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.



Happy Birthday Miss Mariah Fox

It’s One Year Today since MARIAH’S MARRIAGE was published by MuseItUp of Canada.

Muse Banner Mariah's Marriage

Muse Banner Mariah’s Marriage

Happy Birthday. Miss Mariah Fox.

In the months since Mariah hit the e-publishing shelves.my writing life has changed in so many ways. Here are a few:

Social Media I’ve been blogging for a very long time. I had a blog on Writelink’s site for months before Mariah was published and wrote short updates of my writing experiences and how the various anecdotes I quoted fitted into what I wrote next. I was never able to crack the posting of photos on there and that is the first change. I can do photos.Accolade for Mariah's Marriage at RNA summer party??????????????????????

The one above shows the 2013 line-up for the Joan Hessayon award in London. Mariah’s Marriage didn’t win but I had a wonderful evening. So much so, I’m going again this year to support several friends who are listed for 2014.

Change Number Two get along and say hullo. Whether it’s electronically such as on another writer’s blog, or in person, if you’re in a market, you need to be seen. I’ve almost got my pathological need to lurk under control.

Change Number Three Write another one. Surely you’re always doing that? you ask in surprise. Surely I am, but this ‘another’ one is the picking up of a character’s story from Mariah’s Marriage. It’s one of the most difficult writing tasks I’ve ever undertaken, but I completed, edited, agonised and pressed send a few weeks ago. Waiting to hear.

Change Number Four Participate. Before Mariah’s Marriage was published, I didn’t enter things like the Elizabeth Goudge Trophy competition at the annual conference of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, but this year I will. I didn’t join in blog hops (didn’t know there were blog hops). I knew nothing of Twitter and my Facebook a/c was languishing. Goodreads ?? Well, Mariah’s Marriage necessitated changes in attitude all right. It’s the shop front and the shelves need dressing.

A copy of Mariah’s Marriage is on offer to one person, randomly selected, who leaves a comment before Midnight UK time, 10th May 2014. I’d love to hear from you. Did full length publication make changes in your writing life? Anne


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