Friday, 28 August 2009

My life according to Neil Young


I was tagged by Nicola Cornick over on Facebook to do this meme and had such fun that I'm putting it up here as well. It was just lovely having all Neil Young's songs running through my head again. If anyone else feels like doing it, just cut, paste and carry on!

Using only song NAMES from ONE ARTIST, cleverly answer these questions. You can't use the band I used. Try not to repeat a song title. It's a lot harder than you think! Repost as "My life according to (band name)"

Pick your Artist: Neil Young
Are you a male or female?: Such a Woman
Describe yourself: Natural Beauty
How do you feel: Unknown Legend
Describe where you currently live: (Get Back to) the Country
If you could go anywhere, where would you go: California Sunset
Your favourite form of transportation: Cripple Creek Ferry
Your best friend is: Out on the Weekend
You and your best friends are: After the Goldrush
What's the weather like: Like a Hurricane
Favourite time of day: Harvest Moon
If your life was a TV show, what would it be called: From Hank to Hendrix
What is life to you: Bound for Glory
Your last relationship: Don't let it Bring you Down
Your current relationship: You and Me
Your fear: The Old Laughing Lady
What is the best advice you have to give: Long May You Run
Thought for the Day: Are There Any More Real Cowboys?
How I would like to die: Only Love Can Break Your Heart
Looking for: Where is the Highway Tonight?
If you could change your name, you would change it to: (Once an) Angel
Wouldn’t mind: Words
My soul's present condition: The Wayward Wind
Most Faithful Companion: Heart of Gold
My motto: One of these Days

Love ya, Neil!

Monday, 24 August 2009


Sometimes, organising the RNA Conference is a seriously fun job. Last week, for instance, I was in Greenwich speccing out the Queen Anne building,

the Painted Hall (no, we can't afford to eat there, but it had to be checked, right?),

the Queen Mary Undercroft (we might be able to eat there - wonder if they do beans on toast?),

and the view from the Trafalgar Tavern (we can afford to eat there).

And all on the hottest day of the summer so far in London.

Monday, 17 August 2009

Best laid plans...

This year I decided to colour-coordinate my hanging baskets. (Alan Titchmarsh, you have a lot to answer for). So on one side of the door, I filled the basket with yellow and white. It's pretty - but would have looked a lot better had all the yellow petunias not died.

The other side of the door, I filled the basket with glorious reds and oranges. Looks fabulous, doesn't it? Just as I envisioned it.

Until you glance upwards.

Did I mention we feed wild birds in our garden? Sometimes they're ever such messy eaters.

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Lunch and a book - can't beat it

Wonderful meeting at the RNACambridge lunch yesterday. I've never known two and a half hours fly by so fast. At our end of the table we discussed promotion, series books, why cleavages didn't exist in Regency times - oh and some of us also got our contributor copies of Loves Me, Loves Me Not!

This is the fabulous anthology of short(ish) stories by Romantic Novelists' Association members, put together to celebrate the RNA's 50th Anniversary next year. Contributors include Katie Fforde, Elizabeth Chadwick, too many others to mention and (as you can see in the photo) RNACambridge members Sue Moorcroft, Louise Allen and ME!

44 excellent stories - buy it, it's brilliant!

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

The good, the bad and the beautiful

The Good: off to the RNA Cambridge lunch today to have a lovely natter with discuss writerly matters with my lovely local friends

The Bad: physiotherapy on shoulder beforehand which for some reason makes things worse before they get better

The Beautiful: should get my Contributor Copy of Loves Me, Loves Me Not - the Romantic Novelists' Association 50th Anniversary anthology!

Monday, 3 August 2009


Aren't friends wonderful? Just when you're feeling all Mondayish, there's a ring at the bell and a sweating delivery man hefts a giant box from Interflora over the doorstep.

And all to thank me for doing something I thoroughly enjoyed doing anyway.

Love you, Katie!