If We Were Having Coffee

This post is part of a weekly meme by PartTimeMonster where bloggers talk about the week they’ve had as if they were all sitting down together for a coffee and catch up. The blog posts are also shared on Twitter using the hashtag #weekendcoffeeshare I think it’s a great idea because we’re all so busy filling our blogs with all sorts of great things, we don’t stop for a minute and just catch up with ourselves and each other in a more personal way – though I absolutely do have friendships due to blogging! Anyway, I thought I’d join in and if you fancied it, you will find one post here that explains it a little more.

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If we were having coffee, I’d throw it away and pour myself a tea for starters! Then I’d tell you that it’s been one hell of a week and I’m glad for the sit down with friends and a cuppa in my hand and that today, I mostly intend to spend the day with my feet up reading. Note the use of the word mostly. I do have a couple of bits on today’s to-do list, but only a couple.

It’s been a massive week for my first novel Shallow Waters, only three weeks into the world on its own and it seems to be doing OK out there. The paperback became available on all Amazon stores this week, so if you’re not an ebook reader, you can now get your copy in paper format. On Monday I announced that you could get your name in the next DI Hannah Robbins ECDA-GoldStar-Dec-2014 (2)novel HERE and there’s still time…  And also on Monday I found out that the cover for the book had not won December’s cover contest over on Joel Friedlanders blog but it had come in so close it had earned itself a gold star. Friedlander is a big name in the Indie publishing world. I was really proud as was my cover designer Christa at paperandsage.


I started the first in my series of Bite-sized (10 minute) interviews with crime authors for my YouTube channel and interviewed crime author Mel Sherratt on the differences between self and traditional publishing. I’m looking forward to growing this area of social media. I think it went really well and both Mel and I enjoyed doing it.

10347173_760625297339052_2557976632202978905_nOn Tuesday I had a hospital appointment with an orthopaedic surgeon about my thumbs as they both subluxate (the joints come out-of-place but not a full dislocate) due to the Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and it’s getting pretty painful for me. I only wanted thumb splints, but he examined me and was lovely. And after a raft of awful hospital appointments I was extremely happy. He said I could have the splints but in the future I may need my thumbs fusing if they get worse. I can ask my GP to refer me back to him at any point. I actually had the thumb splint made up that day! These are the awful NHS splints I have to wear. I am now starting to be velcro’d together on the outside…

When I can afford it though, I am aiming to get these beautiful things instead. These silver thumb splints will look more like jewellry than a disability aid!


From the Silver Ring Splint Company
From the Silver Ring Splint Company

And my final comment before my tea goes cold is I took the plunge and drafted my first contributors post over at Sourcerers blog. It will go live on Monday. Writing on your own blog is one thing. Doing it on someone else’s is something else entirely. If you read it, I do hope you enjoy it and come back for more.

I’ve enjoyed chatting to you. If you’re not doing coffee already on a Saturday (There is a sign up linky each week) and you don’t have scheduled posts in, it would be great to see you and see what you have personally been up to in the week. See you next week – for tea! 🙂

39 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee

  1. Rebecca – That silver ring splint is absolutely lovely! And thanks for catching us all up on what you’ve been doing. I’m really pleased for you about Shallow Water‘s success. Well deserved!

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  2. Ohhh. You have a YouTube Channel and I did not realize! I don’t comment over there, but I love to share some videos. I subscribed to it. Also followed you on Pinterest, because I think it’s silly to visit all these blogs and not be building boards when I can find stuff to pin.

    I’ll shoot you an email once I scan the post. I have no doubt that it will be fabulous!

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    1. I needed the YouTube channel for the book club videos but decided I needed to do more with it this year, hence the bite-sized interview idea. Thank you for subscribing! Pinterest is something else I need to work on. I need to create a blog post board and then work on creating better images that can be pinned. I’ve recently found picmonkey for editing which has helped me with the thumbnails for my YouTube videos so it’s onwards and upwards.

      As for scanning my post, the thought terrifies me! 🙂


    1. Thanks Jacqui, it is a great idea for a feature isn’t it? A quick catch up and round up of our weeks. A way to throw new ideas around and update on running ones. And yes, it meant a great deal to be picked as a significant cover for Joel Friedlanders blog. My designer was, as you can imagine, thrilled. She had no idea I’d entered it!


  3. Congratulations on your first release! I’m late I know, but I’m so happy for you. It is great that it is doing well. Sorry about your thumbs. I agree, those silver thumb splints do look like jewelry, cool ones in fact. Wishing you and your family the best.

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  4. First, congratulations. Your book cover (almost) win is a big deal. Second, for a writer hand troubles are the worst! I spent 6 weeks in splints once to avoid surgery and it was not easy. I wish you all the best with your thumbs, I hope the new splints work wonders. Tea with you was fun. Thanks for sharing a bit about your week.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by! The splints aren’t the best, but they are actually giving me some relief so for that I’m grateful. It means I can do less work on my phone though as they are quite unwieldy as you know. And thank you for your congratulations, I’m really proud of Shallow Waters 🙂


  5. I’d tell you I know exactly how you feel about contributing to someone else’s blog, I’m a little nervous too – but it’s an excited kind. I’d congratulate you on the gold star for the Shallow Waters cover, and the fact your novel is now in print (it’s so exciting when you receive the first copy!). Enjoy the rest of your day 🙂

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    1. Thank you. Unfortunately, my hands won’t heal, it’s going to stay this way or get worse, but I will learn to cope with it.

      And the cake was delicious, that’s why it’s already half eaten by the time I took the photo! 🙂


    1. Thank you! And the splint, it looks dainty, but I’ve tried it on and it’s actually quite solid and sturdy and does the job really well. The idea is to stop your joints moving past the point their supposed to, which mine are moving way past and they do a great job. They have a bar that goes down the back that’s not quite as visible as well which helps keep everything in place. I can’t wait!

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