Dog Identified!

Well I managed to get most of the phone calls done, sorted and out of the way pretty quickly this morning, which meant that I was able to sneak off for a while and do the other bits and pieces I wanted to do which, boringly, included getting my hair cut and buying some colourful pens (I forgot pencils though, drat!). It also gave me the opportunity to pop into my favourite book shop and make a couple of purchases, although your guess is as good as mine as to when I’ll get the time to sit and read them. Soon hopefully.

And thanks to the fabulous Dee (another extremely talented writer) who pointed out that Welly is a Landseer Newfoundland. As you can see, they’re quite big and very lovely.

Right. Back to work.

Finally Sorted it!

Thank goodness for that – I’ve finally worked it out. You can now (or you jolly well should be able to) leave comments on any of my posts whether you are a blogger or not.

I was good today. I wanted to try to get myself to the gym a couple of times a week in run up to the Book Tour (and, hopefully beyond) and today I went and I ran. I came home with the hope of getting some actual writing done (as opposed to research) and had just sat down to begin when I received an email which I had to act on – it was the final proofs for my book. Now that’s done and sent (with my name spelled correctly on the cover!) it can be printed and all ready for delivery in (gulp) less than two weeks’ time.

It looks like I’ve another busy, fiddly day tomorrow. I’ve phone calls waiting, I need to nip out and buy things, I need (desperately) a hair cut and I’ve got to be back at the library down the road by 5 to present certificates and medals and what-not to the children who’ve completed the library’s summer reading challenge. (I’m very much looking forward to that).

And another thing…

I was reminded of this when I was talking, on here, about the Rogue’s Gallery CD. It’s a record by Jerry Garcia (of Grateful Dead fame) and his friend (whose name I can’t remember at the mo), and it contains some great fun songs for children. But, as the title suggests, it is not only for kids. There are some wonderful songs on here, the best of which, I think is their rendition of Shenandoah – one of my favourite songs ever. It’s a wonderful story set to a beautiful tune – and there’s even a bit of Brahm’s lullaby at the end as well – with strings, a guitar and a mandolin. So now you know.

Back to it. For a little while.

A Happy Ending and a Link

Well, I’m sure you’ll be pleased to hear that Welly the dog/bear/pony got home safely. We tethered him to a post outside our local shop with a saxophone strap (you wouldn’t believe some of the things people carry around with them, would you!), gave him a bone and a bowl of water, and waited until the owner’s father could walk him home. Apparently, Welly had travelled about two miles (by my reckoning) and ‘is always getting out.’ That’s the spirit, Wellers!

I know a fair few people with websites, blogs and other such things and do my best, when I can, to put them up here. Here’s the latest one – the rather fiery Myspace of a very talented writer, James Bennett. If I’ve missed anyone’s on-line page/space/site etc, I apologize; it’s not intentional, I’ll have just forgotten.

Barkin’ Heck, Welly!

Well that was an interesting morning. I was sat at my desk, typing away, and what did I see when I happened to glance out of the window? Well, at first I thought it was a bear, and then maybe a pony. Whatever it was it was BIG.

It turns out that it was a dog. A lost dog. A huge, gorgeous lost dog. And I’ve just spent the last half hour trying to contact his (he’s called Welly) owners and the dog warden, with a little success.

I can best describe him as like a St. Bernard – but he was black and white, like a Border Collie. I had a quick scan through google and have since decided that he must be one of these – a Pyrenean Mountain Dog, or something similar. If there are any dog experts out there who know what he is then I’d love to hear from you. Either way it was lovely to have met Welly and I wish him all the best; although I would ask him that next time he goes a wanderin’ that he might avoid the canal. It does not make stroking him as pleasant as it could be.


I had intended to post a few pictures of the props I’ll be using on the Roaming Roman Book Tour, but only managed two before the batteries in my camera died. And I can’t find the charger, so for now here are two pics of the Domesday Book I made. I hope to use it, not only as a prop, but also as a comments book. Ooh and a big thanks to James, Laura and Sarah for their help. I’ll try to upload some more soon (just as soon as I find that charger).


P-Day (the day of publication) looms large. It’s two weeks, to the day, until the publication of I Met a Roman… and a little over two weeks until the Roaming Roaming Book Tour gets underway. I must admit, that although I’m feeling a little nervous, I’m really looking forward to it. Very exciting. I just hope that the books are delivered to me on time, but I’m sure everything’ll be okay. And I hope, more than anything, that people enjoy the book.

You can order your copy of I Met a Roman Last Night, What Did You do? here.

Happy birthday to Rosie and Dom.

I’ve also been enyoing listening to this – a collection of sea chanteys and pirate songs. Be warned though, some of them get more than a little rude. In general, it’s a very good folk album.

Back to the Anglo-Saxon research, which, I think, is going okay.

Roald Dahl Day

Today, the 13th of September, is officialy Roald Dahl day. It would have been the master writer’s 90th birthday. Here’s a link to the wonderful Roald Dahl website; it is well worth a nosy! The music on it is fab as well.


I wanted to wish Anne Brooke the best of luck for Wednesday. She’s attending the Harry Bowling Awards ‘to see how her book (Maloney’s Law) got on.’ Good luck Anne.

And happy birthday to my friends Bill and (in a couple of weeks but I won’t see her so I’ll say it now in case I forget) Rosie.

Lots of phone calls await me tomorrow. And (hopefully) lots of writing. But now, I’m going to the pub.

Worth a look and a great cause

I’ve been made aware by Kate Long that she’s contributed to a collection of short stories, The Sunday Night Book Club, in aid of Breast Cancer Care.

Others who’ve contributed are: Clare Boylan, Veronica Bright, Elizabeth Buchan, Clare Chambers, Mavis Cheek, Tracy Chevalier, Katie Fforde, Nicci Gerrard, Lesley Glaister, Tessa Hadley, Maeve Haran, Joanne Harris, Wendy Holden, Cathy Kelly, Andrea Levy, Santa Montefiore, Elizabeth Noble, Maggie O’Farrell, Patricia Scanlan, Alexander McCall Smith, Adriana Trigiani, Lynne Truss and Penny Vincenzi.

I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you what a good collection this’ll be, or what a worthy cause the proceeds will go to.

So Much Choice

I notice that you can pre-order my book from the WHSmith website. That is if you you’d rather not order it from Amazon or Play, or from any good book store.


The research and writing continues. I feel I should be taking advantage of the calm before next month’s Book Tour storm, which I think I am.

Okay. A cup of tea and then back to the writing.