Archive for December, 2008

2008 Review

31Dec08

Well, here we are at the end of another year, so I suppose it’s inevitable that I’m sat here taking a moment to reflect on everything that has happened this year, before opening the ground of 2009 and setting my goals for next year. It’s been a funny year, with more than it’s fair share of […]


So, here I am. It’s Christmas Eve, and I’m sat at my laptop with a very nice glass of red. We’ve had a lovely day with my brother and his family, and now it’s all quiet and I’m just gathering myself before powering down for Christmas, as it were. The children are all asleep (or […]


Santa baby

22Dec08

Santa baby, slip an agent under the tree, for me I’ve been an awful good girl Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight Santa baby, a magazine acceptance too, or a few I’ll wait up for you dear Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight Think of all the fun I’ve missed Think of all […]


Bring it on!

22Dec08

Well, it’s Sunday night and I’m sat here with a warming glass of Remy Cognac and all is well with the world. All the presents are wrapped. The cards are all written, and gone, although the last few looked like a spider having a fit in an inkwell rather than actual handwriting, but there you […]


Great news! This morning I got a nice thick packet in the post . . . and as I was wondering what the heck it could be (all my online Christmas Shopping has arrived), it dawned on me that this package was kind of book shaped. And indeed, that is what it was. A very […]


I came across this list of banned books over at ljcblue’s blog, and though I don’t usually do these, this one caught me . . .  Some of them surprised me (how could James and the giant Peach be considered offensive?????), and some of them have inspired me to go and read these books, some […]


My children hate stew. It’s utterly incomprehensible to me. I love stew. I always have done, in all its forms, as the ultimate in cold-weather winter-comfort food. Their hatred of it causes me a huge headache at least once a week. The activities schedule (my calendar has been known to make grown men (i.e. t-o-m) weep) […]


“The flowers have all gone” – rejected by Abyss and Apex today. Well received but decided not to publish. Hope I’ll consider them again. That’s good?? – straight back out to Fantasy Magazine with a couple of minor tweaks. no messing about.


Minni Bellaboo is the naughtiest child we’ve had. That’s t-o-m’s view, as stated yesterday when she’d unpacked his CD tower for the eleventy-zillionth time and ice-skated across the floor on his U2 album. (no bad thing, imo, but he doesn’t quite see it that way). I’m not certain I agree. I think it’s purely that […]


bye, bye, Sky!!

15Dec08

Hooray! We got a Freesat HD Box today, and despite an afternoon of cursing as various bits of related technology did/did not work correctly with it, t’old man (t-o-m) finally got it up and running this evening. It is of an order of magnificent on our projector, and I swear it sounds better too, although […]