Friday, 26 September 2008

Something "Writerly" Now

The 'good lucks' from all of you in the Land of Blog worked. So, many thanks *smile*. I had a letter today from the large print publishers. They've accepted Sunlight on Shadows. No publication date yet - hopefully it will be sometime in 2009.

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Puppy Love - A Day in the Life of Tessa B

Can I go and Play Out?

Follow me, Tessa B!

Mum, this one Growls!
He's scary! I'm not staying here.

I'll go where I'm appreciated.

Aaaah! Is this My...

Special Friend?

OK, sheep are meant to be 'No-Nos'.
But what can one do about Sheepish Puppy Love?

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Getting The Creative Juices Flowing...

I've been rewriting, editing and subbing but I haven't written anything new for the last three or four weeks.
That's partly because I couldn't decide what to write - if I could hear from the agent who has my full ms, maybe I wouldn't be dithering - partly because Tessa B has kept me busy and 'lot-ly' I didn't really feel like writing.

Now, I think I'm ready to start in on a novella for My Weekly. I've had the idea bubbling around for quite a time and I know I'm going to set it in my fictional North Yorkshire Dale - Skirradale. I've already got a model village and pictorial maps but I needed something new to get the creative juices flowing. So I found a 1950s kitchen for Lintie and mocked up a cover. Then, instead of opening a new document and writing those magic words Chapter One, I decided to blog instead.
My excuse is... if I start writing in the morning, I can happily carry on writing in the afternoon - and sometimes the evening - but I find it hard to start writing in the afternoon. Does anyone else have this problem?

NEWSFLASH... Annie Bright is blogging again! Go say 'Hi'

Thursday, 4 September 2008

Something Else Nice Happened Today...

Warning: A bit of a 'Me...Me' Post

This Pocket Novel was accepted about eighteen months ago and published last December and I really like the 'moody' cover. Today is the first time I've seen it! My author copies went awol and my local newsagent doesn't get the My Weekly Pocket Novels (can you believe that)! So a big thanks to editor Tracey for 'plundering' the MW stores.

Now I'm sending a copy to the Large Print publishers - hoping they'll want to publish it, too!

Edited to Add

Yummy Palets Bretons recipe for TF:

4 egg yolks240g butter 120g castor sugar300g plain flour, siftedMilk, to ‘wash’ the cookies
1. Beat together the egg yolks and castor sugar till light and creamy.
2. Cream the butter then beat into the egg and sugar mix till well-combined.
3. Slowly add the flour, about 1/4 cup at a time, making sure to mix well after each addition.
4. Once all the flour has been incorporated, tip the dough onto a large square of cling wrap and press into a ball shape, then refrigerate for 30 mins.
5. Remove from the fridge then roll into a long, thick sausage. It should be about 5-6cm in diameter. Place back in the refrigerator 1 hour.
6. Preheat oven to 375degrees F. Gas Mark 5. Slice the dough into rounds about 1-1.5cm thick.
7. Place rounds on a baking tray lined with baking paper and lightly flatten with the palm of your hand. Give each round a milk wash, then lightly trace a lattice pattern into each one with a fork.
8. Bake for 15-20mins till the top of the biscuits looks golden; remove and let them cool on the tray.

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Oh...Oh! Just Look at This!

Lane sent me (us) this Friendship Award!

Thank you so much, Lane.
OK, so I need to pass it on and it's an impossible choice because everyone who visits my blog has been so fantastic - supporting me through the bad times and sharing my ups and downs. So I'm going to pass it on to the inventors of electricity, computers and batteries, because without them Blog Land would never existed and I would never have met such wonderful people. I must give a special mention to Womag because, to start off with, it was her blog guided me to most of you. And, as the Award will surely bring 'warm and fuzzies' to all who receive it: Here it is again for Crystal Jigsaw's Amy - a lovely little girl who shares her stories and rhymes.