My sister and her family have been over from Colorado for a few days and it was great to see them. We don’t see each other very often so it’s lovely to have a catch up. Every time we seem him I take a photo of my nephew with my son, you can see how much Tech Support has grown (along with my nephew’s hair)
It’s been a busy week and I’ve done far too much good eating! But it’s so rare we are all together. We had a lovely dinner at the Lynnfield Hotel on Friday night. We’ve eaten there several times and always love the food and ambiance of the place. There’s a fantastic lounge with so much to look at and the food is excellent.
We introduced my parents to the joy of snap chat filters. I know there are many people reading this who haven’t a clue what I’m talking about and could care even less. But my niece Becca is incredibly quick off the mark and had us all in stitches as she managed to turn almost anything into a dog with super speed. There were also some very unflattering ones but I’ll spare you of those, I want to make sure my family keep speaking to me!
Nobody was safe with Becca in the room, not even the TV. But it was great fun and I’ll miss her funny antics.
I have been receiving some excellent support on improving the blog and making it more professional, from Ben Galley. This consultancy is funded by something called Emergents who support and nurture creative talent in the highlands and islands. I’ll add a link to their website at the bottom, but I’m really grateful to the support I’ve received so far, it’s made a huge difference to my writing journey. My viewing figures have taken a steep rise this week which is great and Ben is very patient and encouraging as well as super confident things will go from strength to strength. He’s been helping me to make a logo which I finally mastered (hence his patience!) and am really pleased with it.
This week I’m reading ‘It’s All in Your Head’ true stories of imaginary illness by Suzanne O’ Sullivan. It won this year’s welcome book prize with a cool £30,000 prize money thrown in. (That would get me the new bathroom I’m dreaming of plus a little extra to spare) One of the other books shortlisted for this prize was The Outrun by Amy Liptrot, a superbly written book I absolutely loved; so I was keen to read the winning book too.
So that’s it for another week. I now have a couple of weeks off work and am hoping to get some more short stories written. I had a LOT of people ask me for part two of the short story The Letter so maybe I can build on that. Until the next time, and thanks as always for reading.
Book review for Amy Liptrot’s The Outrun