Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The Liar's Diary

I was looking at Neil Gaiman's blog and saw this post about a first time author who found out that she had cancer, and realised there'd be no way she could promote it. To help, many bloggers have done a lot of promotional work for her, linking to her book and building up the awareness.

Knowing how much work is involved in putting out a book, it seems only fair to blog about it too, if only to help out on the google ranking. So then, her book is The Liar's Diary, and her name is Patry Francis. And it was out in paperback yesterday!

Monday, January 28, 2008

Raised beds on the way

It's the time of year when I get exhausted from celebrating, and this year has had even more things to celebrate than usual. Probably most important after the 'book' thing, would be my 30th birthday in a few days time. The big one. The year when my body starts to disintegrate. I can't tell you how excited I am.

However, gardening presents often come my way, and this year is the year of the raised bed. The parents have ordered me some from here, and I can't wait to try and find 3 tonnes of soil to fill them. Well, that's not strictly true, but I will have to find a fair bit, and it will sadly mean shipping in some from somewhere, which I can't imagine is in anyway good for the planet. Or the worms that will be displaced from their holes.

A bit of digging will be required, I'm sure, but this is the time when the garden will come in from the cold and be welcomed back into my life. The house is now 'done up', (I am now officially known as the Polyfiller king having practised on numerous misplaced drill holes) and now it's the turn of the great outdoors. Woohoo! Roll on the Spring!

Friday, January 18, 2008

The Mousehunter launched

Last night was the launch party for The Mousehunter, held just up the road in The Bookseller Crow - the best bookshop this and that side of the River.

It was a terrific evening, and despite the dismal weather, the turnout was amazing. It was so good that even a few mice turned up.

To celebrate, I got out my baking hands - they'd been residing firmly in my pockets for a few months - and created some mousecakes. They were simple fairy cakes really, but with chocolate mice and mousetails. The tails were hard to come by, but if you look hard enough you can get anything in London.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Milo the Dragon

After watching the deluge this morning, and then a few hours spent gazing at the newly filled bird feeder, milo decided to adopt the position of the 'resting dragon'.

The sun was out, he was feeling lazy, hell, when's a better time to sit with your nose pressed against the wall?

Thursday, January 03, 2008

The Mousehunter on sale!

After years of wait, The Mousehunter's finally out. It's a weird feeling seeing it in the shops, and I'm reliably informed that it's even been spotted in Harrods, of all places. It all seems quite unbelievable!

A couple of weeks ago I had my first interview, which is now online at the Reading Zone website. That was a great experience, and a little scary, but there you go! The mice have escaped, and there's no hiding them any more...

There's a Facebook group I've set up - the Pirate Mousehunting Club - so if you're a member of that ubiquitous web 2.0 app, then sign up and get regular mice of the week in your inbox!

This year I'm planning to grow some veg. I really am. I've recently had my flat renovated, all ethically and eco-painted and floored, and next stop is the garden. There still won't be sprouts, but there will be rocket. And possibly a few mice.