NatProMo Day 2

Today was planned as somewhat relaxing and quiet as I was due to be working tonight.

At just after nine this morning though that all changed when I work called and asked me to go in four hours earlier for my night shift tonight.  This meant that I would not be seeing the Boyf today as I would have to be leaving before he got home from work.  It also meant I didn’t have as much spare time as I wanted to try to sleep before going in to work, which meant less time to do anything full stop.

So instead, what I did was fit in a quick trip to the post office, a row with the Boyfriend over the fact he’s currently working six days a week and a can’t have a day off, not  to mention being in a pissy because he can’t even fit in a quick lunchtime visit.

I followed that up with a lunchtime sandwich before heading off to bed.  Friday night traffic means leaving almost two hours early to get to work because the journey is going to be hell, and of course being at work means actually pretending like I do some of the stuff, and leaving me no time for anything else.

I have procrastinated better than I expected today, as the change in plans left much less time for which I needed to find alternative activities.


If you want to be a horror writer, do you have to be bald?

This year, on All Hallows Eve, I am heading over to Waterstones in Cheltenham for their Halloween Fright Night event. A delightful aquaintence of the Boyf and I is participating in the early evening event to showcase his awesome YA vampire novels, Blood and Alchemy, books one and two in the Mercian Trilogy.

The adult event which follows features the horror writers David Moody, Adam Nevill, Wayne Simmons and Joseph D’Lacey. All of these authors are new to me, because if there was one thing I’ve learnt from all my years attending book/writing festivals, that readings, and face to face events are a fabulous way of discovering new authors.

With this in mind, I decided to have a bit of a peek at their profiles on Fantastic Fiction.

I’m sensing a bit of a theme in appearance here….



Clockwise from top left, David Moody, Adam nevill, Joseph D’Lacey (the exception that proves the rule?) and Wayne Simmons

I’m off here…

to The Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate.


For this….


Usually when the festival comes round, I’m as excited as an apple fanboi who’s just been given free reign and an unlimited budget in an apple store, this year not so much due to recent events.

That said, it will prove a great distraction for the next few days, and I will be exactly where I need to be right now, which is amongst my friends.

I think coming home will be the hardest part and I am likely to fall harder and faster than same said apple fanboi, getting his credit line cut five minutes into his first shop. I’m not sure how I am going to cope getting back to an empty flat, with no yowly little bugger to perk me back up again..

Furniture shopping

Sitting on sofa’s, chairs, recliners, and more.

Standard backs, scatter backs, foam cushions, soft cushions, leather, fabric, or mixed, arm chairs, two seaters, three seaters, or corners, foot stool or pouffe?

I’ve seen and tried them all……


In the end we settled for a smaller version of this….

Now we just have to wait six weeks for it to arrive!

The Perpetual Motion Squad

Sorry, not Leonard’s Physics Bowl team from TBBT, but more the team of Boo and I at Crimefest.

Kick started by the delightful Matt Hilton, and his gregarious wife Denise, we sat on Saturday morning at a table in the hotel bar’s patio area, and we didn’t move. Over the course of the day, as people came and went from panels, discussions, lunches, agent meetings and other such demands, the group sat around us was in a constant state of flux, and it made for a quite simply the best experience of the weekend.

Conversation topics were hugely varied, highly entertaining, and even heatedly debated, with a diverse range of opinion, and discussion.

So I would like to say thank you to

Matt Hilton
Denise Hilton
Shiela Quigley
KJ Wignall
Simon Kernick
Steve Mosby
Lee Child
Damien Seaman
Kate Kinchen
Vincent Holland-Keen

and to everyone else who joined a our team for some part of the day and made our weekend as fabulous as ever.