Well, I didn't win the Novelicious competition (flicks away a tear) but thank you everyone who took the time to comment and vote for me, and congratulations to the winners (she says through gritted teeth.)
No, I mean it - the standard was high and I wouldn't be at all surprised if some deals are struck in the not too distant future.
On the plus side ... whispers ... I have a lovely new agent! I submitted my second novel - part of my German deal - a few months back and tried to forget about it. It attracted interest, I completed some edits, and on Tuesday was offered representation. Tiny squeal.
The contract arrived today and I'm meeting her in London next Wednesday.
I'm trying not to get my hopes up, but feel like a very lucky lady indeed.
In other news - I've mastered the hula-hoop to the point where I can do it for half an hour ... without even noticing. It's not even like proper exercise, but my waist has shrunk and I've got a six-pack.
Okay that last bit's a lie, but I wouldn't want one anyway. I might be tempted to keep showing it off, and start parading around in a crop top without my cardi. In the library.
Which wouldn't do at all.