Writer and publisher of books for children

Monday, 5 January 2009


Do you know, I think I deserve a PhD in Procrastination. I have never met anyone so determined to do everything else except the thing I am supposed to be doing!

I set myself the target of revamping my filing system to put some order into the mountain of paper littering my office. I found all the sorting and categorising quite therapeutic - for about five minutes. I came across a report I had downloaded on web design and of course I just had to find the email it came with so that I could follow the hyperlinks to further free reports that I had evidently missed the first time round. While I was looking for that email I came across another email with an audio attachment from someone talking about converting websites hits into actual sales. So I listened to that audio for about an hour before I remembered the teetering piles of paper around me.

This is a really bad habit of mine so I have added it to my growing list of New Year resolutions. I must remember to write out I MUST NOT PROCRASTINATE a hundred times otherwise I will drift off in another direction and forget to keep focussed. Which reminds me ................

Friday, 2 January 2009


I cannot believe it is the 2nd of January, 2009. I haven't finished dealing with the 1st yet! New Year's Day went badly wrong and I have only just finished serving New Year's Day dinner a day late! It looks as though this year is going to behave like last year. 2008 came and went with warp speed. And I have to confess that when I opened the 2008 Resolutions letter that I wrote on 31 December 2007, I found I had only achieved about 25% of my goals. I am not going to beat myself up about it though. I will just try for a higher percentage this year.

So, what are my goals for 2009?

Resolution1: I must add five story books for young children to my catalogue. Two are ready to print as soon as I can mine all the pennies rattling around the innards of my sofa, and three just need tarting up a bit and they'll be ready to go - as soon as I investigate my sisters' sofas.

Resolution 2: do something about my would-be novel for 9 - 12 year old children that has been quietly doing the rounds of publishers. I have not been the most vigilant parent though. The poor book has been left pretty much to its own devices. I really, really must do better.

Resolution 3: I must learn how to design and code a website. It is the only way I am going to be able to update, amend, improve, add to or in any way tinker with my site without a king's ransom at my disposal (sofas again) or Job's patience with web folk who move at the pace of frozen treacle!

I wonder if I should stop at three resolutions..... If I leave out the world peace and the lose 2 stones in weight bits I might have a fighting chance of 100% success. I just need to make sure I invite wealthy friends for drinks on a frequent basis (it's the only explanation for the fortune I am convinced is hiding in the sofa) and get my 15 year old niece to give me web lessons for a weekly fee of large, dangly earrings and sponsored shopping trips to Primark. Sorted!

Happy New Year!