It’s been a fireworksy sort of week for me – one where things seem to have smouldered in the dark, almost unnoticed, and then suddenly exploded my heart into a thousand sparkling colours. There have been several times when, had I been the demonstrative type (English, remember? We don’t do emotions), I would have been leaping out of my seat and *happydancing* around the room.
Sparkler – I have discovered that something I like IMMENSELY, beyond all rational emotion, is foam soap. It just makes me HAPPY. I couldn’t begin to tell you why. A day when I’m working somewhere which has foam soap in the bathrooms is just a DELIGHT.
Roman Candle – I caught up my bookswap friend, under his lamp-post, on my way home from work. He was really pleased to see me and we chatted a while. He was worried because one of the beggars in town had been spreading lies about him, accusing him of calling the police when he (the beggar) was in my friend’s licenced busking spot. He was worried about going back there that evening in case he got attacked, but he was there the next day, and it went without a hitch. Bless his boots, he apologised for offloading but he’d been worried and it had been eating at him. He said if I ever had a problem, he’d be glad to offer his advice. He gave me a small chocolate egg, which was very kind of him.
He said he might look into getting a bike, and I said I’d ask around. I might have found a suitable one already, maybe, which would be awesome as he’d be able to travel to his painting and decorating jobs.
ALSO, ALSO, he knows ‘Edward‘, who seems to be doing fine. I was really pleased to hear this, and asked him to pass on my regards. I doubt I’ll be remembered, but still.
Rocket – So probably THEE BIGGEST THING in terms of my writing and using it for GOOD and making a difference, was that the post which inspired the #1000Speak movement; We ALL need The Village, was picked up by the Kindness Blog, and then shared on HuffPo, which is VERY cool, and I hope will give a wider reach to the piece, and to #1000Speak, and get more people involved.
Catherine Wheel – Sandy helped me and I BOUGHT THE REST OF MY TICKETS FOR MURICA! I booked my time off work on Friday, and I am beginning to get seriously, VERY excited about meeting a few of the wonderful people I’ve connected with here. There will NOT be enough time, I am quite certain.
Fountain – On Saturday I will get to meet Yvonne in REAL! We’re going to go to the beach (please, please, weather – no rain!) and…I don’t know! We’ll just both be there…and I pretty much guarantee we’ll talk about #1000Speak and how amazed and happy we are, AND we might just discuss what comes next, to proliferate the movement and turn it more useful (FYI, Yvonne has some INCREDIBLE ideas, so if you’re not already part of it, GET ON BOARD!)
MINE! – Saturday evening, I go to pick up my Soulie and bring him back to my city, because he’s MOVING BACK TO FOR GOOD. Or at least for now. And I am PSYCHED.
Cherry Bomb – I’m not sure if this is a cherry bomb or the cherry on the cake, but BETH is da bomb, and her BRAND NEW BOOK WHICH SHE WROTE has just gone LIVE for pre-order. I started reading my ARC of Order of Seven, earlyish on Wednesday evening. I stayed up reading til 3am because it was SO SO SO SO SO GOOD! It consumed me, and the entire world shrank to the size of that book. I even bore the e-reader so I could read it ASAP. I had no expectations for the book, and YA Paranormal is not in any way my usual genre, but the story wended into my brain, and very slowly came up behind me, folded me into its arms and whispered such incredible sweet nothings into my ear, I did NOT want to stop and give in to sleep.
I’ve been dizzy and overtired ever since. It was SO worth it.
Go and get it ordered ready, and don’t forget that there’s also a GoodReads giveaway with 5 signed copies to go as prizes, one of which could be YOURS! I mean, not just a free book, but a FREE BETH BOOK. You’d be daft not to.