Final words for 2011

Christmas Day is two sleeps away. Hanukkah has already begun. New Years will be on us before we know it. I’m having a little break from blogging for the next couple of weeks and it’s highly possible that most people won’t get around to reading this little effort anyway. You’re probably all out doing last minute shopping, cleaning up before the relatives arrive, cleaning up after the relatives have left or baking or… Only the die-hard facebookers (and people with virtually no life outside the internet) will read this…oh, and you, completely normal, socially successful person. But, that’s okay because I’m not going to make much of an effort anyway. Hahaaaahahaa. In spite of the bustle of making food, eating food,...

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Santa came early to my house.

This is going to be a bits and pieces blog, today. I hope you can cope with the “collage effect”, but that’s how my brain’s working these days. Re the “book”: An agent has asked to read the whole manuscript. They liked the sample I sent them; said my “writing was strong” and they’d “warmed to the main character”. I’m trying to remain cool, calm and collected but the hamster on the excitement wheel in my head, is pedalling away like a mad fool. Fingers and toes crossed for a positive outcome next year. If she agrees to represent me, I can get on with writing the rest of the saga while she does the job of finding me a publisher. (oh please, oh please, oh please…) Re recent activity: Two...

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Lightning strikes twice…

Back in the 90s I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had a mastectomy, 6 months of chemotherapy and five weeks of radiotherapy. The doctor told me that if the cancer came back it would be bad news, because there was no cure for ‘secondaries’. It would only be a matter of time before I died. Naturally, I decided it wouldn’t come back – surely, lightning wouldn’t strike twice? – and I got on with my life. Eighteen years later I felt fairly bullet-proof. In those intervening years several friends had died due to cancer but I was still going on, strong (sort of) and healthy (sort of). Then a couple of weeks ago (the day before my son’s gorgeous wedding) the doc told me a recent x-ray had shown cancer in my left ribs. Insert...

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