and I’m amazed at how complicated it all is and how unhelpful…

Book review: The Lost Daughter

This feature is in association with NetGalley. The Lost Daughter, Gill Paul Thanks to NetGalley and to Headline for an advance copy of The Lost Daughter. I can’t remember the last time I stayed up to read a book, yet this one kept me reading and turning the pages until I finished it at gone…

Thursday 25 July 2019

Yesterday’s to-do list was slightly adventurous … but I did it all. It doesn’t look a lot, but it is still time-consuming. I was late getting up, don’t forget, due to the storm the previous night, but my list didn’t get any shorter as a result. The first hour was spent reading. I read a…

Book review: Chasing Ghosts

This feature is in association with NetGalley. Chasing Ghosts, Madalyn Morgan Thanks to NetGalley and to Madalyn Morgan for an advance copy of Chasing Ghosts. First of all I have to say how much I enjoyed this story. I enjoyed the history of it, I enjoyed the mystery of it, and I found it very…

Wednesday 24 July 2019

I’m late to my desk this morning, following last night’s terrific storm. The dog didn’t stop shouting at the shouty sky until looooong after the sky had stopped shouting, and that disturbed the night really. (The poet was away.) I did enjoy watching it, though, until the lightning got too bright and I had to pull…

Tuesday 23 July 2019

I got through quite a lot of work in a short time yesterday. It was a busy day. First of all I read the last few chapters of the NetGalley book. That means there will be a new review posted in the next few days, hopefully tomorrow (Wednesday). I wrote 816 words for The Fool…

Monday 22 July 2019

Much of Friday was spent finishing the client edit, and I did, and I submitted it, and he cleared payment. It will be in my bank on Wednesday. How cool is that? I read two more chapters of the NetGalley book, and I wrote a blog post. And that was Friday. We had a fairly busy…

Friday 19 July 2019

It’s great being able to turn up to work wearing whatever you like. Yesterday it was shorts and t-shirt again before I had to “get dressed” to go out. The first hour of the day was spent reading three chapters of the NetGalley book. I also did a tiny bit of gig list admin (shared…

Thursday 18 July 2019

Yesterday’s writing attire of choice was a more respectable shorts and t-shirt, but when the rain came and the temperature dropped, I dressed myself properly once again. I didn’t get much writing work done. I managed to read another chapter of the NetGalley book, I wrote a blog post and I did a chunk of…

Wednesday 17 July 2019

It was so hot here yesterday I ended up stripping down to just a nightie and flip flops to sit and work in. That felt both refreshing and quite liberating. I’m not complaining. The last house was the coldest house in the world and cost us a fortune to heat. At least that’s one thing…