Lockdown Diary – 2020 – 86 – Still Connecting

Exhausted Footwear

As the days pass and chinks of light appear down the tunnel, I’m meeting more and different neighbours while out on my necessary ploys.

Yesterday, I added a neighbour whose serious health issues have seen her at home for near enough 6 months and another who’s just been staying close (retired doctor), with his dog. At the same time one has to keep remembering the others. There are loads of people who are advised not to risk venturing out and we need to keep up our connection with them while our own horizons are expanding.

I was touched to be contacted by one of the folk I’ve been phoning as she wanted to know how my recovery from the dratted bee sting was progressing. Doing well is the answer, but I’m still checking and shaking anything I might be going to wear.

Project Emptying the Freezer is going well. Helped by the haar, curiously, because it doesn’t seem too weird to be making soup in June. Several organisations are planning AGMs digitally and I need to read the papers to see how I can contribute. Project family birthday coming up. Have card, goody bag items and dinner organised. Phew! Things that were once simple need so much advance organisation.



Diary of a Writer – May Writing Prompt – RNA Summer Party and Joan Hessayon Award

Why, you must be asking is that headline picture a writing prompt for Anne?

Name Badges for the 2018 Joan Hessayon contenders

I’ve been a Joan Hessayon contender – and a wonderful, really wonderful evening I had.

MuseItUp published my first Regency romance – actually on 1st May in 2013. Mariah’s Marriage continues to be available for many electronic readers. It’s also in a library near you through the Linford Romance series.

Anne by Marte Lundby Rekaa

I wasn’t the winner, but the whole team made me feel like one. Also, the lovely Rae Cowie came along specially to support me on the night and Jenny Harper and her husband Robin, were there, too. I’ve maintained links with some of the other contenders that night and I bought a copy of my individual photo taken by the talented Marte. I don’t photograph well, so that one is a particular pleasure.

Well, it’s a prompt because I’ve stepped away. Having been a member of the RNA committee for a few years now, it’s time to use my time for writing my stuff rather than  Facebook posts , Twitter tweets and committee reports.

I will miss the warm and talented guys I’m leaving behind, but  there are other opportunities to catch up with them. The first being the Summer Party which is being held in the fabulous Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. You can buy a ticket here and you don’t have to be a member of the RNA to do that. Come and meet some of your favourite authors in the flesh, as it were.

Now, if you live in Edinburgh, you can catch up with me and two of my Capital Writer pals at the Corstorphine Festival. We’ll be chatting with Sheila McCallum Perry, reading a little of our work and signing copies of our books (the other two here). We’re scheduled for Wednesday 30th May from around 7pm, programme out soon. Venue is CYCC, 191 St John’s Road.

Capital Stories a wee selection of our talent is available for the price of 99p. What else can you buy for 99p?