Jen’s home. Phew. She came back from the QEH with a hole in her stomach, a drain and a bag to collect the stuff that’s still seeping from her pancreas – of which she now only owns 70%. And no spleen. Other than two years of penicillin and other yearly jabs, the outcome should be a Jen without a dangerous cyst. And, hope beyond hope, its removal might see some progress with the issues of chronic fatigue and mental health. We’ll see. Anyhow, she’s at home and C will pop up most days until she’s completely recovered. We are all off to Birmingham on Thursday to, hopefully, have the drain tugged out. I’m loving that bit of the M5.
Whilst that storm passes and Ciara currently rattles our windows, things are still moving on with our world. Doris passed her MoT with flying colours on Friday. Sampson
Commercials in Avonmouth were just fab. Whilst the yard looked like it was a back-of-beyond garage, there were more staff than vehicles, everyone was super polite and I have the confidence to take her back to them if and when issues arrive. And, at £45 for an MoT, it’s cheaper than the council place for an oversized vehicle.
I’m heads down on the first major edit of book 6. Currently a quarter of the way through, it’s taking longer than usual mostly because I’m taking longer than usual, So far, though, so good. I am not going to use my ‘friendly’ beta readers this time … that’s not because they weren’t great (and one or two of them will be reading this for the first time; I hope they understand), but I do want to try my hand at beta readers from afar. For those of you who don’t know how this works, they act like surrogate editors – but they do not proofread. That’s the final job which comes before the final edit. I’ve started to engage with potential readers via Twitter … so far, no response. But I don’t think I’ve been asking the right question. I’m confident I’ll get a few.
In that vein, books sales have picked up. I put our over 300 free copies of Unsuspecting Hero last weekend – without marketing, and the follow-on from that is currently positive. My (current) ambition is to use the free book vehicle as my only marketing approach, but beef it up via some decent websites. My plan is to ‘go free’ for five days at the beginning of every month with a single title. I can’t do that with Fuelling the Fire as I don’t own the e-rites, but I can with the other four. We’ll see how it goes.
In the meantime Sorrel (narrator) has set up our recording booth in her house (although it is missing a bit, which we’re waiting for from the company). The aim is still to have an Audible book out there by the end of March … which I think, now, is a tall order. But we’ll give it a go. And, concurrently, I’ll press on with book 6.
It’s not all been book related. I spent a day with the MoD on Thursday and I’m back again on Wednesday. I have a full week and a half at a school at the beginning of March. And then we should be in a position to think about heading off to Spain for a bit. Finger’s crossed.
And … and … I found 15 seconds on my run! Now at 19.55 – on Friday. And I felt good all the way round. Having said that I went out today along with Storm Ciara and I might as well have been running on the spot. But, the 20 minute barrier has been rebroken. Thank goodness for that.
That’s it from me. Hope you are all surviving the storm!