Lockdown Diary – 2020 – 101 – Technology Rules

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The business matters I started to deal with on Sunday are slowly falling into place. However, I have decided for the sake of my sanity that one will be left until later. One looks to be completed. Yay! The third is ongoing, but I did make good progress yesterday, after the domestic goddess stuff convinced me I was on a winning streak, and it’s now a matter of waiting. It did mean I lost all my writing time to it. Using modern technology requires so much embedded knowledge many of us oldies don’t have – I sometimes think I’d have more success baking a cake in the oven above. (Really? Ed)

We’re all good at waiting.

Anyone else from the Edinburgh area remember The Howgate Inn? One drove out and ate spinach soup and open sandwiches in low-ceilinged rooms. It came to mind yesterday when we were eating my spinach soup at lunchtime. I don’t have the Howgate’s recipe, but must have stumbled on their combination – or something close to it – because the flavour and the texture took me right back there.

DH won at croquet and, later, at bridge. I paid the papers and topped up the Stockan’s oatcake supplies – buy local. Storm damage in the garden means I have a huge bouquet of delphiniums gracing the hall.

Looking forward to my Appetite Delivers meal this evening. I’ve secured my date! Will we dress up?

On the weekend of the RNA conference they’re having an online event. I’m signed up and have voted in the online AGM. To mark it and as part of the ongoing 60th anniversary celebrations (thanks Covid- 19) the Scottish chapter is having a facebook event on Sunday 12th July. It will concentrate on historical fiction authors based in Scotland and also members of the RNA. We’d love to see any of you across there and you may discover the writer you’ve been waiting for.

One of the Scots came second in the prestiguous Jane Austen Literacy Foundation competition 2020. The results are here and many congratulations to Mairibeth MacMillan and all the finalists and prize winners. The winner was Cathryn Goddard.

Longish entry this morning. Are your horizons widening?



Fascinating I Am

Amy Winchester, Press Officer at Harper Collins, said recently that authors ought to pay attention to what is interesting about them as a person because nobody wants to interview a book. The full post from the online Romance Festival is here. So what’s interesting about me? Can I find five things you didn’t know, Dear Reader?

Fascinating Fact One:  I’ve been able to knit since I was four – taught by my granny.

The colour of romance Image courtesy of Gregory Szarkiewicz / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The colour of romance
Image courtesy of Gregory Szarkiewicz / FreeDigitalPhotos.net


Fascinating Fact Two:

I’ve swum in the sea off Stromboli.

Fascinating Fact Three: I have medals for Highland Dancing prowess.

Dancing shoes with medals

Dancing shoes with medals

Fascinating Fact Four:

Food is my favourite food. Oh, all right, spinach soup with a dash of cream and sprinkling of nutmeg.

Fascinating Fact Five: I have been interviewed on telly. Lasted maybe ten seconds, so there’s opportunity for the other fourteen minutes and 50 seconds. Thanks, Andy, something to aim for.

So there you go. What is it that the reading/writing public doesn’t know about you? Share it here.

http://goo.gl/pASdjp Mariah’s Marriage amazon US

“Oh, Mariah, let us not quarrel. We will be married within the month. At least your papa’s house contains plenty of books. You may practise throwing them.” anne stenhouse

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http://goo.gl/PKptQg Bella’s Betrothal US

 …a solitary figure ahead among some gorse and shrubs. Charles thought she made a beautiful picture in her riding habit with the exquisite hat Jenny Menzies wished to inherit. He thought the girl might get it sooner rather than later if he followed his instincts. At that precise moment, he wanted to shake Bella hard. Then he would lock her in the castle in Strath Menzies and hold her forever. anne stenhouse

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