All behind like a lamb’s tail as my Grannie used to say. Easter was almost a nice rest. My friend from forever/editor came up for a 7 days visit. This year is 60 years since we first met and as you can imagine it is always great to see her. Unfortunately she had to work a little harder than a visitor should expect at the beginning – I was still fighting the infection in my jaw – my temperature had just gone the day she arrived but, as you can imagine, felt a trifle washed out. She took over the cooking for the first couple of days – lovely friend.
Aren’t good friends wonderful creatures? This particular friend has been my knight in shining armour since the day we met, when she rescued me from a couple of bullies. We had/have little in common – in fact when we find an iota of common ground it is so rare we comment in amazement. What is the magical chemistry which unites two people in friendship. Different backgrounds/ world views/politics/ spiritual opinion/reading, film, music tastes/, we have endless arguments/debates/disagreements over every thing! As I say no common ground: where did the friendship come from. She has an orderly mind I have a chaotic one, we both drive each other to distraction She only wanted to marry, I to travel. For years letters were the only contact we had. Her parents were mine and mine were hers despite the fact that at the start both sets tried to discourage the friendship – that didn’t work eh!
She is still my knight in shining armour – over the past 14 years, while I have gone through massive bone breakage and bone grafts, cancer, heart failure, while I have nursed my mother through 7 years of illness, she has been there – a rock who will listen if I want to howl and sob over the phone at silly o’clock in the night,will not put down the phone until I am laughing. After most of the ten operations I have had, hers has been the face I see on awakening.She lives away from me, every journey needing a few hours drive, a disruption in her life and work. And she edits my dyspraxic writing.
I would not have gained my degrees without her help with the essays, not published any of my books without her red pen and caustic comment, she is a grammar fiend, I like a looser approach (who says a sentence needs a verb, for goodness sake:) I hasten to say she does not red pen my blogs, she does have a life of her own – so mistakes here and on comments are not her fault.
Who is the luckiest old lady going? MOI.
I didn’t set out to write any of that, strange how the mind takes over:) She deserves a hymn of praise, so not sorry to inflict it on you all.
What I meant to write was, I am a trifle behind because of Easter and feeling crook. Catching up now.
ROW80: This Week
Ellen’s Tale has its third part going up later today over on Morgen Bailey’s Novel Night’s In , the first instalements are there still-
This week Ellen’s quest is fulfilled and she has to part from Bix this week – ah!
Writing: Only keeping up with A-Z blogs – am almost a week ahead of myself now; I changed my mind on a couple and had to re-write:(
Editing: Have managed another three chapters of The Ancestor’s Tale – still liking it, phew so pleased – not much needs changing – some new bits I want to put in but will finish editing first.
Workshops: Have begun one on Journaling over at savvy authors – As I am drowning in notebooks, characters, incidents, names, ideas, short stories, blogs, reading matter, I thought maybe I could pick up a few ideas on how to order my mind/thoughts/actions, especially now, as health dictates I can no longer put in 18 hour days at the keyboard:(
Next week:Strictly speaking it is a non-writing week so hope to catch up on reading- however I mustn’t relax on the a-z blogs and must start planning some review blogs for May – I have read a few indies this year and I really do need to put some comment up. Must do more networking/commenting – just so many good blogs and posts around:)
I hope everyone had a good start to the round – the sun has been shining here for a week now – yay! – still very cold but can imagine spring any day now:)