September 26, 2012
If you are reading this, then it is pretty much a given that you love, or at least like, the internet.
As a blog writer, can I say, I love you for loving it, and thanks! Knowing that at least some people enjoy your work makes it worth doing and is a wonderful, irreplaceable encouragement.
It’s also wonderful to know that it’s not just me. Because oh my giddy aunt, I do love the interwebs!
It’s writer heaven, the online world. Where else could I find detailed instructions on how to field-strip a pistol in the middle of the night? (When I need it for book research, natch. What were you thinking?)
And blogs, twitter and the faceplace keep me in touch with my tribe. Writing is a solitary business, but thanks to the internet, it doesn’t have to be a lonely one. I have met wonderful new friends here online, both writers and non-writers and I cherish them.
But… there are only so many hours in a day.
July 20, 2012
And now for something completely different…
The other day, I was hunting through some old photos on the computer for something and came across a digital bundle of shots I took on Rodeo Drive, LA, in the shop of the extraordinary Judith Leiber. Continue reading
June 17, 2012
In case anyone has noticed, I have been very slack with the Sunday posts of late.
(But look! Pretty picture of pretty sugar! I’m compensating! Kinda…)
This is for two reasons:
One is that my family had jacked up about the Twittering Blog Face activities and started insisting on me paying them some attention on the weekends. (You want me to clean up the yard and go and buy a barbecue? Oh, OKAY…)
The other is that I am trying (with only moderate success to date) to write an unprecedented number of words in the RWA 50k in 30 days challenge this month.
With the result that Sunday posts have become unreliable.
I hope normal service will resume, but for the time being, Sunday posts will be a moveable feast. If you want to be updated when there is one*, there are follow buttons on the top right of the home page, and I always put up links to them on my Facebook page and Twitter account.
Thanks so much for reading my blog. It’s such a joy to know that I’ve amused or diverted or assisted in some small way. I get a real kick out of it.
*I feel ridiculous writing this – as if you spend your life waiting for a Sunday blog post from me! Hardly. But one doesn’t like to be unreliable…
June 1, 2012
So, a few weeks ago, I started talking about what I think makes a man sexy. To begin with, it was all about the smile.
Then we had the second part, where I told how bravery, commitment and kindness do it for me.
The in the third part, I confessed my predilection for smart, funny and talented gents (not necessarily all at once).
Then there was a fourth one, which was silly, but full of coaty goodness.
Now, due to public demand (one person, I think, but don’t burst my bubble) we will have more coats, but also some slightly more serious analysis of the sexiness of the dudes among us. (I think it’s serious. Don’t judge me.)
To illustrate, I will call upon Mr Darcy:
And a couple of vampires:
May 25, 2012
Previously, these ‘sexy’ posts have been moderately serious, but to heck with it, it’s Friday, so I’m going a bit more old-school with the sexy characteristics today.
Today, it is all about the coat. Seriously, lads, get yourself a coat. In support of my argument, I offer, first, from the shimmering firmament that is the work of Joss Whedon:
Spike (From TV’s Buffy and Angel, played byJames Marsters)
May 23, 2012
Last week, I was all about the healthy, dinner food. But it’s winter and we need cheering as well as feeding, so this week, it’s brownie time! Don’t be put off by the lengthiness of the method. I like to explain. But these are easy and quite quick to make and taste fantastic.
Backstory: (writers please note: this isn’t a novel, so I am ALLOWED to put the backstory up front. Nernerneenerner!)
I had to make food for the child’s birthday celebration at school. Normally I make the Traditional Birthday Biscuits, cut into whatever cute shape is the craze du jour and ice them. But the child had a coeliac sufferer in the class so I went in search of a gluten-free recipe. The following is based on the normal brownie recipe in Nigella Lawson’s Domestic Goddess cookbook, with gluten-free adaptations based on a cruise of the recipes on the net. It’s a big recipe. It needs two brownie tins (or slice tins) and you can cut each into 24 pieces. If you are just making them to eat at home, you might want to cut the pieces smaller, as you can’t stop at one, and it helps with damage limitation!
May 13, 2012
It’s Mothers’ Day. That’s why my post is late up, because I have been being feted with breakfast in bed and coffee and macarons in honour of the day.
Regular visitors to this blog will know that Sundays here are for showcasing interesting people and projects. Mums certainly qualify, so today, this is for the Mums. This is my prayer and wish for you.
For the Mums
For the new Mums, who are overwhelmed with love and the responsibility of nurturing this tiny miracle that has invaded and taken over your life:
May you get the sleep you need, may help come when you need it and may you have faith in yourself and your mothering, even when the house has gone to pot and you feel that you have no idea what you are doing.
May 4, 2012
So what started as an off-hand reply to someone else’s blog post, has turned into a three-part extravaganza on my own little patch of the internet.
I promise I will stop after this one; not necessarily because I have run out of things to say, but because one really must draw a line somewhere and, well, people are beginning to talk…
Ahem. So, without further carry-on, here is my last set of manly characteristics that do it for me.