Bernardine Kennedy

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Friday, December 01, 2006

Books and minutae!

I'm late again posting this... my intentions are good but then life gets in the way and I fall behind with everything.
And as for Christmas... well!

But then every year it all gets done eventually and I guess I'd be bored if it all went well and I wasn't tearing around buying stuff at the last minute. This year is going to be a quiet Chrsitmas for us and I'm anticipating a few days of gratuitous TV, the Pirates of the Caribbean DVD, the Beatles CD and a bottle of the new Caramel Baileys.

For those who don't know me, I am not a Domestic Goddess and we are a vegetarian family. So our Christmas dinner will consist of..... A Quorn Roast, frozen packets of: roast potatoes; parsnips; brussels with chestnuts; glazed carrots. Stuffing. Gravy granules. A pudding in the microwave, cream in the fridge and a big chocolate gateaux.
Open packets, throw in oven and eat an hour later! I don't do eighteen hour countdowns to the perfect Christmas!
Not forgetting of course the wine and crackers and Carols.

Below is the cover for PAST CHANCES. I'd be interested to know what you think. It's in the style of OLD SCORES which did very well.

Before I was published I used to think that a book was a collection of pages that made up a story that would succeed or fail on the content. True.. eventually! But if no-one gets to see the book on the shelves then no-one will ever be able to buy it even if they want to!
The cover and the very brief outline on the back are the most important 'eye-catchers' that first encourage the Booksellers to look and then maybe put it on their shelves.
Next comes the first page (though I do know someone who reads the last page first???) and then after that its all down to a big chunk of luck and a lot of word of mouth. Come next May I shall be looking and hoping for both!

All my covers are now up on the blog so thanks to Mandy whose techy skills are brilliant. Next I might try and scan the foreign issues and put them up.... though maybe not!

Has anyone else been addicted to 'I'm a Celebrity........' ? I almost feel guilty about it because there is so much criticism of the programme (dumbing down TV etc) but I find it fascinating and such an insight into human behaviour!
I don't like 'ordinary' reality shows because to my mind they are just cruel and encourage ordinary people to lay themselves out to be trampled over by so-called 'witty' celebrities; but when the tables are turned and it's the celebs in the hot seat? Bring it on I say. I watched the jungle every day.
And yes I did vote for David Gest! what a surprise he turned out to be! So very funny.......
I have to say the jungle diet seems very successful, everyone lost weight so may have to give it a go. David Gest lost two stone in less than three weeks on rice and beans three times a day. Mmmm, yummy! After Christmas I think.

Has anyone else discovered the joys of Freecycle, ( where you can pass on unwanted items rather than taking the to the tip and filling up the landfill sites? Check it out....... its such a good idea and is worldwide. I've given away a box of videos , a box of books (sad but necessary) and a TV/VCR. All would have gone to the tip as the chairty shops here are apparently overloaded with stuff. (No-one likes throwing stuff away if its still got life in it).
I also took a couple of sacks of fleeces and coats to our local homeless centre along with some blankets. They need them for rough sleepers. I don't get into the politics of any of it, I know there are rough sleepers and I know they freeze in the winter so the whys and wherefores don't come into it for me.

Its my son's birthday tomorrow (nearly today?) he's in Australia on his hols right now but just in case he's looking at this (as if) Happy Birthday Stevie B and if you get to Australia Zoo then cuddle a Koala for me.

Till the next time!


  • At 10:33 PM , Blogger Cat Marsters said...

    I like the cover, it's very cool and classy.

    Another vegetarian family! I'm the sole survivor in my house--the rest gave in to tuekry a few years ago. But those Quorn in pastry things are pretty good...especially when there's lots of wine on the table...


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