A Staggered Start, The Joys of Writing Instead of Baking, and Two Giveaways

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It’s the beginning of the school year here in the UK…almost. That is, my older son started school last week, but my younger son won’t start for real until next week because his lovely, nurturing new nursery believes in staggered starts. That’s wonderful in many ways…but this starting schedule has been a bit of a nightmare for a working parent with a big book deadline coming soon and no scheduled childcare this week. Oops!

In other words, I’ve been a bit stressed-out. Over the last five days I have managed to revise 109 pages out of my 212-page manuscript, which counts as a definite victory…but now I’m FLOPPED. (Literally, on my bed, as I type.) And I am behind on eeeeeverything else! So if you’re someone whose email I haven’t replied to, or whose manuscript I should have already critiqued, I can only say: I am SO SORRY. It’s not you (or your manuscript), it’s me. It is very much me.

But! At least I’m over halfway through this revision (we’ll call it Draft 1.2) of my MG spies-and-fairies book. Which I love! And it’s been a great excuse to eat a lot of chocolate. ;)

This is also, thank goodness, the season of The Great British Bake Off, which Patrick & I watch every week with absolute addiction (sometimes holding hands for mutual support because it is SO TENSE)! In general, I’m not a fan of reality TV shows, but this one I absolutely adore, and it’s also a great reminder of one of the best things about being a writer: we can always revise. No one’s expecting me to write a perfect novel in three hours (or in a single draft) and be judged on it! I can keep on rewriting and polishing every book until I’m happy with it, and Paul Hollywood will NOT stand next to me me giving me skeptical looks as I work.


And speaking of new novels…


Check out this international giveaway for a signed ARC of Congress of Secrets! If you’re a Goodreads member, no matter where in the world you live, you can enter that giveaway now. Good luck!

And guess what came in the mail this past week? A gorgeous big pile of UK ARCs for The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart! So…how about another giveaway? :)

My next newsletter will go out in early October…and one newsletter subscriber (from anywhere in the world) will win an ARC of The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart! So if you’re not already a newsletter subscriber, sign up here to become a subscriber and enter the giveaway. (People who already subscribe will automatically be entered into the giveaway without any need to do anything extra.)

Happy Friday, guys!


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