Interesting about your other half's reaction, Kate. Hadn't thought of it as chic lit, but I think you may be right. I've looked at your book list and we have much the same taste. I'm going to try some of yours that I haven't read. My current reading is the one about Freud in Manhattan, solving murders. The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld. Haven't got right into it yet but looks promising.
A little known fact about a book. Did you know that the lady who does the church embroidery in P D James book The Lighthouse is based on Jane Lemon? PD came to stay with Jane and was fascinated by her ecclesiastic commissions. They still keep in touch and Jane said that she is a delightful person.
Shirley, I'm glad you are a brave soul with the InkAid. Perhaps I will leave it in the book, after all. It's such a fantastic result that it's worth the hassle. Even worth buying a cheapy printer just for weird stuff. I have an old Epson that I bought from Val, years ago. It's still gives great results. Here is one of my InkAid trials. I made it for an icon type piece, but should have had more contrast in the colour - something you have to watch out for with a metal backing. I may paint over the top with alcohol inks as I rather like the face looking pale and interesting. It will need some stitching, too.
Today I am not allowing myself to work on my book as I have so many odds and ends to clear up. I must also do the 'words' part for the Val CH exhibition. Jane and I have finished mounting all the samples at last. We are theming it by her books so I need to type up all the book details and mount them to go with the boards. I must also do a mini history/CV. It has been keeping me awake at night and I'll be better when it is done.
However, I was so enjoying the book playing that I am sulking and having trouble getting down to work. I have filled several hours with the following, totally unnecessary, displacement activities:
Cleaned out fridge ( not much left after the locust invasion yesterday).
Read Sky magazine ( absolute rubbish)
Accompanied Clive to the local tip and persuaded him into a walk by the river.
Chatted to lots of people by email - including a conversation with Dale about whether it is more tiring to fill a large rubbish skip or feed five grandchildren. Decided on grandchildren.
Given the cat an enema. I was actually trying to put some anti furball stuff in its mouth but it turned round quickly. We are now both traumatised.
Drivelled on in this blog.
I'm going to do it. Now!