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Sunday, 4 May 2014

After a Protracted Wait!























The book...finally!                                                                            Packed cat...or is she?

Yes, finally after a lot of faffing around on my part my book is available on Kindle. As yet, the hard copy isn't ready but when it is I'll let you know.

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Winter has struck, literally overnight.  A couple of days ago, I was in shorts, T-shirt and bare feet.  The last two days, I've been in winter woollies, socks and slippers and it's still only May!  Yet we already have the chilling westerly winds which we usually get in August.  They come straight off the desert and are very dry as well as cold, meaning I use a lot more moisturiser than usual!

Though to my delight, my flat is lovely and cosy and that's without having any heating on.  The two external doors have large gaps at floor level so I blocked those with a couple of old towels thus cutting out any drafts.  As you can imagine, I'm very happy.  It's lovely and sunny on the balcony and normally I would be sitting out there but being on the end of the building, as well as facing north, it's also exposed to the westerlies making it too cold to sit outside.  However, I shall take full advantage when the wind eventually swings to the south.

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Last Wednesday, I met a friend for coffee at Harbour Town, which is a large shopping complex filled with factory outlet stores.  After coffee we strolled around in the sun and looked at winter clothes, shoes, etc. My friend picked up some bargains but I wasn't so lucky.

On Thursday, another friend came for lunch and we spent a lovely couple of hours catching up and having a lot of laughs.  She's also an author who has self published and has given me a lot of advice on the matter over the past few weeks.  Such as the other day when I messaged her because I didn't know how to find out whether my book was "live" or not.  Thanks to her, I could check it out for myself.  It was live but I tweaked it a little and held it up for a couple of days. Now it's all go!

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I hope you are all well and that those of you who live in the northern hemisphere are finally having milder weather.  Those of us in the southern hemisphere are heading towards the colder months of the year, and I'm not fond of those.  Give me summer any time!

9 comments:

  1. That's nice that you like your flat ! During winter times it's very important. We also have a strange weather, we had a warm winter with a lot of rain and spring started far too early. We had temperatures in March we usually have end May !

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  2. Congratulations to your first book !

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  3. Yes, we're having warmer weather. Not as warm as Fuerteventura thank goodness! I couldn't cope with high temperatures for long periods.

    Fantastic news on your book! Now shall I wait for the hard copy or buy in kindle? I think I'll wait for a signed copy from the author. And now you must get into promoting and marketing seriously. That is the hardest bit i find.

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    1. Yes, I agree, Liz, Actually I found the easiest part of the whole process was writing the book! Marketing is not my forte but through the workshops and the writers' group I belong to, I've been given some fantastic ideas. Hopefully, they'll work!

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  4. Well now...a huge congratulations on your book!!! I hope it's a success.

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    1. Congratulations, Robyn! You must be thrilled pink and rightly so. :)

      I'm loving this cooler weather. I enjoy rugging up for a change rather than sweating my butt off. The wind yesterday and Saturday certainly did bring down the chill factor; but I stayed snuggled up inside away from all the circus that was going on outside, anyway...as did my furry mates. We went into hibernation over the weekend. ;)

      The warmer temps are predicted to return within the next couple of days. One good thing did come out of the westerlies...I washed my doona early yesterday morning; and it was dry by 1 pm; so that was great.

      Again, all the very best re your book.

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    2. Thank you, Lee. Re the weather...it's starting to cloud over now and that usually means the temps won't be so extreme. We shall see!

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