Sunday, 12 August 2018

Planes, boats, cars and monkeys

So if you'd read the title, you'd see that one of the four things does not compute.

Let me explain...

It's been a while since I've done a personal post on here. It's not that I haven't had things to talk about, but life has been full with good things.

I picked up my son up from his first year in uni in the middle of June. Good grief, he's been back almost two months. Since then, I've had a book release, travelled, had guests, written furiously, and my day job has expanded.

Let's start with the day job. I've worked for Dreamspinner in the Art department for nearly four years. That expanded to Art Coordinator a few months ago which means I'm more involved in the art process from start to finish. As of this week, I'm also working for the Marketing department as administrator. This is really exciting. It also means I'm now working full time for Dreamspinner. I'm still feeling my way through one job and now I'm taking on another one. I must be mad!

I realise that will reduce my writing time, but I work better under pressure, and I don't have any commuting time. I intend to give myself 'commuter/writing time' either end of my working day. Even with all the things I've done this in the last couple of months, I've managed to write 35k, which is really good for me.

Since the start of July, I've been to Euro Pride Con in Amsterdam, the Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate, and to Weymouth with my daughter to see my monkey.

Me with TJ Masters and Shaun Young
Planes - Euro Pride Con was a blast, and it was great to meet old friends, make new friends, and talk all things M/M. I was co-opted on the diversity panel after the wonderful Sid Love wasn't able to visit. He would have been the best choice, but I hope I was able to add to the conversation as a very late coming out bi woman.

LE Franks came back with me and we did some serious sight-seeing to Polesden Lacey and Brighton. This was the return visit after my trip to San Francisco several years ago. LE also made my kids' day with hugs bags of American candy!

We had a bit of an epic journey to get to London City Airport to make LE's flight to Dublin. It was during the heatwave and London is hard work in the heat.

Boats - Although the heat did lead to a wonderful evening on the Thames with JL Merrow, watching fireworks and tall ships.

Cars - Then I was off to the Crime Writing Festival with Clare London. Phew!

We had a wonderful weekend. This is us waiting for a talk with Lee Child and John Grisham.
They were really entertaining.
I love being a punter and being able to switch 'Sue' off for the day to listen to other authors.

Monkeys - Finally, I spent a wonderful couple of days in Weymouth with my daughter last week. On the way down we visited this young man. Zak, is a golden-cheeked gibbon at Monkey World. I have to be honest, there are two young males in the cage. We saw both, but I'm not sure this is my adopted guy. I'll say yes, just in case. He was front and forward, the other one stayed in the back.

This is part 1 of my catch up. Part 2 will come tomorrow.

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