I had to be at a meeting in Glasgow early yesterday. I struggled off the train at Queen Street with the last huge carrier bag of Sphinxes, which I put into the big round red postbox near the ticket office. Dunnit! Oh, what nice things Ross Bradshaw said about it on his very interesting Five Leaves blog. I am grateful . . .

I had to be at a meeting in Glasgow early yesterday. I struggled off the train at Queen Street with the last huge carrier bag of Sphinxes, which I put into the big round red postbox near the ticket office. Dunnit! Oh, what nice things Ross Bradshaw said about it on his very interesting Five Leaves blog. I am grateful . . .

So things are picking up, though not up enough. The Unread Squirrel and Laurna Robertson's Sampler are with Dolphin Press (Liz and Robert, the printers). Deborah Trayhurn's mock-up has been out to her, has swiftly returned for the final tweaks and should go to Liz and Robert tomorrow. Clare Best will be doing the last bits on hers this week, though Gill hasn't done the cover for that one yet.

Meanwhile, finally the STORY winners anthology is in first draft form. Just assembling the bio and about to send copy back to authors to check. Such an interesting set of stories. Extracts will also go onto the website shortly. Gill has got images to work with: here's the remit. One bear (the kind that has got a collar round its neck and gets lead round on a chain); one dentist's mirror; one cake; and last (and hardest) something that suggests riches, or maybe a shower of golden coins.

The big thing in the background is the accounts. Each year they get more complicated and seem to balance less! However, although it is going to be impossible this year to get Chapter 4 out before Christmas, the cards (Christmas cards) are done and there is a box of beautiful red envelopes.

So today's tasks: tie up Embracing Water, get another couple of reviews ready on the website if humanly possible, check new reviews that have come in, do the STORY extracts, send pdfs to authors, think about flyers, update the 'in print' list, do the next month of accounts. Oh somehow will have to get to a supermarket . . .

 

Front garden and birdbath looking bleak
Front garden and birdbath looking bleak