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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Agas and diets

Anne McAllister asked about the Aga. It is still out, but we are coping. Apparently the man has the pats but he has pulled his back...when his back is better, he will be in touch. Now I will let it go another week, but then I am afraid I will have to get someone else out...The kitchen is cold, and I miss my Aga with all its quirks, with its instant heat and large capacity for cooking. currently it sits brooding, waiting.

Anne has done a collage for her latest book. It does look great and I can see how it would work. But do I really want to do one of my own? I suspect the only way to know would be to try, but not with this book. I know specifically how it is going to go. And although certain bits are hazy, the hero and heroine most definately are not. And I know the sort of costume they should be wearing. Would personalities in modern dress disturb this vision? The next book after this is a Regency and so it might be easier to find specific bits...I do envy the collages...

I have started my diet and thank you to everyone who posted a comment or emailed privately. I shall keep going. The Pink Heart Society are getting together to see if they can offer encouragement and help. One thing I can not do is have ticker, showing how much weight I have lost. It would be too depressing admitting to the world in general my weight.

I went to the shops yesterday, and contrary to my naive belief that A Noble Captive would not be out in the shops until Friday, it is there now. The old semi-terrfied feeling came back. This time, however, I have sent off press releases to the local papers and we shall have to see what come of that. I am never sure exactly when one should send off press releases, and so I opted for after New YEar's on the basis that mostly journalists would be busy with year end stuff before then. Who knows. As Margaret Moore is fond of saying -- the only thing I can control is the writing. And that is what I have to work on.

Tomorrow I shall be at the Harlequin Historical Day on Cobblestone Press' week of historical writing and research workshops http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cobblestone-workshop/ Joanne Carr will also be there, and ready to answer any questions about writing for Harlequin Historicals.

8 comments:

Anna Lucia said...

Best of good luck with your diet, Michelle!

Remember, food it not a moral choice! You can't be a BAD or GOOD person with food, only make good or bad choices.

You can do it!

Nell Dixon said...

I'm joining you on the diet front. I'm starting to resemble humpty dumpty, it'll be nice knowing other people are out there doing this too.

Eva Gale said...

Wow, an AGA! How are they in the summer? I've always wanted one since I was a teen. (to admit that I've lusted after stoves that long is quite disconcerting)

Donna Alward said...

I think we're all trying to rid ourselves of writer's butt.

I'm down a pound already, but it's depressing how many more I have to go....

Natasha Oakley said...

Michelle, I'm holding out on the counter thing but am under pressure. Trish is *very* determined!

As for the AGA - I think if I were you I'd be jumping up and down by now. It's funny how much you do miss them when they're off.

Eva, they are hot in summer. Fine if you can keep a window open all the time and probably better if you don't have a south facing kitchen (which I do). Like you, they were my 'big' lust and I'm really, really glad I've got one. It's quite true you've never eaten carrots, potatoes or chicken like it!!

Michelle Styles said...

Thanks for all the diet good wishes. Slow and steady should do it.

Hooray Natasha for holding out the counter. It seems somehow competitive. there again, given my rabbit in headlight reaction to the ms counter, I am perhaps not the best person to judge...

Eva --
My kitchen is north facing, so it never gets that warm, but we do often have the windows open in the summer when we are cooking. The Aga came with the house, or otherwise we would not have one BUT having had one, I dislike being without.
Right now I am really seriously missing my Aga. It is sitting there -- cold and useless. Instead of warm and inviting.

Eva said...

Sounds cozy and yummy. Perfect in other words!

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