Now that the frenzy of NaNo is over (OK, I know there's 1 day left but I've reached the target and I'm happy with that - my therapist would be proud!), I'm knuckling down to Hospital Corners again. I've been spurred on by my Authonomy buddy DaisyF, who started reading it and couldn't put it down. I emailed her the rest of the first draft tonight because she just couldn't stop thinking about Esme, Dr B and the hunky Alex. She's even started a thread in the "Recommend a Manuscript" forum saying I'm her new favourite book. Cheers Daisy!
And from that thread, I've had two more very positive comments and ratings, with the possibility of backings in the future. Woo hoo!
It's fired me up to finish the first draft edit by the end of the year. That is, if I can fit in enough time around rehearsing for the Xmas Cabaret (15th and 16th December) and time with my girls. Big Toots has had two days off school and is also off tomorrow. Two days are my limit, however, and she'll be spending the day at nursery tomorrow while I get my hair cut. We went to the cinema yesterday to see Arthur Christmas (great family fun) and then they had haircuts and we had a chippy tea with Granny. Today was shopping for winter clothes - the smaller the boot, the bigger the price tag! Can't quite believe Big Toots needed a size 12....I remember having size 12 feet and I was a lot older than 6!!
Tonight we had Granny for tea (not literally - I'm vegetarian) and then Big Toots made her Rainbow Promise. We were all really proud of her. There were 6 of them "graduating" and they all had the option of saying the promise on their own or with the group. B.T. was the only one to say it on her own - clear and loud and proud. With 2 performing parents, it shouldn't be a surprise!
I'm also going to try and give up chocolate until Christmas. I know most people love having a chocolate advent calendar (B.T. keeps calling them advert calendars and she's probably right!) but I'm going to save up my chocolate rations for Christmas and then enjoy a lovely box of Hotel Chocolat liquors on the 25th. :)