In which a fat girl climbs a massive mountain, is up for an award (and rants a bit about UKIP probably)

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It’s been a bit quiet on the blog of late, primarily on account of how I have been On My Holidays in the Lake District where great rains did fall from the skies, but the hotel had a jacuzzi so I didn’t really mind. Due to the blog quietness there are now a number of things that I could witter on about and I’m struggling to pick just one. Therefore, with no respect to theme or any notion of coherence, here are a number of things that have occurred:

 

1. I climbed a Massive Mountain

Between the holiday rains EngineerBoy, who, when not engaged in manly engineer type activities, likes a bit of outdoors, made me go outside into the countryside and walk about. Here’s me at the top of a Massive Mountain (which EngineerBoy, quite wrongly, termed a small hill).

Atop a massive mountain

The climbing of the massive mountain was something of an effort, on account of how I am Not Thin. However, I made it, and I realised that actually despite the Not Thinness, I’m not that unfit. All the Zumba-ing and Bokwa-ing might actually be having some effect, just not on my overall girth. Ah well, I suppose fit is better than thin, although both would be even better still.

 

2. I have a new kitchen

And it is a thing of great wonder and prettiness, at least until the first time I spill something in it and stain the worktop. After which it will be ruined for all eternity, but for now there is much wonder and prettiness and baking.

kitchen

 

3. Sweet Nothing is up for an award

See how I saved that one for third, so I could appear all nonchalant and not at all giddy about it. My debut novel, Sweet Nothing, is in contention for the Joan Hessayon Award. I’m not expecting to win. There are 17 contenders in total, so as the woman who wrote a romantic comedy about a mathematician, I have to acknowledge that 1 in 17 isn’t brilliant from a probability perspective, but I get a trip to London town where I will wear clothes that aren’t pyjamas and drink wine and get to do my best impression of a ‘nominated for an Oscar but didn’t win’ face.

 

4. There are European Elections coming up..

… in which I am led to believe UKIP are expected to do marvellously well. I find this disheartening for a whole range of reasons (some of which I banged on about previously here). The thing I mainly find disheartening though, is the quality of political journalism at the moment. It feels like nobody in the mainstream media is actually looking in detail at any of the party’s stated policies and pointing out the claims and assumptions that are simply untrue. There are some really good sites online that do this sort of thing (eg Channel 4’s FactCheck blog) but they don’t form part of the newspaper headlines or the nightly TV news, which is where most people get their information. It is all very weary-making.

 

5. And an audiobook

Back in writer land, the other excitement of the week is that the audiobook version of Sweet Nothing is now available to pre-order as a download from Amazon. I’m ridiculously excited about this. An audiobook sounds very much like something what a proper author might have.

 

So mountain, kitchen, award, elections, audiobook. Those are the things that are going on around here, along with a switch to Friday’s for my ‘regular’ blog day. At least I’m intending it to be regular, but you know what I’m like. Anyway how are things with you merry blog-reader?

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9 thoughts on “In which a fat girl climbs a massive mountain, is up for an award (and rants a bit about UKIP probably)

    Laura James (@Laura_E_James) said:
    May 16, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Excellent news, Alison 🙂 Looking forward to seeing you in London xx

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    Sally Jenkins said:
    May 16, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    You have an audio book because you are a proper author!

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      Alison May responded:
      May 16, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      It’s like Saturday all over again, when we all talk ourselves down and everyone else up 😉

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    electronicbaglady said:
    May 16, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Good luck with the London thing!

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      Alison May responded:
      May 16, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      Thank-you. I’m just pleased to be in contention (honest!)

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    Clare Chase (more or less...) said:
    May 16, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    My other half also calls massive mountains small hills… He goes running up them before breakfast whilst I eat rolls and marmalade, then afterwards he makes me go up them too! Looking forward to attending the awards next Thursday! I loved Sweet Nothing. (As well as being keen mountain climber my OH is a self-confessed geek of the physical chemist variety).

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      Alison May responded:
      May 16, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      Thanks Clare. Those geeky boys are so clever and analytical normally, but it all breaks down when they have to estimate the effort required to haul oneself up a hill 😉

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    Anne Harvey said:
    May 16, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Loved your resume of past doings, Alison, and best of luck next week with the awards. And audiobooks have been my lifeline this past six months so well done!

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