Better days ...

My Indian sweets arrived - the pera are wonderful but I haven't opened the others yet so the photo will have to wait, if I dared to unseal all the boxes now I would have stuffed myself stupid by evening, and I have to go out to dinner tonight (pooh! Business, who needs it? Well, I do, actually, so I shall go, even though I don't want to).

This morning Krista Barrett sent me a copy of her Topzone Publishing ebook, which includes the worst rejection letter I ever received - and Virgin Books sent me a $200 cheque for one of Carmel's stories which appeared in their Sex and Shopping anthology. Nice stuff!

The new novel is starting to take shape, and I've happily spent an hour ferreting around the internet for information on old cameras. I have some much deeper research to do on the subject of trick photography but it's shown me the direction I need to head in, and fortunately, Brighton and Hove has a wonderful cinematic archive in Hove Museum, detailing some of the earliest moving films ever made, so I can see some happy days ahead, spent exploring this subject. And Portsmouth Water have proved very helpful in my search for information about Hampshire's rivers and bringing water to rural areas, so that too needs to be fitted into the research programme - some trips down there will be necessary to refresh my memory of the region.

Now if only I didn't have to go out tonight ...

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