Friday, August 28, 2009

Making School Libraries Statutory

If you've got a second, please look over and sign this petition to make school libraries statutory. Children have far too little contact with books as it is. Without school libraries, I'm positive some kids would get away without seeing books at all.

And, if that's not incentive enough, you can keep a watch on the petition for all the famous authors/illustrators and publishers signing up!

http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/literacy/

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Lively Elizabeth- you GO, Girl!!!

Ahh, today has been a little cracker. I woke up KNOWING it would be a goodun. True, there were no Disney birds or puffy-white-haired, pepperpot ladies whipping me up a ball-gown from stray table cloths- Quite frankly though, I'm not sure that that wouldn't have been distinctly creepy, anyhow- surely a day that starts off that way, ends with padded walls, padlocks, and rocking in the corner....

However, today just felt good from the word 'go'; Which is quite glorious, since yesterday I was in a complete stinker of a mood, and stomped about getting terribly irate with inanimate objects.
'Grr, Hoover- you suck!'

-Well, actually, ours doesn't- not since something large and suspicious dislodged itself from behind the laundry bin and disappeared, scuffling its' protest all the way up the nozzle, like your average asbo teen trapped in a police van. My inner-Columbo deduced that it MIGHT once have been a sock... Anyway, our Hoover let out one last wheezy groan of pain, and exploded, with a 'pumph!' in a cloud of dog's bottom fur and toenail clippings... See, now I'm actually getting quite teary thinking about it, Poor Hoover- All the good times we've had together; me grunting and sweating, while it gently wafted dust about and deposited it MERE centimetres away from where we started... No, no, actually, just like the dust, I make a U-turn and return to whence I came- Stupid, cheapass vacuum- why couldn't you have been a Dyson like your cousin?!

But, back to today,

So far, its' immense beauty has manifested thus-ly (is that a word?)

* I listened to Imogen Heap's new album, followed by the song, 'Koop Island Blues' (guaranteed to make anyone feel just that smidgeon cooler than God intended)

* I consumed two jam donuts before breakfast (Yes, I know, but, look, if I have to pay tax, and all that other goshdarned, dull, grown-up gubbins, I most certainly am going to take advantage of the few fabulous advantages of being an adult! The other's being, of course; NOT having to have a bath before bed and the ability to use a plethora of 'colourful,' language concoctions whenever you like- particularly when addressing household, cleaning apparatus...)

And this is the stonker

* I just got word that 'Lively Elizabeth' shall be winging her way to THE STATES, when the book comes out next Spring. When I read the email, I actually did that little hand clap you see 2 year olds do. And then I punched the air, 80's style- just for good measure. And since then, I've been bouncing about like an idiot. It's probably the best news the book could have gotten at this point. Huzzah! I don't yet know any more details than that, but I'll let you know when I find out.

Also, following a final frantic weekend of 3.45am starts and 11pm finishes, the insides of George and Ghost have been signed off by everyone and gone off to proof now- Admitedly, many of the last minute tweaks were under my own governing. The cover is also pretty much done (I hope). My editor is pleased, but it still has to tiptoe quietly past the Big Cheese at Hodder, Anne McNeil. Also, Rights and Sales, and obviously, Catriona Hoy, the author. At this point, my work feels kind of like Atreyu in The Neverending Story; You know, the part where he has to get past the sphinxs without them opening their eyes and turning him to stone! However, I really like what Claire and I have put together, so I hope it makes it in one piece. Anyway, it would be great to show you a little more of that, very shortly.

Right, now I'm off to pay attention to that third (and highly lonely) donut and to watch my boyfriend kill things in the new Batman game. Ahh, a celebration fit for a King! *ahem*

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Introducing George and Ghost

I have just consumed the hugest plate of feta, pitta, roasted peppers, salad, hummus and olives (Actually, I lie. I aspire to eat the very sophistication and chic that is olives... Unfortunately I find them to taste like one's mouth after a bout of gastroenteritis. Either that, or the inner sole of an athletes' shoe...) However, despite the fact that I can't stand the things, I always feel a sense of joy when olives are placed on my plate. There's an immense gladness that the waiter hasn't taken one look at my inane grin and swiftly replaced them with alphabetti spaghetti...

Anyhoo, I 'did' lunch. 'So what?' You ask. 'You went to lunch. Big deal!' Firstly, yes it was, thank you very much; All that food for a fiver- Bargain! And secondly, you're completely missing the point! I had TIME to do lunch!!! Which means, HUZZAH! I've FINISHED THE BOOK!!! *

*Well, almost- I still have the cover to do, but don't you be raining on my parade, now!

Good grief! And it feels really good. I'm very fond of the journey this book's gone on. The author, Catriona Hoy seems pleased, and Hodder too. I think we're all feeling a bit collectively chuffed that it's all gone so smoothly thus far. As per usual, all could go belly (and many other body parts) up at Frankfurt, or else maybe the thing won't sell when it comes out. However, I think I'd still be really proud of it.
I had intended to take the week off; to mooch about, take a pick-axe to the washing up, and watch horribly atrocious movies . However, as we've previously discussed, I'm simply no good at time off. Thus, I've already started on a new project. I'll let you know how it goes. Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more...

Thursday, August 6, 2009

I'd like to thank my family, my dog, my cat (who's now dead) and the bin men- for doing such a goshdarned good job!

Ok, I feel quite guilty as I've been such a horribly bad blogger of late, but the lovely Studio Petite has awarded me with the 'One Lovely Blog' Award. Thank you very much, Studio Petite. Sorry, I've been a bit rubbish of late- I felt I needed to stick up a new post before I could accept it! Please see, 'Ooh, hello, do you come here often?'
The condition of the award is that I pass it on to 15 other blogs, I consider to be topnotch.

So, with no further ado, I give you the very wonderful;