Sunday, December 6, 2009

The Christmas Spirit?

No, sorry- it's only me!

Well, Winter's taken hold like a bad habit. I have a chill in my bones and icicles for tootsies. I've managed to accumulate an extra layer's warmth... in blubber, as the surprising diet of mince pies for brekkie has become part of my recommended daily allowance. Well, how else is one supposed to feel good about the 24/7 rain, and the excessive application of darkness at this time of year?

So, I know you're probably all dying to hear of the fizzing gossip and champagney, conversational, bubbli-ness of the Hodder Christmas party, but tough! I want you to hold on to your proverbial horses! In fact, how about making them a cup of tea and getting them to put their feet up? Because first, I want to talk about some other bits and bobs.

Right. So, I'm moving! Huzzah! But also... ahhhh! Yes, after wrangling with the entire Southern property rental market (oftentimes coming out black and blue all over- with the vague feeling that another small part of me had died) Liverpool and I are parting ways. We've been together nearly three years now; not quite long enough for marriage and kids, but it's certainly been no fling! I have good friends up this way now and little nooks and crannies I've claimed as my own. (Such as 'The Egg Cafe' off of Bold Street, and 'The Moon and Pea' on Lark Lane- splendid cake, I tell you!) I find myself missing it already.

Nevertheless, in a couple of weeks time, I'll be speedily putting up our Christmas tree in Surrey, in the effort to appear to myself that I've always lived there. Scary! I have to say, I'm fairly rubbish with change- mainly as it takes me a couple of years in a house to learn to leave my door keys in the same place each time. All right, I know it sounds small, but if it took you several days to get out to buy milk, you wouldn't be laughing either!

But also, there's the whole, 'making new friends' issue. Working alone has it's downsides. I don't know if you've ever tried it, but it takes a while to make friends in your own kitchen; A very long while. And if you achieve success, you'll almost certainly be carted off to the funny farm! So, yes, I strongly suspect I might have to LEAVE the house to find an answer to this problem- I'm getting the heebie-jeebies just thinking about it.

That said, I've already made two lucky discoveries. One is the talented Sam McCullen, who'll be living up the road from me, and the other is a group of Surrey children's book illustrators that meet up regularly for coffee and cake- I likes the sounds of that already! I shall keep you informed of my progress.

Ok, in other news; My website has been due an update for some time. Well, that's not really news, is it? Appologies- quite, quite mis-leading. Truthful, however. In fact, in the near(ish- let's not get too over-ambitious here) future, I do hope to revamp it completely. I'd like to add 'editorial' and 'advertising' sections, and I also have crazy, grand ideas to do a 'Lively Elizabeth' off-shoot to the main site, containing activity sheets and bits and pieces for kids to download. In the mean time though, you'll have to make do with the bare essentials. I've finally updated! HOWEVER, I'm awaiting my new phone number before I upload it, so I shall give you a yell once it goes live. Here's a glimpse of the new picture book section though.

Also, I recently got some surprising and rather thrilling news about 'Lively Elizabeth' AND 'George and Ghost'. Both have conducted themselves remarkably well and have gone off, behind my back, and sold to Israel! Excellent stuff! I had absolutely no idea that they were even being considered there! I do love that kind of surprise and I can't WAIT to see both translated. There's something that feels so very official and important about a translated book!!!
I've put up the pages of the Hodder Frankfurt Rights catalogue, concerning George and Ghost, for you to see.

What else? Hmm... I think that's all really. I suppose you can get those proverbial horses shod and saddled once more, as the only thing left to cover is the Hodder Christmas Party....

But, by Golly it's getting late, so perhaps that'll have to wait until tomorrow afterall....!


Hence72 said...

love the blog

cassia said...

Thanks very much! Very kind of you! :0)

April Jarocka said...

Good look with the move Cassia. I must say you are brave moving so close to Christmas. Be sure to leave behind those bin liners of christmas mince pie foil cupsy thingys of shameful breakfast debris!!! And I thought mince pie and custard for lunch was bad!!! lol

cassia said...

aww, April! Don't go giving me ideas!!! I'm getting to that, 'looking warily at my jeans' stage. You know, the one where you perform a mexican stand-off with them before going into a Yoda-esque trance (think thin, think thin) and finally attempt to stick an entire leg in before the zipper gives??? The thing is though, mince pies are TOOOOOO good!


Lynne Chapman said...

Congrats on the foreign editions m'dear!

I have a cunning plan... join a walking club when you get to the new abode: make new friends and work off those mince pies all in one - yeehah!

cassia said...

already on it actually, Lynne. I thought it'd be a great way for dogget and I to explore the Surrey Hills without getting lost. I think I'll be the youngest member by about 30 years, but I'm pretty sure I'll be the slowest too! :0)

Joanna Dover said...

Best of luck with the move!! Surrey has some great places- I lived in Chertsey and Richmond whilst I was there. Some great walking to be had for weekends, and some even better places to go for tea and cake if you fancy it after a walk!

Those are the most important things! Which town are you going to?

Katie MVD said...

I'm late to the party! I hope the move went well :)

I've been working from homw for 1 whole week now & I find myself having in depth conversations with the cats already, there is no hope!

All the best for 2010, Benjamin said he would like to come & visit you this year. I will do my best to make sure it happens but we all know he is a law unto himself.

Or just lazy ;)


Vicki Gausden said...

Hello Cassia,

Hope your move went well, I've just stumbled across your blog :-) although I really should be working...Being freelance and making new friends is certainly a difficult combo, but you've moved down to where I grew up (and my parents still live) and it's quite lovely around there. Sadly I de-camped and headed North or I'd offer to meet up!