I’m not sure about what I’m doing here – I want to post details of my latest books and get a link back to here to boost sales. Well, I thought that would be easy, now I’m not so sure. I’ll give it a day or two to see if I get any feedback and advice. On the other hand, this might not be read by anybody after all my messing about.
After two super weeks on holiday up in Yorkshire – Tour de France was fantastic – I seem to be way behind with my writing work. I can’t believe we are half way through July and I have only just got my latest novel to the publisher, Createspace, for approval after spending the winter months getting it up to scratch. Now the bad part comes for me – marketing it, any advice welcome.
The Yorkshire folk lived up to their name for hospitality – the Tour cyclists had two great weather days and thousands to greet them. Every place that could be reached seemed to be strung with yellow, and red and white spotted bunting. Old bikes painted yellow and even a field full of woolly yellow sheep, just wonderful.
Now I’m back to reality – several articles to finish and submit and another manuscript waiting for attention. Plus the good weather which doesn’t encourage sitting at the PC writing.
Just a bit of lightning up – the picture amused all us courtyard residents last evening – pigeons are not everybody’s favourite bird but this baby looked so cute and comfortable. It was gone this morning, rescued by mum, we hope.
Our youngest member of the family, Sienna, is two years old and she loves her books no matter where she happens to be. As soon as she arrives with us, out comes the book bag and onto Granddad’s knee for a story. I just hope that somewhere along the way this love is not lost to the electronic age. We’ve just got a 50th anniversary copy of Harry the Dirty Dog – a wonderful kids story.
We have some lovely grand kids and from time to time I get a really good photograph. The one below I used on our family calendar for 2014 with the caption – ‘HOW ABOUT A KISS COUSIN’ – Harlo is on the left and Sienna on the right. ‘Put it into a baby competition’, said a friend. So, I searched around to find one that I thought was suitable – until I got to the filling in details part.
Please tick a box – my choice was – Single Mum; Single Dad, Two Mums; Two Dads; Step-Mum; Step-Dad; Partners; Other.
What happened to the two parent family – shouldn’t that come first? At the risk of being dubbed old fashioned, I object to the term ‘Partners’ being used for a husband and wife – a partner is who you play a game with; dance with or maybe run a business with. I suppose as a grandparent I am ‘Other’.
Needless to say, this picture did not get posted in the competition.
On our Writelink chat session yesterday evening, taking photos of any old iron, rusted up chains, nails and so forth, I mentioned that last Summer I took a photo of an anchor in Appledore, Devon. I have this picture on my desktop right now to remind us of sunny times down there. Husband, David, says the only thing missing is the seagull perched upon it – but you can see one left its mark.
This is a quite by accident photo that gets people talking. Not being a very patient photographer I just have a simple, Canon digital camera which I point and shoot from time to time. This is one of the oddest results so far.
My admiration, and understanding, of new technology got greater yesterday. I flew from Cancun to Playa del Carmen along the beautiful Caribbean coastline with my grandson piloting. Fantastic! And even more so when you know that I was sitting at home in Market Harborough. What an experience.