As usual much time has passed and I've realised with guilt that I've neglected my blog. I've said it before, but it's lucky my blog and or Facebook pages aren't children, or they'd have been taken into care by now. I'm not very on the ball with keeping up with the keeping up, if you catch my drift?
I'll try and offer some lame excuses now. So... It's been a bit crazy at our house. Our daughter Kim (our baby) has turned 13 so Cian and I are now officially living with two teenagers. Back to school happened on 25th August so we're in full flight by now. It's exhausting overwhelming and as both are now in secondary school, and the days are long. I wish I could give them a day off (every second day) because so much is expected of them and they have the whole teenage thing going on at the same time... But the world isn't always an easy place to be and unfortunately this is where the lessons in life begin. I know we're all conditioned into believing that all these long hours and constant bombardments on every one of their senses are very important and they'll thank me in long run. But there's a tiny voice in my head that often tries to interrupt my logic by whispering that it's all far too regimented and narrow minded. Am I the only one who feels the one-size-fits-all education system is extremely outdated? I wish secondary school teens could hone in on the things they enjoy and are good at. There is so much emphasis on learning stuff off by heart and spewing it back onto a page at the right time. Much of it seems totally irrelevant to my teens and I have to agree. All the same, I have to (and do) make all the right noises and encourage them as best I can. So I offer meals (most of which they don't want to eat) and try not to annoy them. Mind you, some days I manage to be hideously embarrassing and annoying by merely breathing... I know, I'm talented.
It's part of the job description of being a mum that everything is my fault. I'm OK with that.
The exciting news is that I have another book on the horizon! It's a Christmassy one and as usual I had a ball immersing myself in all things glittery and sparkly. It's called The Heart of Winter, and I sincerely hope you'll all enjoy it.
It's a re-visit with some of my previous characters, namely the Craig family from Driving Home for Christmas and Jodi Ludlum from Perfect Wives. It's out on October 9th.
Meanwhile, I've been putting the final few words to my next novel, The Secrets We Share, which won't be out until 2015. It all takes a long time, you see. The writing bit is the first port of call. Then there's editing and copy editing as lots of talented folks squirrel away in the background designing the cover and orgainsing sales etc. So the Secrets We Share ball is rolling! I'll let you know more about it soon, but this book is probably the most personally emotional one I've written since Designer Genes or indeed Talk to the Headscarf. The story behind The Secrets We Share was inspired by my late Grandmother. I'll fill you in soon!
I hope you're all easing into Autumn. I'm holding onto summer by my fingernails. I haven't worn socks or boots yet although it's all imminent!
On the cancer front, I'm doing well. I'm on three weekly chemotherapy, which is manageable. As far as I know the lumps and bumps are gone. But scans in the next while will confirm that. I feel stronger with each passing day and I know I'm out of the horrors for the moment. I was utterly shattered by the 50 fractions of radiation I endured, but it was SO worth it.
Once again I am astonished by the resilience of the human body. How mine is still going amazes me when I stop and think about it, but here I am! My hair is growing back (I lost a lot of the back of it during treatment) and I'm slowly feeling more like me again. I am grateful to be alive and feeling so well. I know I am surfing on the crest of the new wave of cancer treatment that allows people like me to survive and keep going. It's a blessing.
I'd better go and do some more work. Sadly in my job, nobody else can do it for me!
Mind yourselves and try not to sweat the small stuff!
Love and light
P.S. here's the cover of the new book!! excited.com