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Tuesday, August 09, 2005
A SPECIAL THANK YOU!
Here's the big wave and special THANK YOU, as promised, for several excellent young Leeds library readers!

Greetings to SAM, EMILY, AMY, JOEL,BRITTANIE, and HARRY, and also to KIRSTY, KRISTIAN, LUC, EOGHAN, LIAM, COURTNEY, LAURA and GRACE, and anyone else, younger or old(er) whom I met today. Thanks also to Paul & to Maddie, and any other librarians. Hope you all have a lovely summer. PS. The orange juice and biscuits was a really kind idea, so thank you, Maddie!

(And for those of you still wondering, YES, I did get ten pages of story revision done! It's about to go off to the editor, so all I have to do is sit. And wait. And wait . . . And wait . . . Luckily, I already have tons of other stuff to work on.)
 
Saturday, August 06, 2005
JUST TO SHOUT . . .
Just to shout with joy and triumph that I have ONLY TEN MORE PAGES to revise before the END! Hooray a zillion times! THE THIRD ELEPHANT is almost done.

(Small panicky aside: but will my editor like this revised version? Will the mice survive? Dear reader, you'll have to wait till 2006 to find out!)

Back to work . . . plus yummy chocolate biscuit to keep me going!
 
Thursday, August 04, 2005
TWO THINGS!
Two things, one nice and one almost nice. One, I have heard that my four ghostly tales have been sold for Thai language editions, and second, that I have just got to the end of my current manuscript revision! Oh joy!!!
This revision is only an almost-nice, because I have to read through the whole novel tomorrow. With luck, it will only be small things to sort out. (But, oh dear, the story is rather longer now than when the editor last saw it! Fingers crossed!)
 
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Sorry for the lack of entries, but I'm mad busy just now, trying to get a manuscript finished, finished, finished.An odd time, living half in and half out of the real world while I keep my focus on the story.

Soon enough I'll be up and at it again. I'll be off to HULL, for WESTERN, GIPSYVILLE, FRED MOORE and CENTRAL CHILDRENS LIBRARIES, on Monday 8th August, and then on to LEEDS LIBRARIES: MOOR ALLERTON and CROSSGATES LIBRARIES on Tuesday 9th August. Then it will be over to YORK, to COPMANTHORPE and DUNNINGTON LIBRARIES on Monday 15th August, and to STRENSHALL and POPPLETON LIBRARIES on Tuesday 16th August.

Then, on Wednesday 17th August, I'll be telling my seven new historical garden stories in RHS HARLOW CARR'S "Gardens through Time" area, as part of their CHILDREN'S DAY CELEBRATIONS. So what will I make up for Diarmuid Gavin's 21st Century garden, I wonder?

Anyway, dear reader, if I see you at any of these SUMMER EVENTS, thanks for coming along - and do say hello!
 
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