Wednesday, 6 January 2010

I'm Back

Not that I've been anywhere. My Broadband connection threw a wobbly shortly before Christmas. Sky said it was an internal fault with our wiring, then the router took the blame, then BT said it was an error at the exchange. You know how it goes. Anyway, think I can safely say it's sorted and still we don't really know what the problem was. I do know it cost us - new wires, even new telephones. They did need changing I must admit.

So, what have I been up to? Well, we had a great Christmas get-together with the family. Played the Cranium Wow board game. Brilliant game! Even my 80 year old dad joined in. Here he is acting out his clue - 'auctioneer'!

Even funnier was Mum acting out a cat walk model using Dad as the model!

Below is some of the family ever so slightly intoxicated at this stage ;0)

New Year's Eve was rather dull in comparison. The kids all had their own parties to go to so Himself and I sat on the sofa and munched our way through a tin of Roses. Is it me or have they changed the assortment? Where was the coffee creme? And the toffee penny. Or are those from Quality Street? Dur!

Can't believe it's all over for another year. Back to getting some fiction written. I started something yesterday but my heart wasn't in it. Got a few more ideas but nothing that's begging to be written.

I've sent an email chasing a submission I sent to Take A Break back at the beginning of August. Norah can take up to 16 weeks sometimes but I've spoken to a couple of other writers who also sent July/Aug and they haven't heard either so maybe a batch simply disappeared behind the office gin cupboard...erm I mean photocopier. Or maybe they're lost in the post. Or an office junior neglected to let us know they were declined - so much nicer word than 'rejected' don't you agree! Either way, I need to know so I can send them elsewhere. Possibly with a tweak they can go to Woman's Weekly. There's also the possibility she's saving it for a future issue but I doubt it.

I'll leave you with a pic of my patio taken yesterday. It's stopped snowing now and the sun's shining. Hopefully we'll get a melt so I can get the car off the drive tomorrow and go shopping. Oh, and nearly forgot - Happy New Year! x

PS - I spent my Christmas cash on a Nintendo DS and have completed Prof Layton & Pandora's Box!! My kids think it's hysterical their old mum is hooked on gaming.


Julie P said...

That cranium game sounds a lot of fun, Sue, and well done your dad for joining in the fun - I would have loved to have seen the model on the cat walk!!

I had a few rejections from TAB just before Christmas and I'm expecting more from them any day now! But you never know, an acceptance may be winging it's way to you as we spesk.

Commiserations re the email/computer/ phone problems. Great when they work but a pain when they don't.

Happy New Year

Julie xx

Martin H. said...

Happy new year to you too! We are snowbound in the heart of rural Hampshire. We're having a terrible time of it, loafing about, refilling our coffee mugs and polishing off the remaining Christmas chocs. Oh well, never mind.

Elizabeth McKay said...

Happy New Year, Sue. Toffee pennies are to be found in Quality Street. I know that for a fact because I've got a box here on my desk as I type. I only opened it to do some research on your behalf. No, you don't need to thank me. Actually, I'm not too keen on the toffees, so you can have mine - catch!

I was interested to read about TAB. They've had a couple of mine for ages too. Must do some chasing up soon (I hate that!).

We had snow again on Tuesday. It's gone now but it's extremely cold. I'm afraid the novelty has worn off for me, especially since my car battery has given up the ghost.

Karen said...

That looks a lot like our back garden at the moment!

I might chase Norah too as she's still got a couple of mine from way back.

Glad you had a lovely (if Internet free) Christmas, and best wishes for 2010 :o)

Scriptor Senex said...

Oh no - not another sane human being lost to gaming. What is the world coming to? So long as it doesn't stop you blogging I'll let you off.

Olivia Ryan said...

Looks like you had fun, Sue! Oh, computers - don't swear at me! Our internet connection has been quite temperamental during all this bad weather, but (fingers crossed) I don't think THIS time it's anything serious. Good luck with the submission. As you'll see on my blog, I've just had 2 stories accepted (different mags), one from July and one from August. I usually chase up after 6 months - but I'm still waiting to hear about one I sent in May, that I've been assured is still under consideration! I think the wait is getting longer these days. x