Every year my Mum throws a lady's hat tea party. The requirements are
simple: cook something fabulous, wear a silly hat, and come lounge about
in her garden swilling tea and gossiping for an afternoon.
was pure propinquity that it happened to fall on mother's day weekend. I
showed up Friday for a mini ode to the Mum and then was set to work
Saturday morning before the event.
30 odd years my mother has finally determined that she is best getting
me to do small artistic fiddly things and leaving the muscle elsewhere.
It's not that I'm delicate. It's just that compared to her I am, and I
don't like to get dirty. And, frankly, one of the few things I spoil
myself with since I became proper earning author is the occasional
mother, on the other hand (oh, see what I did there? hand = manicure,
oh aren't I punnish this morning?) is a tomboyish gardener type. She has
more energy than that pink bunny and is not in favor of manicures. How
she spawned such airy-fairy girly-girl has been a continual mystery to
her these thirty years or more.
Anyway, where was I? Oh yes. So with chairs moved and cooking done, I was put to doing the flower arranging.
been living in an apartment of some kind or another for simply ages
now, without access to her garden, which is amazing, and I had forgotten
how much I loved flower arranging. So I guess this is basically a
rambling post about that.
writing news, I'm slaving away on the first rewrite of the second book
in the Finishing School series. Editing, quite frankly, is even more
dull a subject to blog about than flower arranging. Although, given the
cutting, trimming, stripping of excess bits, and putting things in one
place and then moving them to another not, in the end, all that
dissimilar. And liable, I find, to end just as easily with the author
beast damp, confused, but triumphant.
PROJECT ROUND UP
Deportment & Deceit
~ The Finishing School Book the Second:
Working first draft.
Etiquette & Espionage
~ The Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 2013.
~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless
) First chapter reviewed, drops on YenPlus
April 12th. Print release tentatively
~ Parasol Protectorate Book the Last. Out now!
~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First:
Release date Fall 2013.
Quote of the Day:
"That is a good book which is opened with expectation and closed with profit."
~ Amos Bronson Alcott