Thursday, January 28, 2010
Although the last time I met a famous person (Henry Winkler, AKA Fonzi) I felt brave enough to give him a copy of my book, this time I did not feel cool enough, and I did not feel that the books I have published so far were the kind of book I would want Jasper Fforde to know that I've written. Call me silly, but I wished I could have handed him a shiny copy of one of my darling, as-of-yet-unwritten books that are going to be best sellers.
Mr. Fforde was very nice. Very smiley and congenial.
As I brought with me a paperback copy of Something Rotton (haven't read it yet!) and recently purchased paperback copy of First Among Sequels, I felt the need to explain why I was not hugging his new hardback Shades of Grey close to my heart.
"I'm a little behind on your books," I said.
"Oh, have you just recently discovered my writing?"
Well, no. I explained how my friend from Scotland (Jeff!) sent me the first Thursday Next book a few years ago, but the reason I wasn't buying his newest one was becasue I'm a starving writer myself.
He said, "Really?" all smiley, and thought that was great. I did not offer any explanations as to what I had or had not written, published, or been paid for. I felt too nervous.
So then he said something like, "Well, perhaps you should steal it. I suppose I shouldn't tell you that. But years from now you could write about how you were so poor that you had to steal one of my books from Waterstones, and how you were arrested for it and spent time in prison. It would make a good chapter in a book."
Then I told him that my only gripe with him was that he had gotten to his ideas before I had. He said that that happens to him as well, with other writers. He said it can be annoying when someone takes a fairly simple idea that a lot of people have had and makes it their own. It was nice to know that the big guys have this frustration as well.
I was tempted to tell him about my sister Page's and my hash stories which are pretty much as close to being as cool as his books as anything else ever has been, but I decided that as these are not yet shiny, published-by-Harper-Collins, latest and greatest hardbacks, unaffordable-to-starving-writers--I left it. (Besides, I didn't want him to steal the ideas!)
That was prety much it. I didn't want to stand there with my mouth hanging open trying to think of anything else to say, so I left it at that. I said thank you, and that it was nice to meet him, he affirmed, and I walked out, cuddling my two signed copies and despite physically sensing the metaphorical kick-on-the-backside, which of course meant: Thou shalt ride on this high and be encouraged that thou canst be just as rockin' awesome, I felt great. :)
Friday, January 15, 2010
For more information about my tiny animals, or about the club, visit my Etsy shop, or send me an email to: moss mountain shop at gmail dot com. :)
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Meanwhile, I am planning a Fantasy Feature for my blog. I plan to showcase several really cool fantasy-related Etsy shops over the next few weeks. You can find out more by posting in the "Fantasy Feature" thread in the Etc. category of the forums, or by contacting me via Etsy message or leaving a comment on this post.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Meanwhile, I've gotten some crafty books from the library in hopes that some of the patterns will help me figure out how to make a pattern for some mouse dolls I've been asked to make. I'm struggling to come up with the right design.
Also, I'm working on some more tiny holiday animals, including a tiny white Valentine bunny, and a tiny white St. Patrick's Day mouse.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
At this point, I also have to say that I love Bluetooth and that it allows me to snap a picture on my phone, send it to my lappy, and upload it to my blog in a matter of seconds. It makes blogging so much more fun.
Now, back to the oatmeal. I'm making Nutty Oat Bread, a spur-of-the-moment recipe created by Girl On A Bike. I love her ingenuity. And of course, as you know, I love oatmeal, so I may as well give the recipe a go!
Sorry to say this did not turn out well. The problem was, I trusted the back of the packet of dried fast acting yeast when it said I could use it normal bread recipes, not just in the bread maker. It lied. As the King of Siam would say, "It was a false lie."
I'm sure the recipe would be great with proper yeast. I'm going on a yeast hunt next time I am in a store. I tried to find it in Asda but I guess I wasn't looking in the right place.
Friday, January 8, 2010
As I sit here, I am supposedly working on a novels synopsis. I have in fact typed out, briefly, what happens in the first chapter. That may not seem like much, but it's certainly a start for the mouse who has not done much writing at all in the last year. The mouse has been so lazy and disheartened about writing for so long, and it's time to get cracking yet again.
I am also doing some reading on HM Revenue and Customs Web site to find out what I need to do for self employment taxes this year. It's actually looking easier than I thought it would, if only because I actually understand what I'm reading on the Web site. Taxes become so complicated when you are an expat, and you are both employed and self employed with two businesses.
But back to my novel plotting and my gloating. One can never gloat too much, especially if one is a mouse.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
All buses in Merseyside are canceled. That means that we cannot get to the Royal Mail depot to pick up my two parcels, so my Christmas gifts have been delayed again! At least one of the parcels is definitely a Christmas present, and the other one could either be a Christmas present or a box of books from my publisher.
The other day I got my first author copy of the three-in-one Mainley Mysteries. They are now selling on Amazon and should be going into Wal-Marts soon. We hope to sell enough to earn back our advance so that we will get some royalties! :)
But, back to the snow and ice. Because all the slush froze solid during the night, everything is a sheet of ice this morning. Trains are still on, but apparently no buses or taxis are running. Thousands of schools are closed.
I expect most stores and businesses are closed too. Our shop is certainly not open (not that I would have worked today anyway), but thankfully Somerfield down the road was open and we were able to get some essentials: deodorant, milk, cordial, bagels and ... um, yes, my husband brought home a pack of Cadburry's cream eggs because he deemed those necessities.
Meanwhile, I have finished my secnod musrhoom trinket box, and I also finished my pink dragon.
I hope you are finding things to keep you busy and happy while you are "iced in!" :)
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Nibbling my farmhouse cheddar, this mouse is so glad to be home in the warm. We hare having record cold weather and snow here in the north west UK. As a Mainer, snow is not unusual to me. Sometimes we had three, four, five feet of snow where I grew up. But this kind of weather is unusual to everyone around me, and it's kind of fun watch the amazement, delight, and consternation on the various faces I see around me.
We closed the shop at 4 today to make sure we were all able to get home safely. All the buses were stopped by then, and many of the roads closed, apparently. Thankfully the trains were still on. Before leaving town, I got a new pair of wellies (that's short for Wellingtons, aka rubber boots or rain boots) especially to make the quarter mile (or more?) walk from the train station to home. (I had already had to buy new socks when I got into work this morning because I didn't have time to change into appropriate footwear when I opened the door to leave and realized how slushy it was) ... Thankfully my manager had an extra pair of shoes in work and she let me wear them in the shop so with those and my new socks, I had dry feet even said feet did look like those of the Wicket Witch of the West (stripey black and white socks!)
So glad to be home "in the warm" as the English say. Now, back to my piece of cheese.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Oh, well. We weren't planning to go to church today anyway. Mouse's select mouse husband is off this week, and unlike in the land of the brave and the home of the free, british mice who preach seem to get a sunday off now and then and are not expected to attend church even if they are not working. That's a nice thing about british mice.
This morning mouse woke up to her first sale of the new year. Tiny bunny strikes again!
Put on a pot of coffee and threw in a dash of nutmeg (thank you, Luke from Gilmore Girls!), and read a few chapters of Tuck Everlasting. Only a few more chapters left. Might then have to start something else while I wait for Elizabeth and Her German Garden to arrive from Amazon. Hate waiting for books to arrive in the post. MUST HAVE them NOW! Heh heh.
But the point is, mouse still feels good about the new year. Lots of plans. :) And now going to put on some music and crochet some more on my pink dragon.