Where Have I Been and Where Has the Time Gone?

It’s been ages since I wrote a blog, the beginning of July in fact, and here we are almost at the end of September. Under the coronavirus restrictions, life seems to fly by and most days follow the same pattern. So before you know it, almost three months has passed without a cheep out of me.

So what has been happening? The most important is the Children in Read auction for Children in Need. Many authors have donated signed copies of their books and the highest bidder will be the lucky recipient of the book of their choice. My light-hearted romance, Festival Fireworks, set in Edinburgh during Festival time is on there and just waiting for bids to come flooding in!

Here’s the link to the whole list of books on offer.

In other, less positive news, the American magazine, The Highlander, for which I have been writing historical articles, has been sold to a UK publisher. Unfortunately, it already has a magazine about Scotland and it has merged The Highlander with it to produce something which bears no resemblance to the original. I wonder what the US subscribers will make of it. As for us writers, none of us have heard what the new editor is looking for and whether she will want to use any of our articles.

One of the new things I am learning during lockdown is various systems of talking to people like WhatsApp, FaceTime, Jitsi and now Zoom. I logged on to the Society of Authors in Scotland’s AGM on Zoom and it was good too see so many weel-kent faces though nothing like actually meeting them in the flesh. But I think that’s still a long way off.

There was a reason for trying out Zoom – next month I am doing a Zoom talk along with my co-president and dear friend, Sheila, for Ayr Writers’ club as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations. We are going to be reminiscing about the club and how we became writers through its help and support. There will be one or two laughs as well, hopefully, as we recall memorable moments from our long association with the club.