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Home and Away (with the fairies)

How on EARTH can we be halfway through August already?  I'm sure I've entered some sort of time-warp where everything's speeded up.

It's been a busy month already as I've squeezed in a ten-day visit from my mother and a four day trip to the seaside, and I've a few days in Bruges with my daughter coming up next week.  I've already been to Prague this year, so have somehow gone from barely leaving my desk (loyal readers - if they're still out there - will recall my aversion to travelling) to zipping about as though I've got ants in my pants.

I still find travelling rather stressful and am always glad to get home, but seeing new places does give a fresh perspective, and spending time with loved ones is always (well, usually) a very good thing.

I'm looking forward to settling back into a writing pattern - oh, who am I kidding? I've never had a writing pattern - if I did it would look like this...

but I do miss the routine of writing when I'm away or entertaining visitors.  I've scribbled down the odd short story idea (odd being the operative word) but I need to start expanding them before I lose the drift, and I've made a tentative start on novel number four, so I'm keen to get on with that.

Excitingly, a publisher has shown an interest in novel two (I hope you're keeping up) so I'm waiting with bated breath to hear from my agent, but bearing in mind I've been at this stage before I'm keeping one foot firmly on the ground.

So if you see someone hopping about, looking blue in the face, please don't call a doctor.  Just pretend you haven't seen me.


Bernadette said…
Don't want to scare you, but we're actually several days past half-way...

Exciting news about novel interest. You will keep us posted, I hope, if you can sit still for long enough! B x
Cally Taylor said…
Oooh, that's very exciting about the publisher interest. Everything crossed for you. Xx
Librarian said…
Prague is a wonderful place! I've visited there several times in the late 1980s and wonder what it is like now.

Yes, travelling... I like it, but I love coming home, too.
Amanda said…
All that zipping about makes me feel tired. :-) I've got everything crossed for good news from the publisher. X
Sue Blackburn said…
What lovely places you've been to Karen - and, knowing you, you'll have come home with loads of story ideas (spit!!!:o)x

It is really scary how time just melts away!!

Great news about the publisher interest. Fingers and everything crossed for you XX

Wendy's Writing said…
Very exciting news about the publisher, Karen. Keep us posted about it, won't you.
Cait O'Connor said…
Good to catch up with your news. I am not keen on leaving home either but always enjoy it when I do - but LOVE being back home.
Cara Cooper said…
Good luck with novel 2, all sounds very exciting!
Jaxbee said…
I love that writing pattern :) And I'm a bit late to the party so I'm hoping you've heard back from the publisher and it's extremely good news?? Crossing everything for you.
Karen said…
Thanks for your lovely comments, everyone, sorry for not replying sooner it's been a busy couple of months (poor excuse, but I'm sticking to it!) xx

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