Saturday, July 3, 2010


Hello, lovely people. First of all, thank you so much for your kind words and patience. Things have been tough, are still tough, and will continue to be tough for a long time. There's nothing else I can really say.

This is me tentatively dipping my toe back into the sea of blogging. I'm just going to see how it goes, but please forgive me if my posts are somewhat sporadic in the coming weeks.

Not really sure what to talk about, so maybe you can help me out? What are you reading/writing at the moment?

I've just finished reading a John Grisham novel (don't even ask). And I am writing... nothing.


  1. I was just wondering yesterday how you were doing, so it's great to see a post from you. :)

    Right now I'm about to start Matched by Ally Condie, thanks to Carla from The Crooked Shelf being kind enough to loan it to me. And I am just beginning writing an GLBT-themed summmer story, thanks in no small part to you for some encouraging words a while ago.

  2. So sorry to read about your sad news. I remember how bewildered I was when my Dad died. He was only 55 and I couldn't believe it. I can remember looking round me and wondering why the rest of the world was carrying on as normal. Your 'normal' will return and I'm not surprised that you're not writing. Go easy on yourself, is all I can say, and maybe do a bit of light summer reading. The best book for losing yourself in that I enjoyed recently is 'Old Filth' by Jane Gardam.

  3. Hi Cat! So lovely to hear from you :). I really, really hope things aren't too hard on you, if you need anything just ask.

    Going back to books, at the moment I'm reading Crank by Ellen Hopkins and I just finished The Radleys, which was a lot of fun.

    Good to have you back x

  4. Hi Cat,
    I'm so sorry to read your sad news.
    I understand your not being able to read much at the moment. Nothing wrong with John Grisham, though - well, his early work, anyway. The Firm is completely gripping. x

  5. I've been thinking about you lately too Cat and it's nice to see you on here again :) Still here for you if you need anything!

    I've just read Matched by Allyson Condie and I can't recommend it highly enough, it's my new favourite and in the top 3 books I've ever read EVER. Love it to pieces and it's the first dystopian I've read (I know - just don't mention the fact that I've not read Hunger Games or the mortal instruments books yet and yes I know I'm missing out but I have them on the shelves...waiting...patiently)

    I saw Eclipse last night at the midnight showing and it was really good! Better than I expected and they did justice to my favourite book of the series! :)

    Am now reading Forget You by Jennifer Echols :)

    AND...I've come up with a new idea for a story so now I have two that I haven't written ;)

  6. Thank you all! Am going to check out all those book recommendations ASAP.

    Lauren- I'm so pleased you're writing! That is news to make me smile.

    Diane- The Grisham book I've just read is v. similar to The Firm, but not quite as good!

    Lynsey- Read The Hunger Games NOW! Right this second. I mean it.

  7. Hey Cat, nice to hear from you again. I just read Forbidden and added Perfect Chemistry and Stolen (I remember you talking about it ages ago) to my to-read pile, but I think Imperial Bedrooms by Bret Easton Ellis is going to beat them to the top!

  8. Hello there! I've missed you and I'm thinking about you often. Hoping you are somehow getting through.

    I am still writing my nano book and it is still the worst attempt at a novel in the history of attempts but I think two more weeks and the first draft will be finished. I hope this will make you laugh. It is currently at 102000 ish words. Hmmm... I'm thinking waffle ahoy!

    Reading a very un-Becky choice of book and quite enjoying it. No substance just pure silliness -- Girl 16, Fiasco (can't remember the rest of the title) but it is by Sue Limb.

    Oh and a bit of craziness, I agree to read The Lacuna for the staff book group over the summer. Me and a 670 page adult novel. This should be interesting...

    If you don't know what to talk about, you could go back to your favourite topic of cheese :-)

  9. Hi...good to see you back on the blog, take it nice and easy and give yourself time.
    I just read The Lond Weekend by Savita Kalhan - very creepy - and Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma, which is extraordinary in its emotional intensity. But mostly am trying (not too successfully) to write.

  10. Hi Cat - so very sorry to hear about your mum. ( I did try to comment earlier but my comment got gobbled by internet monster). What a horribly sad time for you.

    I usually love books that make me sad - but can see why you might be avoiding them right now. A book that recently made me laugh was ONE DAY by David Nicholls.