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Tuesday 18 June 2024: Busy weekend #1

Gosh, Saturday was a busy day. The bank account took a bit of a bashing too. At the top of the day I received a reply from DEADLINES FOR WRITERS,…

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Monday 17 June 2024: Seem to be getting there

Friday morning began with the client edit pdf proof landing. This has also gone to the author and to a proofreader. Once we’ve all had a look, I’ll consolidate the…

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Friday 14 June 2024: Re-subscribe

Before reading any further, if you’re a subscriber to the blog (not the newsletter) and you’re not receiving your email notifications, I think you need to subscribe again. You can…

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Thursday 13 June 2024: Starting a routine

Having identified no fixed routine as a possible problem when doing my work (or not doing it, as the case too often turns out), I started to make a plan….

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Wednesday 12 June 2024: Durham

My jolly to Durham wasn’t quite as productive as I hoped it would be. In fact, it wasn’t productive at all. There are a few reasons for this, but the…

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Tuesday 11 June 2024: A turtle dove!

As ever, we had a nice weekend, starting with a successful Monkey Dust gig on Friday night. We had a lot of fun and the band itself filled the venue…

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Monday 10 June 2024: Playing with covers… (again)

While we were on holiday, I received an email every day from Jetpack telling me that my site was unresponsive. Usually less than an hour later, I had another email…

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Friday 7 June 2024: Whoosh!

And there we have it. Another week gone by in a flash. I didn’t do a great deal yesterday other than cogitate all day over cosy mysteries. I had a…

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Thursday 6 June 2024: D-Day

It’s the 80th anniversary of D-Day today. The picture above is one I took of the Commonwealth war graves in Finningley. We have a Commonwealth war grave here in our…

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Wednesday 5 June 2024: Travels with Peggy

The last week of May was our annual Whitsun or late spring bank holiday. We always tend to take the whole week off, regardless of if we’re doing anything in…

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Tuesday 4 June 2024: The month ahead

Yesterday was my first day back at work following a week’s holiday. We had a good rest, and a good break. But I was itching to get on with something,…

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Monday 3 June 2024: May wrap-up

We took the last week of May off as a holiday, which means I didn’t do very much work. In fact, I didn’t do any. I’m not beating myself over…

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Friday 24 May 2024: Editing all day

It was almost 10pm by the time the poet returned home from his 3-day business trip. He’d left the house first thing Monday morning, and he got back just before…

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Thursday 23 May 2024: The bells

I had a much better night on Tuesday. I left all of the inside doors open in the house and kept a window open in the bedroom, so I could…

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Wednesday 22 May 2024: Magpies are clever

I’m not used to being in the house on my own yet and during the night on Monday/Tuesday, I woke up at about 3:30am thinking I could hear noises. I…

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Tuesday 21 May 2024: Busy weekend

Gosh what a busy weekend we had. Saturday We were up early on Saturday because we had a lot to do, and while the poet was getting something out of…

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Monday 20 May 2024: A little friend

I did a lot of faffing on Friday morning and before I knew it, it was time to go and get my hair cut. When I got back, I went…

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Friday 17 May 2024: Too many people. Again!

I forgot to add one more thing to my list of things I could do in Durham for the day yesterday. I could have an editing day. I think the…

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Thursday 16 May 2024: My first jolly!

We had a really nice time on Tuesday evening in Sheffield. We had our tea at Ask Italian, which is just like Pizza Express, and we hung around for a…

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Wednesday 15 May 2024: Customer no-care?

Once upon a time, back in the day when I worked for a living, I was poached to serve on a S.E.C.R.E.T. committee: Satisfy Every Customer’s Requirement Every Time. I…

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Tuesday 14 May 2024: The days are getting busy

The weekend was very full and busy, starting with a packed Saturday. We started with a visit to the mother-in-law to pick up something for Son #2 who’d had an…

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Monday 13 May 2024: Another dental appointment!

First job Friday was rejigging the schedule over the next few weeks. I had to move a lot of things down the calendar that I didn’t get around to over…

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Friday 10 May 2024: Halloween in May?

The Halloween cosy mystery novella course consists of a lot of prep and background work. Up to yesterday, that’s what I was working on. Watching videos, reading notes, and printing…

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Thursday 9 May 2024: Cosmos? A word…

I had a steady day yesterday alternating between study and editing. At the moment I’m throwing everything at the Halloween novella writing course because it cost me money. A lot…

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Wednesday 8 May 2024: Reviewing the situation

What a terrible month we’ve had so far. Apart from our wedding anniversary. We had a nice day on our wedding anniversary and we went out for a lovely meal….

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Wednesday 1 May 2024: The month ahead

White rabbits! Oh my goodness, we had a busy evening on Monday trying to find a campsite for our next jaunt. Almost everywhere was fully booked on every date we…

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Tuesday 30 April 2024: April wrap-up

Gosh, April has been one of the fastest moving months all year so far. I can’t believe I’m already writing the month’s wrap-up post! But first, the weekend… We set…

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Monday 29 April 2024: Short n sweet

Although Friday was supposed to be about the editing, I did do a few other things as well. And it was a short day in any case. I shared and…

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Friday 26 April 2024: Locked in!

Thursday morning I caught up with reading I IS FOR INNOCENT. I didn’t warm to this one straight away, but I think that’s because I didn’t really like H. However,…

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Thursday 25 April 2024: Getting ready to go camping

I put a chicken in the oven for tea on Tuesday night, but I didn’t really like the smell of it. I let it cook for about 30 minutes, to…

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Wednesday 24 April 2024: The Undercover Project has begun

The first job on Tuesday morning was to feed the dog, give him his medication, and feed the birds. The birds have been making a bit of a mess, recently….

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Tuesday 23 April 2024: Meet Peggy

We had such a busy weekend, which wasn’t helped by the fact that Monkey Dust had a gig on Sunday at teatime. Some people like to go to gigs on…

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Monday 22 April 2024: A new adventure?

The blueberry crumble I made on Thursday was absolutely gorgeous. I made 4 dumplings as well to put in the casserole the poet had left on the hob while he…