My wife is 30 today –
HAPPY BIRTHDAY GAIL!!!
For the first time since I began writing this blog, I’ve broken the 1,000 unique visitors in a single week mark. Between 25 Feb and 2 March, 1,083 people visited Freedom from the Mundane; that’s a daily average of 155 different users. Between them, they loaded up 1,390 pages (199 daily avg.) Not bad – not bad at all!
I’d like to say a big thank you to all my readers for making this blog such a popular spot on the Internet.
To bring me back down to earth, I got my first rejection of the month in this morning; On A Monday Morning was turned down by Glimmer Train – kind of appropriate I thought.
An interesting thing happened recently that I forgot to share with you. My FIL, who is not renowned as a big reader, picked up one of Laura’s books while she was round at his house with Gail. Nobody realised he was reading until they heard his belly-aching laughter emanating from the living room. When they went through to see what he was laughing at, he said to Gail: “This book is hilarious – it’s the sort of stuff Colin would like.”
Gail looked at the cover of the book. It was Poolside Poetry, written by yours truly – he hadn’t realised he was reading my work. “Of course Colin would like it,” said Gail. “He wrote it!”
A most gratifying moment of appreciation for my work, there has never been.
I also got the third and fourth drafts of the Viagogo articles completed for TLB, and made some more good progress on Slick, including the start to an entire new section I feel is needed to clarify certain police procedural points, as well as smoothing out the plot. It involved Lennox, so it was great to write it.
After work it was time for another celebration, this time for Gail’s 30th. Having seeing her open her cards and presents in the morning, we went out as a family to Vittoria’s on Leith Walk. We had a fantastic time, probably one of the best family meals we have had.
Afterwards, I had my TLB deadline to meet, so rather reluctantly, I hit the keyboard for an hour to complete the Viagogo articles, and get them submitted to my editor. Fingers crossed on that one.