Thursday, 19 June 2014

39 is the new 38

Well, brushing that fact aside and a Happy coming-out-of-your-mothers-vagnina day to me, it's about time I wrote another blog entry.

(That all sounded like an intro to a sitcom episode in my head)

So, what's happened in the last year (a reflection?)

It's been a long year, but no longer than any other (I don't think it was a leap year?). Another orbit around the sun, another 365 days of everyday-ness.

The highlights of the last year though, obviously have to be the birth of baby number 2, who is a couple of weeks old now and eating like a trooper; deciding to write a novel, finding a publisher and avoiding any planet destroying comets (well we all did that one).

I lost touch with a few old friends (I think "unfriend" is the word the cool kids use these days) and kept in touch with a few others. I've avoided politics, the media's persistent coverage of hacking (would we really qualify guessing PIN numbers "Hacking"?  I guess I'm just old fashioned) and most of the Royal stuff, although Philip still makes me laugh.

We were a rest-bite for relatives escaping the floods and helped our Newfoundland dog through her knee surgery. She now has as much energy as she did when she was 2 years old (she's 4 now, in case you wondered). She had a Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA), go look it up, it's amazing!  Would certainly recommend it if you have a dog with a Cruciate Ligament that has gone walkies (best make sure your insurance covers it though, it ain't cheep!).

I've submitted my cover design ideas to my publisher, so am waiting now for some preliminary concepts. Very exciting stuff, but think they'll be saying "I wish he'd stop emailing" before too long. I can be an impatient person when I'm excited about something. I've been waiting for a KickStarter item to be delivered for nearly a year now. One was a gift for last September, then Christmas, then Valentines ... might get it for this Christmas at this rate. I know the product will be unique and well made, it's just the waiting ... arrgghhh!

I'm also very excited about the release of Zach Braff's new movie Wish I Was Here, which I sponsored and "Helped make". Looking forward to the UK screening later this year in London and the meet afterwards. The website is here if you haven't seen it yet. I'd also recommend seeing Garden State if you haven't as well. From what I've read, it went down really well at Sundance and is getting some pretty good reviews already.

I'm just enjoying the last couple of days of paternity leave (well holiday, as Statutory Paternity Pay SUCKS). Back to work on Monday and a bit more of a regular routine.

Oh, I'm up to 51,100 words now in my manuscript, so things are progressing nicely. I'm about halfway through, although I'm not sure how the second half will pan out just yet. I'm sure something else will blow up and someone else will die ... we'll have to see.

Anyway, that'll do for this recap of the last 8,760 hours and I'll start posting regular ... posts now that I'm heading back to work.