Looking at that title, I’m going to start with the last item on it, as that was the most fun!
On Saturday I finally got to go to the Bloggers Bash – a social meeting for those of us crazy enough to have taken to this blogging thing and stuck with it because we found we enjoy doing it!
Reading blogs is a popular pastime, witness the fact that the bloggers awards were voted on this year by 10,000 people!
This year the bash took place in a pub in Chiswick, London, on the same day as another noteworthy event which fortunately kept most of the population glued to their TV screens and off the road, so my drive into the city was blissfully easy.
The only person I’d met in the flesh before going was organiser, Sacha Black, who I met at 20BooksLondon. Others I’d met virtually, but this was the first time of seeing them face to face, which is one of the main ideas of the Bash.
The panel discussion, with Hugh, Sacha, Ritu and Geoffle (Geoff)
Varied blogs and very different personal approaches, so a really interesting mix of discussion topics and answers.
Sacha – http://sachablack.co.uk/about/
Ritu – https://butismileanyway.com/
Geoff – https://geofflepard.com/about/
The prize for the best short story from a blogger on the given topic of ‘Royalty’ (wonder where that idea came from???) went to Marje Mallon for her fun flash story, The Queen’s Dress Down Day, which you can read here: https://mjmallon.com/2018/03/21/the-bloggers-bash-blog-post-competition-2018-the-queens-dress-down-day/
Marje, collecting her lovely prize – a huge crystal paperweight.
And I finally got to meet the lovely Helen Jones, author of The Ambeth Chronicles, and a widely travelled lady who blogs every Wednesday about her wanders. https://journeytoambeth.com/about/
We’ve talked a lot online about everything from fantasy, to standing stones, to Game of Thrones, so it was great to converse at last without needing a keyboard.
You can see a list of all the attending bloggers and their blogs HERE
The Bash was a welcome day of relaxation in the otherwise crazy month of May. To give you an idea, I started the month with 8 days teaching and judging dressage in North Scotland (Aberdeen and Inverness, and everything between), came home for 5 days, flew to Glasgow to do the same again for 3 days, flew home, had a writer’s group meeting to be prepared for, attended the Bash, worked locally, and am now preparing to drive to Dundee on Wednesday to teach Thursday and Friday, give a Riding Club lecture (and sell a few of my equestrian books) on Friday evening, be an attending author at the Edinburgh Author Signing on Saturday, pick Brian up from the airport on Saturday evening and do 2 days of sightseeing before driving back from Edinburgh on Wednesday. Oh, and keep my own horses exercised and competed around that!
Upon return from Glasgow, I realised the books I’d ordered for the Edinburgh signing hadn’t arrived from Amazon. Now, when I ordered them the system was glitching, and that took 2 days to resolve before my order was accepted. Somehow it hadn’t occurred to me that would affect my delivery date, so when I went online to check, delivery was scheduled for the day I will be leaving for Scotland, so that meant upgrading to expedited delivery to get them in time 😦
To compound things, my laptop went on strike for 2 hours right when I needed it (updates – argh!) and now it keeps asking me if I’d like a tour of all the new features added to my operating system – er, no. Not now.
I’m taking printed copies of my short stories to give away at the signing, and guess who ran out of ink?
My phone decided to have a hissy fit yesterday because it got too hot – this entailed prising off the back to get the battery out so I could restart it.
And my car’s windscreen has a huge crack in it, so naturally I wanted that replaced before driving 500 miles on Wednesday, but they don’t have my glass in stock – 10 days waiting period, can you believe?
On top of all of this – GDPR!!!
I think that’s fast becoming a swear word around here. If you want to know more about it, take a look at Nicholas Rossis blog that I shared last week.
Needless to say, my writing time has been severely limited, with only one and a bit chapters done so far in May, where I can usually manage three chapters a month. Roll on June…
Much of today and tomorrow are put aside (now GDPR is sorted!) for putting together all the stuff I need to take north with me for the various activities schedule for the coming days.
Bowl with sweeties!
Pound coins (for change)
Camera to record the event.
Can you think of anything I’ve forgotten?