Yesterday, publication was completed. That’s that. If you are not a Kindle user, Conventions: The Garden At Paris is now available in paperback, too:
As you may have seen on my Instagram, on Friday we traveled across the pond to Pennsylvania to see my father for Easter, and to have a holiday here in the U.S.:
Surprise! Release a new book and promptly flee to NY to visit Father for Easter.✈️It took a lot longer to make this journey in 1787!😂Bye for now!😊🇬🇧 . #travel #authors #Heathrow #holiday #Easter #GoodFriday #writersofinstagram #airport #England #expats #USA #photo #fiction #historicalfiction #humor #humour #photo #photograph #photographylife
He has just been “getting by” without my mother. That is about all. I have noticed this since my mother’s death: he’s not really getting “better.”
Ladies, should your man survive you, don’t imagine that that man who’d been in your life will not miss you terribly after you are gone. Don’t assume he will just pick a new wife off the shelf and go merrily on his way, happily ever after. Don’t think you are “replaceable.”
I thank all of you who follow me here and have purchased my earlier novels. Once again, I have reached what is simultaneously the most satisfying moment a writer experiences and also the most unnerving one. Conventions: The Garden At Paris is becoming available on Kindle currently on Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, and all other Amazons:
With that novel finally finished, frankly I’m about finished as well. Mentally, I had been thinking for years about writing a tale like this one. I had been actually doing it since January 2016:
I saw this on Instagram earlier this morning:
And it got me thinking that while there is “truth” in that, I have learned that the likes of “Facebooking” – for me it is more “Instagraming” – can be a stress breaker, too. One cannot work at one’s writing ALL of the time. You’ll become “isolated” and go bonkers.
It is necessary to blow off steam, have a laugh, and to think about something else now and then. Social media is one way to do so…
As you can see, today is March 31. As you may also see, Conventions is not out today. However, I knew a few weeks ago that the deadline was going to have to give – by a few days or weeks.
I had set “March 31” as publication day in my head sometime late last summer. If I may offer one piece of writing advice based on my own experience, it is this: you must give yourself a deadline that you take seriously. It focuses you on finishing the work. Without one, I assure you that you will drift – and may never finish your book.
Yesterday, we watched the first two episodes of Big Little Lies starring Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman:
Within moments as the first episode opened, this program felt gratingly familiar. If you are new here, you might have missed where I explained (wow, almost 2 years ago now) how The Affair that was not exactly my favorite program – and why. I got through about 3 or 4 episodes of it before I gave up.
And The Affair has apparently been a success on Showtime in the U.S.
I don’t normally do more than one post a day. But the stark difference in the subject matter between this one and the previous one is such that I could not combine them. And I wanted to make sure I posted this as well.
Yesterday afternoon, unaware of what was going on “out there,” I had been working as usual. Also I took a break which included not only making a coffee, but listening to Soundcloud while doing so. Marion Clavié has a beautiful voice:
How are you? Hope you had a decent day? (Or are having one so far?) 😊A late afternoon suggestion: ☕️📱🎤🎼and @marion_clavie. . #soundcloud #coffee #iphone7 #music #afternoon #photo #photos #travel #photographylife #kitchen #technology #socialmedia #listeningtomusic #Hertfordshire #England #pleasant #beautiful #singers #writersofinstagram #authorsofinstagram #authors
There comes that moment when you are finished writing for yourself, and you have to share the total of your effort. I’ve reached (and possibly even passed) that point now. Last night, Conventions went to she who has been a wonderful “critic” since I began this writing endeavor in 2013.
Well, someone else has it at long last. It's with the English woman who has been with me since my first book in 2013. She casts a critical eye over what I've written … and, I always hope, stops me from making a (total) fool out of myself. 📖📝📚🔪✂️💻As it's nearly 6pm UK time, I think I need a drink about now.😂🍸 . #writers #authors #travel #photos #photographylife #books #expats #history #authors #writing #fiction #fun #Hertfordshire #England #novels #technology #iPad #email #MicrosoftSurface #homeoffice #humor #humour #historicalfiction #romancenovels #romance #writersofinstagram #authorsofinstagram
So she has the “biggest” book of all. As I say in the email to her, March 31 – as I note in the sidebar – is unfortunately probably going to have to give. But hopefully only a few weeks at the most.
Sunday’s post on loss and grief was quite serious, I know. I appreciate you having read it. As I have had some time to reflect on my feelings since posting it, interestingly I have found a bit of relief in my own words.
And spring is upon us:
Here's to hoping things get a bit better for all of us. As spring is arriving, how about some daffodils (snapped last night) for this Monday morning.📸🌼🌎🙂 . #travel #weekend #daffodils #Hertfordshire #England #writersofinstagram #authorsofinstagram #photographylife #photo #family #relationships #expats #Monday #flowers #spring #life
Where would writers be without their families and friends to provide them with material? When I fictionalized my mother and my uncle, they were still living. Both died just after I’d essentially finished writing Distances in September 2015.
I lost an aunt a couple of weeks ago in New York. I’ve never mentioned her here. She was the widow of my other uncle – my mother’s and my novelist uncle’s younger brother. He died at 48 in early 1994.
My aunt had been ill for a long time. I hadn’t seen her in about 5 years. I last spoke to her just after my mother died in 2015.
Yes, the beard is off. The major reason it is? She who is dearest to me, revealing: "It's as I imagine kissing a brush might feel."😜 . Okay, it's Friday and given previously I've put up paintings of lovely eighteenth century ladies, why not a handsome bloke of that era?🇫🇷🇬🇧🇺🇸It's only fair.📚🖌 . And how about an *unbearded* man? This is American diplomat William Short, painted by Rembrandt Peale in 1806, when Short was age 47.🇺🇸 . #humor #humour #painting #USA #France #diplomacy #Europe #travel #expats #classical #history #art #writing #authors #photo #photography #beards #Hertfordshire #England #novels #fiction #romance #writing #writersofinstagram #authorsofinstagram #fun #Friday #weekend
My writing is a form of release. (As is social media.) It’s a means to try to get away. It has proven especially important to me in the last couple of years.