Friday, January 29, 2010

Writing

Do you remember the other day that something exciting dropped into my lap? And I flatly refused to tell you what it was? I think I just ignored your pleas in the comments. I am hard of heart…

On Wednesday I promised to come by and tell you about my adventure when I went ‘off piste’ in Bangkok, into Thonburi, where the maps remain oddly blank.

The thing is, I can’t tell you about my adventure… It wasn’t just to chase away the blues. It was also a research trip for a commission. I’ve been asked to write four personal essays on adventures I’ve had in Thailand to be included in a book to be published this year. And I have to say, I’m very excited.

Other good news on the writing front is a blog post, Virtual Coffee Mates, that I’ve written for the Writers' Hub is online. Do please go and look at that – comments are very welcome.

14 comments:

Rebecca said...

Most verily good! Congratulations!

And I notice you've recently read We Need To Talk About kevin! Did you enjoy it? That is one of my favourite books of all time.

Queenie said...

Oh, JJ, how fabulous is THAT??? What wonderful validation of how far you've come along the writer's road. Tonight I shall raise a glass to your success. Three cheers, and very well done indeed!

Debs said...

That's so exciting, congratulations. x

Shall now go to Writers' Hub and have a look.

Denise said...

Ooh, how exciting! Lovely to have the excuse to go and have adventures too.

green ink said...

That's great news! Well done and I look forward to reading them :)

Carol said...

That is wonderful news!! Ooohh you are a talented lady!! Like Queenie, I shall raise a glass in your honour tonight whilst I'm celebrating surviving my first semester at Uni :-)

I'm off to have a read now...

C x

JJ Beattie said...

Rebecca, Thank you. I'm re-reading Kevin now for Book Group. I loved it first time around... and yes, I'm enjoying it again though because I know what I know some of the surprise is/will be lost.

Queenie, *grins* thank you.

Debs, thank you.

Denise, it is. It's very easy to potter about the same places over and over.

Green Ink, thank you. I shall let you know when they are available.

Carol, thank you! Well done on you surviving a first semester. I always knew you could do it.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

That sounds fantastic, congratulations, I'm not surprised you're so excited.

CJ xx

sheepish said...

Oooooh that sounds amazing, well done you, sounds like just the job to put off that second 'you know what'. And I will definitely raise a glass to your steady rise to fame.

HPofP said...

Isn't it funny how you can look and look and look for something and in the end IT finds you? Many congratulations Jen; well deserved success and recognition. I can't wait to see you IN PRINT!
x

SpiralSkies said...

Smiling bigly for you :0) X

DJ Kirkby said...

OMG! I'm very excited for you!!!!! I've given you an (unrelated) award over on my Chez Aspie blog.

LilyS said...

Congratulations and great post on WH

Susie Vereker said...

Brilliant, JJ. Mega congratulations. When will it be out.
Yes, when I reread Kevin, it wasn't the same without the awful shocks. I can't say I loved it because that's not the right word for the shocked impact it had on me first time round. But I thought it a very good book.