Saturday, January 10, 2009

Mummy, do you know what Daddy calls you...

I was innocently preparing the children for school- popping dishes into the dishwasher and so on when Heather pipes up;
'Mummy, you know when you do things that Daddy doesn't like.'
I sense danger in the air judging from the direction the conversation seems to be heading but give a wary 'hmmm.'
'Well do you know what he says?'
Now I am interested and worried, what if she is about to say something horrid that shouldn't come out of the mouth of little girls who are not even five yet!
'No' I say lightly, 'What does he say?'
'He says you're a silly cow' she says triumphantly, and then adds, 'but I don't think you are.'
Always on the alert for brownie points, she hasn't finished yet though!
'I think you should call him a silly horse though.' Clearly she hasn't mastered the fine art of insults yet but nevertheless a useful insight into what MR T really thinks.
He was embarrassed enough to blush when I asked him about it but vowed that Heather was in big trouble for grassing.
As one of my friends commented, 'How long will it be before someone comes calling once Heather blurts out at school that her Dad was going to get her for grassing and that he calls her mum a silly cow?
In other new my book Tumbling Through Life has now appeared on Amazon with it's cover and is ready to order, exciting but nauseating as well!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Horrah, my book is on Amazon

I was spending a quiet afternoon, well quietish if I am honest with a ten month old and a two year old when my phone beeped. As it was approaching school run time I checked it just in case it was a traffic jam or special event tip off which would require an immediate dash out of the door to secure a parking spot less than half a mile away.
Instead it was from a good friend saying ' I just saw your book on Amazon.' My first reaction was amazement as the publisher hasn't told me it is available yet but when I went over to Amazon and typed in my name, up popped my book Tumbling Through Life. No cover image or synopsis yet mind you and it says it's out of stock but you can order it and it has an isbn number and everything. I have to say from that point on it seemed rather surreal. A quick visit to the US version of Amazon and up it popped again and apparently in stock there.
Now I am worrying, what if someone buys it and hates it? What if I know them? What if they like it and I never manage to finish another manuscript, or if I do it falls short of expectation. I never thought the book appearing would make me feel so very vulnerable, it is like a little bit of me is invested in the book and so it's rejection or acceptance reflects on me too. Anyway only time will tell.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Snow Typical

Well after two weeks of holidays without any sign of snow we awoke today, the first day back at school and work to find a blanket of white. Having managed to traverse the treacherous roads to drop Matthew at pre-school I returned home. Heather doesn't return to school until Wednesday and she was itching to get outside, we have agreed however to wait until we have had lunch as the wrath of Matthew would be incurred should we venture out before he is home.
She did tell me however ' See Mummy I told you it was still Christmas!' not a welcome comment after the histrionics which accompanied the removal of the tree and decorations yesterday, now all I need to convince her is that it can snow when it isn't Christmas!
Lucy seems to be taking the Lazy Baby way of moving, she rolls and sort of commando crawls, she has the right idea of moving but perhaps the slipperiness of the wooden floor is putting her off having a go at pulling herself up or pulling her knees up under her and crawling. Matthew seems to have evolved into a human being that talks and everything. None of us can pinpoint when it happened but we have realised that we are now having proper conversations with him and far less tantrums as he is able to get his point across by conventional methods.
Heather is reading a book a day at the moment and Santa Claus seems to have got his presents right when he delivered her a whole host of Rainbow Fairy books, finally some books she can understand but still challenge her, this has been our main problem, soon I am sure we will move onto books about horses, her other favourite thing.
Also to everyone a happy 2009 and in these times of economic gloom I hope everyone comes through OK. As for resolutions - I am aiming to actually make some money from my writing and my book if it ever comes out, to be a good mum and do things with the children when I can, healthy diet and try to write each day, we'll see which one last the longest...