Exciting news about the Sisters of Sin and Christmas telly

Good morning from dreich and overcast Scotland. And no the pictures used in this post are not recent ones taken from the lovely scenery around about me. Unfortunately, we’ve not had any snow yet. 🙁  I love the snow. However, we’ve had a bit of rain and there was a smattering of snow on the hills overlooking Port Glasgow. Anyway, to assuage my desire for snow I’ve decided to enhance this post with pictures of it that were taken in Scotland.

Firstly, the exciting news. The Sisters of Sin books are in production and the first one is due out at the beginning of June. Woohooooo!!! I know I’ve been talking about this for two years now, but we’re ready to go. We have a core group and we’ve recently invited two guest authors to join us. I cannot wait to get this series out. Watch this space for more details!

So, how was your Christmas? Hope you had a good one. As the rest of my family were away doing other things, it was just me and my two kids, three dogs and four chickens for Christmas this year.  I spent the day watching crappy movies on telly, flicking through the numerous books I got and eating chocolate and we had stuffed chicken and veg for dinner. I much prefer chicken to turkey which is why we had that. Turkey is okay, but I much prefer the taste and texture of chicken. We had chocolate log for afters. Was a nice, quiet kind of day. On Boxing Day we just had buffet type nibbles for dinner. Easy peasy.

I’ve just realised I haven’t posted anything for quite some time and, to be honest, the reason for that is partially because I have nothing to tell you. I’ve been working and because of Covid I had to cancel several nights out I had planned. This included an ABBA tribute act, a lunch with my besties and a night out at the Barrowlands to see Goodbye Mr Mackenzie on their 30th anniversary tour.  I was not happy, I can tell you. However, I felt in the circumstances (ie the Omicron variant is running rife in Scotland) it was the best thing to do. It’s meant we couldn’t enjoy our Christmas break as much as we’d like. I had also planned to take the kids out to dinner in Glasgow. We love going to see the Christmas lights and then getting something to eat.  Sigh. Never mind. Surely this bloody pandemic will be over soon!! They say the Omicron variant isn’t as dangerous, but what it is doing is forcing people in key jobs to take ten days off work which in turn is putting pressure on the health service, police, supermarkets, their supply chains and public transport. We were already seeing the effects of the variant on public transport before Christmas. Anyway, all these events I had to cancel will be rearranged…that’s a promise!

On to books. I’ve been reading Ali Smith’s Hotel World (superb book) and Edmund Blunden’s Undertones of War (also excellent) as part of my OU course. I’d never normally read either, but this course has opened up a whole new avenue of writing for me. Ali Smith is a brilliant writer and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed Hotel World. Blunden’s Undertones of War is also good, but, and maybe it’s just me being tired when I read it in bed at night, I’m having to reread the odd passage or paragraph to ensure I get the full meaning of what he’s saying.  The first read often leads me to go: what? What’s he saying here and who’s he talking about? So, I have to reread it and sometimes I get the meaning and other times I don’t so I read on. I think it might be the language and the text tends to jump about from scene to scene to scene. Anyway, I’m still enjoying it. I’d better get it finished because I’m supposed to have done that by now!

What else has been happening? Have you been watching A Very British Scandal? Watched the first one last night and was hooked.  The Duke of Argyll’s behaviour towards Margaret is really nasty, but then she’s not really a nice character either.  It’s highly addictive watching. Going to watch the next one today.

We’ve been watching all the Harry Potter films and are now halfway through the first Deathly Hallows. Such great books and really enjoyable films. My daughter is a huge fan, so talks all the way through which is annoying. However, I’m still enjoying it. As a Terry Pratchett fan, of course, I watched the Hogfather. Love that version. Mark Warren as Mr Teatime is superbly creepy.  I’ve also recorded a few Christmas films to watch, including Elf and Scrooge (the musical), although I am hankering for a bit of Muppets Christmas Carol so may dig that out the Christmas DVDs box this afternoon.

Right, I must love you and leave you. I have a couple of thousand words to write for my second book in the Sisters of Sin series, my first one having been completed already, and I have to catch up on my uni coursework which has been sadly neglected recently.

Until next time!

Dawn xxx

Painting, linens and chooks

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I am exhausted. There is no doubt about it. All I want to do is lie down and sleep. You see, the kids are only just back at school having had two weeks off over the October break and during that two weeks I went a bit crazy and decided to decorate the boy’s room, empty and clear out the linen cupboard and get chickens.

The boy’s room was a nightmare to paint. I’d previously painted it yellow when the girl was born and the yellow took at least six coats of white paint to cover it up. Plus the boy wanted one of his walls a pale blue. Both of us worked on the room for about three days in total and it was a nightmare. It’s done now though… phew. I’ve also washed his carpet and I need to put his curtains up, three shelves and his DVD cabinet, but I’ll do that later today. He’s also got a new bed coming so that will have to be built.

I also cleaned out our linen cupboard. Both kids now have double beds so I decided it would be a great idea to clear out all the single bed sets and wash them to donate to charity. Five days later I am still doing washing – not because I have hundreds of bed sets, but because my darling children decided it would be a wheeze to add a tonne of their dirty washing on top of it. Sigh.

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Okay, on to the chickens. I’ve always wanted to keep chickens so applied to the British Hen Welfare Trust to take on four ex-battery hens. We got them on Saturday and they are lovely, although building their coup took hours and hours. We picked them up from a lovely house in Denny of all places and took them home. They’ve given us seven eggs already – all gone cos we’re greedy in here – and I look forward to getting some more. Unfortunately, the girls weren’t in the best condition when we got them, one of them was positively plucked, but I expect their feathers to grow and they’ll look lovely.

The only thing I was worried about regards the hens was how the dogs would react, but they’ve been fine. Casper had a bit of a bark at them this morning, but Millie (whose mission in life is to chase birds) has been more bemused than aggressive towards them. Phew.

So, with all that’s been going on in my life over the last week, I haven’t been doing any writing, studying or reading. Now that the house is almost back together again, I will be resuming my normal activities… well, once the house is cleaned and sorted. Because of the boy’s room being done and the chickens coming, there is stuff where it shouldn’t be and it’s driving me nuts. This afternoon is all about cleaning. Sigh. I hate cleaning.

Right, on that note, I will say goodbye for now. Til next time.

Dawn xxx