So. I’m just going to say it. I didn’t get children. I wanted them. Didn’t get them. But now I am uber-blessed with dogs, cows, a husband who makes me laugh like a hyena and some GREAT godchildren. One of them lives next door so it’s a bit like having a high-end rental daughter. She is nine. Calls me up – has since she was six – when the need comes upon her to make cupcakes and watch inspirational sports dramas. She is my kind of gal!
Yesterday we went up to London to watch Stomp! because she told me she liked the sound the latch made at a hotel where she recently stayed. We must go see something extremely noisy, I extrapolated from this conversation. And there were unexpected bonus parts of the trip. I wore a sweater that said ‘Follow Your Heart’ and she turned up with a sweater with hearts on it. Boom. Job done. I have had a magic wand app on my phone for ages and have never used it because “it didn’t work.” Guess who figured it out. Kaching! And the app that makes your face weird. Turns out that one works, too.
She also inspired me to get back the courage to try cartwheeling. I don’t know where I lost it. My cartwheeling mojo – but heck! I was in my mid-forties and was conceding my cartwheeling days were over. Well too bad for that! Now, I not only cartwheel, I am learning how to climb a rope. A really long one.
The long and short of it is – she’s my fairy god-daughter. Sure she needs to be fuelled with chocolate buttons and cheese and onion crisps (cheese and onion??? I ask you!) – but she is a champ and I wouldn’t take back a single moment of our time together even if she refused to believe that the production of Hansel and Gretel we were going to see was actually in Russian. (One can only carry a ruse so far).
Bonus question for you, though…how do you get the main track from ‘Frozen’ out of your head when you’ve sung it four gazillion times?
Oh! And on the book front – I don’t have a book coming out until November – but I’m SUPER excited about it even though I think the hero doesn’t look exxxxx-actly like the hero inside. HEY! That’s another question for you as readers and writers – how much does the cover art affect you? If the hero and heroine don’t look a think like the cover – do you care?
Alright everyone – time to sign off! All the best and see you soon! x Annie O’